Ólafur Darri Ólafsson is 6ft 5in, has a beard like a pine forest and the gait of a grizzly bear. He’s Iceland’s biggest star – and most unlikely sex symbol. The 42-year-old actor is currently playing the stoic police chief Andri in Trapped, Iceland’s most expensive TV show ever, which is raging like a blizzard in BBC4’s primetime Saturday night slot.
“He looks like one of the looming mountains in the fjord,” says the show’s creator, Baltasar Kormákur. “I didn’t want to go with a typical leading man, although I got pressure to. Ólafur Darri was always my first choice. He has become something of a Gérard Depardieu figure in Iceland. Women here swoon over him, believe it or not.”
Alpha males are alpha males after all.
And perhaps the worse the climate in general the more a bear of a man is that alpha?