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Sara Heldt

Sara Heldt (b. 1960) is one of the writers behind the Emmy Award nominated TV production The Crown Princess (2006). Together with Swedish screenwriter Johan Widerberg she wrote Death of a Pilgrim (2013) and Another Time, Another Life (2014), the popular series based on the best-selling and award-winning novels by Leif GW Persson, both of which were nominated for the prestigious Prix Europa in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

With a long and outstanding career in film and television, Heldt is one of Sweden’s most experienced and popular screenwriters. Her feature film credits include the popular children’s movie LasseMajas Detective Agency (2008), The Guy in the Grave Next Door (2002) directed by Kjell Sundvall and starring Michael Nyqvist, as well as Winter Bay (1996) directed by Harald Hamrell. The latter two were both nominated for a Guldbagge Award for ‘Best Script’ at The Official Swedish Film Awards.


Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Kristallen Awards Nominee (Best Television Drama) Sweden – En pilgrims död Death of a Pilgrim 2013
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Sweden – Grabben i graven bredvid The Boy in the Grave Next to Me 2003
Guldbagge Award Nomination for “The Guy in the Grave Next Door” (Best Screenplay) – Grabben i graven bredvid The Boy in the Grave Next to Me 2003
Guldbagge Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Sweden – Vinterviken Vinterviken 1997
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