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.