Hera Hilmar

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Hera Hilmar - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Hera Hilmar is an Icelandic actress. She entered the film industry at 1995 and since then has been appearing in various acting projects as well as receiving a number of awards.

Some of her most notable works are Da Vinci’s Demons (2013-2015),  Anna Karenina (2012), Life in a Fishbowl (2014), and The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017).


Hera Hilmar started her acting career with a dazzling role in the 2007 movie The Quiet Storm, for which she was nominated for Actress of the Year but did not win.

However, she won that very award twice for her performances in the movies Life in the Fishbowl (2014) and The Oath (2016).

In 2015, she had the opportunity to travel to Turkey to shoot for a historical movie called The Ottoman Lieutenant, which was released in 2017.

After that, she kept on working on several movies including The Wish (2020), Mortal Engines (2018), The Ashram (2018), Summer Children (2017), and numerous others.

Besides acting on the big screen, she was also active on the small screen. Some of the TV series she starred in consist of Mortal Artists (2018), The Romanoffs (2018), and Da Vinci’s Demons (2013).

She also had an international role, which was one of her hits in the TV series titled See (2019). She acted in the series alongside actor Christian Camargo.

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  • Real Name: Hera Hilmarsdóttir
  • Stage Names: Hera Hilmar
  • Also Known as: –
  • Nickname: Hera
  • Birthday: December 27, 1988
  • Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Nationality: Icelandic
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education:  London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Hobbies: Travelling, sports, listening to music, reading modern literature
  • Facebook: –
  • Twitter: @HeraHilmar
  • Instagram: @herahilmar
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  • YouTube: –

Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance

  • Height: 170 cm (5’7”)
  • Weight: 55 kg (121 lbs)
  • Blood Type: –
  • Hair Color: Ginger Blonde 
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Body Measurements: 32-24-34 (Bust -32, Waist -24, and Hips -34 inches)
  • Shoe Size: 6 (US)
  • Dress Size: 4 (US)


  • Father: Hilmar Oddsson 
  • Mother: Thorey Sigthorsdottir 
  • Brother: – 
  • Sister: –
  • (anak jika ada)

Boyfriend & Dating History

She has never been involved in a publicly disclosed relationship. Chances are, she tends to keep her personal and dating life private.

Net Worth

It is not known how much exactly her net worth is, but multiple sources estimate the number to lie between $1 million to $5 million.

She appeared to earn her income mainly through her career as an actress.


  • Hera Hilmar received a Richard Carne scholarship while studying at LAMDA.
  • Her natural eye color is blue.
  • She first debuted as a child actress in the 1990s.
  • Hera is an only child.
  • She once spent the whole night studying Polish accent for an audition.
  • Her father, Hilmar Oddsson, is a director, while her mother, Thorey Sigthorsdottir, is an actress.
  • Hera Hilmar is a natural blonde.
  • Hera’s grandfather, Oddur Björnsson, was a screenwriter and songwriter.
  • She graduated from LAMDA in 2011.
  • Hera is very active on her social media platforms.
  • She enjoys traveling.
  • Her real surname, Hilmarsdóttir, means Hilmar’s daughter in English.
  • Hera is a dog person.
  • She has been working as an actress since 1995.
  • Her ideal type is…

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  • Reply to a Letter from Helga (2022), as Helga
  • Last Dance (2020), as Woman
  • The Wish (2020), as Halla
  • Interdependence Film 2019 (2019), as self
  • Mortal Engines (2018), as Hester Shaw
  • The Ashram (2018), as Sophie
  • Summer Children (2017), uncredited
  • An Ordinary Man (2017), as Tanja
  • The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017), as Lillie
  • The Oath (2016), as Anna
  • Alleycats (2016), as Trix
  • Get Santa (2014), as WPC Boyle
  • Life in a Fishbowl (2014), as Eik
  • The Fifth Estate (2013), as Wikileaks Staffer
  • We Are the Freaks (2013), as Iona
  • Anna Karenina (2012), as Varya
  • Undercurrent (2010), as the production assistant
  • The Good Heart (2009), as the production assistant
  • Two Birds (2008), as Lára
  • The Quiet Storm (2007), as Disa
  • No Trace (1998), as Barn
  • Tears of Stone (1995), uncredited

