Torstein Ivarsson Bjørklund is half Icelandic and half Norwegian,and hails from Tromsø, Norway. He studied acting at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre, and has performed in several theatrical productions at the regional theater in Tromsø, including William' Shakespeare's King Lear.
Torstein performed in a handful of short films before landing his first feature film role in 2013 with the Norwegian drama film Victoria, based on Knut Hamsun's novel of the same name, and starring Stellan Skarsgård's son Bill Skarsgård. His first lead role was in the 2014 science fiction movie Morgenrøde (Dawn), a post-apocalyptic story about two survivors in a water-polluted world, told with only two actors and sparse dialogue.
Torstein landed one of his most notable roles to date when he played Norwegian resistance member Arne Kjelstrup in the 2015 Norwegian/Danish/British war drama TV miniseries The Heavy Water War (renamed The Saboteurs in the United Kingdom). Set during the Second World War, the series depicts the events leading up to the Norwegian heavy water sabotage, a bold plan executed by Norwegian and British intelligence in 1943 to blow up the heavy water factory in Norway, which was crucial to the Nazi's atomic weapon development.
In 2016, Torstein was cast as Beowulf on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He nabbed the role by sending an audition tape where he used a real sword that he found via Facebook - since Beowulf is a sword fighter, he wanted to use a real sword instead of waving a broom around. The trick worked, and the people who did the casting told him that his performance was some of the best they'd ever seen.
- His stunt double on Once Upon a Time was the same as Leonardo DiCaprio stunt man in the 2015 movie The Revenant.
|Once Upon a Time: Season Six|
|"The Savior":||"A Bitter Draught":||"The Other Shoe":||"Strange Case":||"Street Rats":||"Dark Waters":||"Heartless":||"I'll Be Your Mirror":||"Changelings":||"Wish You Were Here":||"Tougher Than the Rest":|
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