We first meet Konstantin on Killing Eve in the pilot episode when he shows up at the chic Parisian apartment of Villanelle played by Jodie Comer. In the scene, Villanelle is making a smoothie. While she goes about her business she mocks Konstantin for his intimidation tactics that strike her as annoying as opposed to frightening.
What’s frightening is how little we know about the actor who plays Konstantin, Kim Bodnia. To remedy this, keep reading about Bodnia.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 12, 1965, Kim Bodnia didn’t start acting until his teen years, according to IMDb. His mom suggested he apply at acting schools so he did. He applied at the National Theatre School in Copenhagen at the age of 16 but didn’t get in. He applied for a second time a year later in 1987 and was accepted. He graduated four years later in 1991.
Bodnia’s breakthrough role
Bodnia’s big break came in 1994 when appeared in the thriller, Nightwatch.
Bodnia was recognized for his performance in Nightwatch at the Danish film academy’s Robert awards, which are similar to the Academy Awards, according to Screen Daily. He received a Robert Award for best supporting actor.
Bodnia had a child named Louis in 1993 named Louis with of his fellow Nightwatch cast members, Lotte Andersen.
After his success in Nightwatch, Bodnia created two companies; Bella Entertainment1 and Bella Productions. They have since produced a number of films Bodnia has directed himself.
Then in 1996, Bodnia starred in the film, Pusher, which received critical acclaim. After that, Bodnia got a number of high profile film roles including Bleeder, Escape, Dragonfly, and In China They Eat Dogs.
In 2010, he appeared in the Oscar-winning film, In A Better World, by Danish director, Susanne Bier, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Bodnia also appeared alongside Pierce Brosnan and Danish actress Trine Dyrholm in the 2012 film, Love Is All You Need.
His TV acting credits
Bodnia’s most famous television role is his role as Martin Rohde on the Danish/Swedish show, The Bridge I and II. In 2014, he won a best actor award for the role at The Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo.
Bodnia, who is Jewish, later quit the show because anti-semitism got so bad in the Swedish city of Malmo, where the show was filmed, according to The Telegraph.
“It’s growing, and especially in Malmo, where we shot The Bridge in Sweden, it’s not very nice and comfortable to be there as a Jewish person,” Bodnia told Walla!, an Israeli website.
Bodnia had previously cited differences with the scriptwriters as the reason for his departure from the show.
Arguably Bodnia’s most famous role to date is his role as Konstantin on Killing Eve. Bodnia played Konstantin in Season 1 but we don’t know if Konstantin will make an appearance in Season 2 after — spoiler alert! — his character’s demise in Season 1. We know some episodes of Killing Eve have flashbacks so there’s a chance he may appear in one of those in Season 2.
Bodnia’s personal life
Bodnia has four children. One we mentioned earlier with actress Lotte Andersen and three others with another Danish actress who coincidentally has the same last name. Bodnia and Rikke Louise Andersson share three children together – Charlie, Miles, and Nomi – and got married in 2013.