A Closer Look at Mille Dinesen, Star of ‘Rita’

Mille Dinesen as Rita

A very popular post on this blog is about the Danish show Rita, which is a hit on Netflix. Mille Dinesen is the star of Rita. I thought readers would appreciate learning more about her, seeing some photos and some video, and finding out how to keep track of her.

She was born in 1974, which makes her 41 years old. She’s only been acting for the last 10 years or so, if IMDB is reliable. (It generally is skimpy for European actors, but it’s all the info we’ve got.) Before she stepped in front of the camera, she was a production assistant. She completed her acting training at State Theatre School in 2004. Her first credit is for the Danish Bridget Jones, Nynne, which turned out to be a huge success and made her very well known in Denmark.

the poster for Nynne
Mille Dinesen started off with a starring role in Nynne.

She’s been consistently busy since that beginning. She’s done a TV series on Nynne, several movies and was in a few episodes of a favorite of mine, Borgen, as Birgitte Nyborg’s ex husband’s new girlfriend.

You can find her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram. On Twitter she’s @milledin.

Here are a couple of photos from her Instagram account. Remember when her Rita co-star Lise Baastrup dressed up like Rita in one episode? Here’s a photo of that look-alike situation.

Ikke alt er som det plejer i aftenens afsnit af RITA 👊 @ritatv2 #tv2play #tv2danmark #netflix #ritaseason3

A photo posted by Mille Dinesen (@milledin) on

I don’t know about you, but I simply loved Rita’s closet with its endless supply of plaid shirts. I want that closet for my own.

Tøjkrise…ALDRIG! …på med RITAuniformen 👊 @ritatv2 @tv2danmark #netflix #ritaseason3 A photo posted by Mille Dinesen (@milledin) on

The translations of Danish articles by Google from Danish to English are almost unintelligible, so it’s a bit hard to tell much about her personal life. I managed to figure out that she’s interested in her health and in eating right. For a time, she was not very well, and she strives to maintain good health now.

She lives in Copenhagen, near where she was born and near her family. She was married, but is now single. She told one interviewer, “I could not have made ‘Rita’ if I had had so much as a hamster to take care of.” She commented that she’d been on Nynne for so long she was typecast as that. She’s very happy that her character on Rita is so different. In this interview, she described Rita as being politically incorrect with a masculine energy.

I’m hoping for a 4th season of Rita, but I’m also hoping that whatever Mille Dinesen does next will be brought to American audiences.

See also: My interview with Christian Torpe, the creator of Rita.

12 thoughts on “A Closer Look at Mille Dinesen, Star of ‘Rita’”

  1. I have really enjoyed the series & love the variety of characters. We have friends in Denmark who have told us how much they love the show too. Hope to see another season.

  2. I urge anyone who liked Rita to try to get a hold of the series Nynne. DVDs with English subtitles basically only available on ebay Australia. Out of stock on Amazon UK. The movie Nynne was fun but the tv series was much much better. Nynne is as good as, if not better than, Rita. Dinesen is awesome in Nynne.

  3. Mille Dinesen is the very best actor for “Rita”. I have seen the first 2 seasons in German Language – and its great!!!

  4. Just discovered Rita while being ill and in the house for a week….watched all three of this remarkable program. I was happy to see how many personal, family and social issues were addressed frankly and with compassion. This series should win some kind of award, along with Mille Dinesen who turns in a performance any actress would be proud of. And if you are a fan of Denmark, which I am, you have the joy of a vicarious visit. Superb and memorable!

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