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Who is Vivelill Søgaard Holm from Elves? Career and roles explored

Bruno Cooke November 29, 2021
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Danish fantasy drama series Elves (or Elfen; original title: Nisser) became available to watch on Netflix yesterday (November 28). It stars, among others, Danish actress Vivelill Søgaard Holm – who is she, what is her age, and what else has she been in? Plus, what is the meaning of “nisser” in English?

Who is Vivelill Søgaard Holm?

Born in April 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Søgaard Holm is a Danish actress and dancer. She cut her teeth at Gaardbo Dance Academy, where she danced from the age of six.

Six years later, when she was 12, casting agent Amanda-lie Rasmussen “spotted” her for the role of Liv in Daniel Borgman’s horror film Resin.

She played alongside Peter Plaugborg, Sofie Gråbøl, Ghita Nørby and Amanda Collin. Dutch film blog The Protagonists praised her acting, especially because it was her first on-screen appearance.

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What is her age?

Søgaard Holm is currently 16 years old – she will turn 17 next April. She lives with her family – mother, father and older brother Elvis – in Copenhagen, per her IMDB bio (written by a family member). 

Elfen, or Elves, is only her second on-screen role. She appears in all six episodes. 

As a model, she is represented by Elite, a chain modelling agency with locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London and Toronto. Per her agency profile, Vivelill Søgaard Holm is 5ft 10in tall (178cm) and has blue-grey eyes.

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What is the meaning of the series’ original name ‘Nisser’?

A “nisse” (or, in Norwegian, a “tomte”, “tomtenisse” or “tonttu”) is a mythological creature from Nordic and Scandinavian folklore.

They are household spirits often imagined as small, elderly men with full white beards and dressed in traditional farming clothes such as a woollen tunic, breeches and stockings.

In modern Denmark, meanwhile, nisser can be beardless, with grey and red woollens with a red cap. They are elusive creatures, smaller than humans but not very very small.

As the tradition goes, people leave a single bowl of porridge with butter in it on Christmas Eve. This appeases the nisse, who delivers presents to the household on Christmas. 

English translations – for example in the English editions of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales – include “goblin”, “hobgoblin” and “pixie”.

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Will there be a season 2 of Elves on Netflix?

Season 1 of Elves became available to watch on Netflix yesterday, on November 28.

While Netflix has yet to make an official announcement regarding the possibility of a second season, Scandinavian folk horror is experiencing something of a renaissance. 

The enduring popularity of films like Ari Aster’s Midsommar (2019), André Øvredal’s Trollhunter (2010) and David Bruckner’s The Ritual (2017; British but set in Sweden) shows that there is appetite for the genre. 

If Netflix does renew Elves for a second season, it seems likely – because of the relationship between nisser and Christmas – that it would aim to release it by next December, in time for the holiday season.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.