Culture scholarships   Year: 2020  


“The best thing about this job is that there will always be things left to develop and explore. I get to go into so many different lives and situations. Try and test them. I have a hard time imagining work that could be more fun.”

The actress Josefin Neldén has, since she made her debut in Ulf Malmros’ Tjenare kungen as a 19-year-old, acted in a number of film and television productions alongside her theatre work. For the past ten or eleven years, Gothenburg audiences have been able to follow her in many of Backa Teater’s productions for children and young people. She has met us on the big screen as MMA fighter, Lena, in the Håkan Hellström-based Känn ingen sorg. She entered our living rooms as the union and politically engaged, Maggan, in the TV series Vår tid är nu. Most recently, she played the psychotic mother in Maria Bäck’s feature film Psykos i Stockholm.


Over the past decade, the actor, Josefin Neldén, has appeared in a number of acclaimed performances at Backa Teater, in her hometown of Gothenburg.

On both the stage and the screen, her concentrated presence and striking interpretations have left a strong impression. Her acting is characterised by an effort to always reach as far and as deep as possible. In the role that brought her to the attention of a larger audience, the union-committed waitress, Maggan, in the TV series Vår tid är nu, she portrays with great sensitivity a life story and a development story that extends over the three seasons of the series.

For her exact interpretations, subtle expressions and versatile acting, Josefin Neldén is awarded a scholarship for 2020 from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.