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International Star You Should Know: Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

Birgitte Hjort Sorensen broke through playing TV newswoman Katrine Fonsmark in 2010’s hit series “Borgen,” and although it was a Danish-language show, it proved to be her Hollywood calling card. “It was one of my first roles after graduating from college, and it also attracted huge audiences overseas,” the 34-year-old Sorensen says.

RECORD PACE: Her talent for singing and dancing — and her fluent English — helped her land a role in “Pitch Perfect 2,” and she can been seen in the Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger 1970s music-business drama “Vinyl” on HBO as Andy Warhol acolyte Ingrid. It’s a part she says presents a different challenge. “On ‘Borgen’ I knew we were doing 20 episodes; I knew my character arc,” she says. “But on ‘Vinyl,’ I knew very little about the plot. … Ultimately I just knew I was in good hands.”

STAGE & SCREEN: The actress has starred on stage in London — playing Roxie Hart in “Chicago” in 2008, and in 2013 she was cast opposite Tom Hiddleston in the Donmar Warehouse’s “Coriolanus.” Citing her parts in “Vinyl,” “Pitch Perfect 2” and a short but powerful arc on “Game of Thrones,” she says she’s been getting a wider range of work in the U.S. than she gets in Denmark.

HOME COOKING: Sorensen still loves to make films in her native country, having recently wrapped Jens Dahl’s “3 Things,” in which she stars opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “I’m grateful to work in Denmark; it allows me to stretch different acting muscles, and we have great directors,” says Sorensen, citing Lars von Trier as a helmer she’d love to work with. “He constantly pushes the limits of what a film can do,” she notes.

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