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HERA HILMAR (Hester Shaw) is already firmly established as one of today's most celebrated Nordic actors and is fast becoming one of the most exciting and sought-after talents in film and television.

Hailing from Iceland, but undertaking her training at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, Hilmar earned international recognition when she was selected as a European Film Promotion Shooting Star at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival for her lead role in Life in a Fishbowl-a drama comprised of three tales about three people who have a lasting effect on each other. She claimed Iceland's most prestigious film accolade, an Edda Award, for her performance; an honor which would be bestowed on her again in 2017 for her role in Baltasar Kormakur's The Oath, which earned her a second Actress of the Year Award.

In 2017, Hilmar was seen in An Ordinary Man, which also starred Ben Kingsley. Brad Silberling's drama follows a war criminal in hiding who forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world-his maid, portrayed by Hilmar. That same year, Hilmar starred alongside Michel Huissman and Josh Harnett in Joseph Ruben's The Ottoman Lieutenant, a war drama that centered on the relationship of an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer during World War I. Earlier this year, she was seen in The Ashram, which also starred Melissa Leo, Sam Keeley and Kal Penn.

Hera was introduced to international audiences in Joe Wright's 2012 Oscar-nominated Anna Karenina. Tom Stoppard's adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy story of 19th century Russian high society tells the story of St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina as she enters a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

She went on to take a leading role in Starz's hit historical fantasy Da Vinci's Demons, opposite Tom Riley and Laura Haddock. Running across three series, the show follows Leonardo Da Vinci during his early days in Florence, as a young artist, inventor and dreamer, trying to change his future.

In 2016, Hilmar starred in Ian Bonhote's action-thriller Alleycats alongside Josh Whitehouse and John Hannah. Later that year, she returned to television in the Discovery Channel mini-series Harley and the Davidsons. Based on a true story, this biographical story charts the birth of the iconic bike, the Harley-Davidson, during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century.

Her other notable film credits include Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, and the 2014 festive family-comedy Get Santa with Rafe Spall, Jim Broadbent and Warwick Davis. Hilmar has also been featured in Ridley Scott's television mini-series World Without End.


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