Field of Art: Actor / Lyricist
Introduced by: Katla Donnelly
Award Presented by: Katla Donnelly
Thor Kristjansson, birth name Þorvaldur Davíð Kristjánsson, was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. A prominent child actor, Thor first found fame as the voice of Simba in the Icelandic language version of Disney’s Lion King. Subsequent voiceovers include appearances in Toy Story and Happy Feet. Thor has performed in many of Icelands most prestigious theaters, including The Icelandic National Theater and Reykjavik City Theater. Þorvaldur moved to New York in 2007 to pursue a BFA in The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where he graduated in 2011 as a member of Group 40. His education was fully funded by scholarships and through the personal assistance of, the academy award winner and former Juilliard alumni, Robin Williams. Thor made his debut, as the leading role, in the feature film Black’s Game, only a year after his graduation from The Juilliard School. When Black’s Game opened in Iceland it was an instant hit with audiences and critics alike, becoming the biggest box office hit in 2012 and the 2nd highest grossing Icelandic movie in history. Thor is based in Reykjavik and Los Angeles and is currently represented by Creative Arists Agency and Untitled Entertainment.
Thor is currently working on his first Hollywood studio film: Dracula Untold. Produced by Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Michael De Luca. It’s directed by Gary Shore. Thor Kristjansson stars with Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Samantha Barks. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army.