Hera Hilmarsdóttir (born 27 December 1988) popularly known as Hera Hilmar, is an Icelandic actress. She first started acting in the 1990s as a child actress and resumed acting in 2008.
Early Life and Career
Hilmar is the daughter of the film director Hilmar Oddsson and the actress Thorey Sigthorsdottir (Þórey Sigþórsdóttir). Her grandfather was the playwright and theater director Oddur Björnsson.
She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2011.
Hilmar was nominated for an Edda as Actress of the Year in a leading role in 2007 for her role in The Quiet Storm. Later she won the same award, twice, first in 2015 for her role as Eik in Life in a Fishbowl, and then in 2017 for her role as Anna in The Oath. She was also chosen as one of Europe’s Shooting Stars at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, as well as winning a ‘special mention’ at the Zurich Film Festival for her role in Life in a Fishbowl.
In 2015, Hilmar explored Turkey to prepare for the production of the period drama film The Ottoman Lieutenant, in which she played Lillie Rowe, a 20-year-old nurse from a prominent Philadelphia family. While there, she remarked the landscape around the filming location is breathtaking. Around the same time, Hilmar played Tanja, a Serbian agent disguised as a housemaid alongside Ben Kingsley in Brad Silberling’s film, An Ordinary Man, which was later screened in 2017 before being released direct-to-video in June 2018.
In 2016, Hilmar starred in The Ashram, which was released two years later.
In February 2017, less than two months after her 28th birthday, Hilmar was doing a play in Iceland when she heard about Peter Jackson’s film, Mortal Engines, based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve. Writer Philippa Boyens described her audition via Skype was “fl@wless”, and she was cast thereafter. Her character, Hester Shaw, is different than in the novel, as she is aged up a bit, and is made a protagonist. The film received negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office. As of 2021, this film is currently her last international film role before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In June 2018, Hilmar was cast in Matt Weiner’s anthology series The Romanoffs. On October 18, 2018, it was reported that she joined the Apple TV+ series See, alongside Christian Camargo. She plays Maghra, the wife of Baba Voss, a character played by Jason Momoa.
Despite taking a break from acting in the wake of the pandemic, she collaborated with the Icelandic Film Centre for the 2020 short films Last Dance and Óskin, as well as filming for the feature-length film adaptation of Svar við bréfi Helgu.
Hera Hilmar is currently single and not in any relationship. Hera Hilmar is also not yet married.
Hera Hilmar’s net worth as of 2021 is estimated at around $2 million – $10 million (net worth estimated in 2021).