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5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Borgen' Star Sidse Babett Knudsen

Sidse Babett Knudsen is the 44-year-old stunner who stars on "Borgen" and plays steely Prime Minster Birgitte Nyborg Christensen. Though we know she is unmarried and has an eight-year-old son, the award-winning actress doesn't talk much about her personal life in interviews.

We did manage to underneath these cool tidbits about the actress. Here are five things you didn't know about Sidse Babett Knudsen:

  • She got her start in theater school in France, even though she didn't know French. Knudsen faked her way through the first months' lessons by nodding whenever the teacher addressed her. [The Scotsman]
  • Knudsen donated her body to science when she lived in New York. "I was a guinea pig and earned money by eating diabetes pills that you had to take with the Pill - they needed somebody who'd never had fake hormones in her life." [The Scotsman]

  • Knudsen, who went to school in Africa and later attended high school in Europe, speaks perfect Queen's English. She also knows French from her training in Paris and conversational Swahili. [The Sun]

  • She was nominated for a 2012 International Emmy Award for best performance by an actress.

  • She's good at singing and dancing. Check out the clip of her below singing "99 Red Balloons" in German on her touring comedy show.

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