Sidse Babett Knudsen
, who plays Birgitte, says, "It never occurred to me that this would travel abroad.
, who brings grace and authority to the role, makes it clear that Brigitte is doing something daring, something she
wasn't sure she
could carry off.
combination of timidy and bravery is stirring.
"Danish women love British men," says Knudsen
Knudsen, who previously acted in many Danish films, became something of a celebrity through playing at the centre of this series.
a private sort of celebrity: She
gives interviews about her
work but won't speak about her
said to have a son but won't confirm that or say whether she
has a partner.
On the street Danes usually just smile at her as she rides her bike among them, occasionally telling her they wish she was the prime minister.
In France, Borgen made her
insists that Birgitte was not based on an actual politician but there's a rumour she
was modelled on Margrethe Vestager, the former economics minister, recently appointed competition commissioner of the European Union
After the production of Borgen ended, some of the people involved wanted to produce a fourth season.
is all for it, but she
prefers to wait.
"I think we should do Season Four in ten years," she
thinks that the future possibilities of Birgitte leave plenty of room for drama.