TV Series

  • The Cipher (2020 | Roku), as Isabella
  • See (Apple TV+ | 2019), as Maghra
  • Mortal Artists (YouTube | 2018), as self
  • The Romanoffs (Amazon Prime Video | 2018), as Ondine
  • Harley and the Davidsons (Discovery Channel | 2016), as Emma
  • Da Vinci’s Demons (BBC Worldwide | 2013), as Vanessa
  • Leaving (ITV | 2012), as Paulina
  • World Without End (Channel 4 | 2012), as Margery
  • Hamarinn (PBS | 2010), as Una
  • Svartir englar (Channel 4 | 2008), as Aðalheiður
  • Áramótaskaup (RÚV | 2007), uncredited

TV Shows

  • The 2019 European Film Awards (HBO | 2019), as the host
  • IMDb on the Scene – Interviews (YouTube | 2019), as a guest
  • Red Carpet Report (YouTube | 2019), as a guest
  • D’Astrain at the Cinema (El Cinema | 2018), as a guest
  • Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC | 2018), as a guest
  • Made in Hollywood (Syndication | 2018), as a guest
  • Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Show (Disney XD | 2018), as a guest


  • 2017 Edda Awards, Iceland – Actress of the Year – The Oath
  • 2015 Edda Awards, Iceland – Actress of the Year – Get Santa
  • 2015 Berlin International Film Festival – EFP Shooting Star – Hera Hilmar
  • 2014 Zurich Film Festival – International Feature Film – Get Santa
  • 2007 Edda Awards, Iceland – Actor or Actress of the Year – The Quiet Storm


“I think the book was always the source material. Both for the script, for everyone, for the filmmakers, for us, for the actors.”

“When I was growing up I was very often looking up to male roles and male actors because most of the films I was watching had male protagonists, and they had the best storylines and characters. So when I was growing up, I was constantly thinking, Oh, I can be Al Pacino, I can play those parts. And then you kind of realize there is this divide, and hopefully, that has changed now.”

“I love playing people who make you go “oh fuck,” you know? They are challenging and make us a bit uncomfortable. It’s just fun to go there. One of the audition scenes was me with the kid. To know that someone could turn so quickly, it’s so gross and so full-on, but so honest from her. Yeah, it was fun to play, I guess.”

“I never stopped having to write something or play something; it was a constant thing. I mean, I’m not writing or directing now, but maybe I will at some point.”

“I’d never really worked with a stylist before. I used to find the idea of a personal stylist really uncomfortable because I was like why do I want someone else telling me what to wear? I’ll just wear what I like and what I feel good in. And then I realized what it actually is when you are filming and doing a tour and you need someone to help you out.”

“I think actors can be creative, but the creativity comes out more in shoots because you want to have that neutrality about you as an actor to morph into different roles.”

“I just love people who wear whatever the fuck they like and feel good in.”

“Where I live in London, there are a lot of shops with really snazzy clothes, fashion that is a little more foreign to me being from Iceland, and I think, Oh my god, how could they wear that? And then I see someone in it, and they are really loving it, and it just takes confidence.”

“There are a lot of people out there you don’t want to let down. At the same time, I feel like there’s a lot of support. There’s a lot of excitement and good energy coming from a group of people like that.”

“I do find it sometimes a little bit scary when suddenly you can’t hide behind a character and you have to talk a lot about yourself. But you get over that.”

“I grew up with [acting] world being the norm: my father being a film director and the more momentary work for my mother being an actress. I think I understood the struggles of living in that world—it’s not easy. Also, the amount of work, time, effort, happiness, and all these things together that go into creating a film, for example.”

“My parents were not the kind of people who push their kids into doing [acting]. If anything, they really tried to stop me from doing it because it’s a tough world. You don’t want your kid going into it when maybe something else is safer, although sometimes that isn’t the case at all. But you know, you end up doing what you want. It’s all good now.”

“I look back and I’m really proud of my 16-year-old self like, “You really put the work in.” I spent a lot of time on my character work on my own, creating memories and creating my whole world. So I liked what I did.”

“There are things you only learn from the real world, but drama school is a great place to practice and fall and try out things over the course of three or four years. There are a lot of stuff that you just have to leave behind from school that don’t serve you in any way, too, but it gives you a lot of good stuff.”

“You have to connect to the human in everyone. Of course you can get a bit starstruck and stuff, but I think the more you can cut away from that and just see the human being, you can connect more as people.”

“I never really wanted to be known as a character, like stuck in a role. I would always want to keep doing diverse things as an actor.”

“Beauty isn’t flawless. Beauty is flawed, usually. Everything is. Some things are more obviously flawed and some things aren’t. Life goes up and down in waves and I hope we go down from the wave and into the wave of flawed beauty now.”

Hera Hilmar has spread her scope of career internationally. With her impressive acting experience, it is no wonder that she is strongly recognized even on a scale of the global entertainment industry.