Ville Haapasalo

Ville Haapasalo
Born Ville Juhana Haapasalo
(1972-02-28) 28 February 1972
Hollola, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Occupation Actor, television
Years active 1995-presents
Spouse(s) Saara Hedlund
(divorced; 2 children)
Tina Barkalaja
(1 child)
Awards (2003)

Ville Juhana Haapasalo (born 28 February 1972) is a Finnish stage and film actor who has worked in Finland and Russia.[1] His acting career started in 1995, after finishing his studies in St. Petersburg. In 2003, he was honored with the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his role of Veikko in the film The Cuckoo directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin.[2][3]


Haapasalo was educated in St. Petersburg at the Academy of Performing Arts of the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. He studied there from 1991-1995. In his first year of study, he was mugged nine times. He knew no Russian when he began studying.


Haapasalo's career got a huge lift immediately after his graduation for his appearance in 1995 in a Russian comedy Peculiarities of the National Hunt. In 2002 he won the Best Actor award at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival, for his role in the Russian-made film Kukushka (The Cuckoo).[4][5]

Although his fame comes mostly from film, he also writes for the screen, acts in theaters, and does TV cinema. He also appeared in Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications' 1998 campaign National Features of Driving instructing Russians on Finnish road rules. He is more widely recognized in Russia than in his country of origin Finland.[6] Recently, however, he has hosted and starred in quite a number of travel shows on Finnish TV.[7]

Personal life

Haapasalo was born in Hollola, Finland. He speaks four languages fluently: Finnish, Russian, Swedish, and English. His hobbies include playing trombone, ice-hockey, skiing, and skating. He stands 1.85 m (6 feet ¾ inches), wears size 52, and has dark brown hair and green/gray eyes.[8]

Ville Haapasalo married Saara Hedlund in 1995 and they currently reside in Helsinki, Finland.[1]

Personal life

First wife Saara Hedlund Finnish actress, divorced, two children.

His second wife, Tina Barkalaja, director and creative director of RA Barkstel. Unregistered marriage.



Year Title of Film Title in English Title in Other Languages Role
2016 Rölli ja kaikkien aikojen salaisuus Rolli, and the secret of all time Finnish Seppä
2016 Tappajan näköinen mies The man who looks like a killer Finnish Aleksei Kornostajev
2013 Suomensukuiset 30 päivässä (Documentary) The Finnic Nations in 30 Days (unofficial name) Himself
2014 Папа напрокат (мини-сериал) Pope hire (Mini-series) Russian Philip
2014 Любовь в большом городе 3
Ljubov v bolšom gorode 3
Love in the Big City 3 Russian
Кохання у великому місті 3 (Ukrainian)
Каханне ў вялікім горадзе 3 (Belarusian)
Olli (Sauna)
2013 Три мушкетера The Three Musketeers Russian Farmer
2013 Rölli ja kultainen avain Rolli, and the secret of all time Finnish
Ролли и золотой ключик (Russian)
2012 Golfa straume zem ledus kalna Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg Latvian
Гольфстрим под айсбергом (Russian)
2012 Silkkitie 30 päivässä (Documentary) 30 days on the Silk Road Himself
2012 Самоубийцы
Suicides Russian Finn
2011 Беременный
Pregnant Russian Rezhisser
2011 Alamaailma-trilogia Underworld Trilogy Finnish Artur Deminoff
2011 Sapuskaa - harashoo! (TV Series) Himself
2011 Tunarit (Short) The Duffers Finnish
2010 Любовь в большом городе 2
Ljubov v bolšom gorode 2
Love in the Big City 2 Russian
Кохання у великому місті 2 (Ukrainian)
Olli (Sauna)
2010 Venäjän halki 30 päivässä (Documentary) Through Russia in 30 Days Himself
2009 Царь Tsar Russian Andrey Staden
2009 Любовь в большом городе
Ljubov v bolšom gorode
Love in the Big City Russian
Кохання у великому місті (Ukrainian)
Olli (Sauna)
2009 Весельчаки
Jolly Fellows Russian
Joyeux compères (French)
2008 Luola (short film) Cave Finnish Ilari's father
2008 Lemmenleikit Make love to (TV Series) Finnish Samuli Harjanne
2007 Ирония Судьбы: Продолжение
Ironiya sud’by. Prodolzheniye
The Irony of Fate 2 Russian
Kohtalon ironiaa – jatkoa (Finnish)
Số phận trớ trêu. Phần tiếp theo (Vietnamese)
Drunken Finn
2007 Чужие тайны (сериал)
Chuzhie tayny
Other people's secrets (TV series) Russian Jeff
2007 Дочь генерала – Татьяна (мини-сериал)
Doch generala
Daughter of General - Tatiana (Mini-series) Russian
2006 Suden Arvoitus Mystery of the Wolf Finnish
Vargens Hemlighet (Swedish)
Paulus Morgam
2006 Priroda i zdorovie
"Luonto ja terveys" (TV)
Nature and Health (TV) Finnish
Природа и здоровье (Russian)
2005 Domoi - Kotiinpaluu Domoi - Homecoming Finnish
Домой (Russian)
The Warrior
2005 КГБ в смокинге (сериал)
KGB v smokinge
The KGB in a Tuxedo (TV series) Russian Eugene
2005 Гибель империи (сериал)
Gibel Imperii
The Fall of the Empire (TV mini-series) Russian Tarvilainen
2005 Tahdon Asia (TV-episode #1.6) Matters of the Will (TV series) Finnish (voice)
2005 Yövuoro Night Shift (TV series) Finnish Turvapäällikkö Jari Viirilä
2004 Королева бензоколонки 2 (ТВ)
Koroleva benzokolonki 2
Queen of the petrol station 2 (TV) Russian
Королева бензоколонки 2 (Ukrainian)
2004 Диверсант (мини-сериал)
The Saboteur (TV Miniseries) Russian Wilhelm
2003 Vieraalla maalla in a strange land Finnish Tuomas Linna/Omar Ghaala
2003 Кукушкино гнездо (ТВ)
Kukushkino gnezdo
Cuckoo's Nest (TV) Russian
Käen pesä/Käk - tähden synty (Finnish)
2003 Letters from Karelia Letters From Karelia Canadian Aate Pitkänen
2003 Perjantai Wednesday (TV) Finnish
2003 Pietarin Myytti Saint Petersburg myth (Mini-series) Finnish Various
2002 Кукушка
The Cuckoo Russian
Käki (Finnish)
2002 Minä en ole kone (short film) I'm not a machine Finnish
2002 One Christmas morning (short film) One Christmas Morning Sweden
Одно рождественское утро (Russian)
2001 Maamiehen Päiväkirja (short) Maamiehen diary Finnish Maamies
- 2005
Убойная сила (сериал)
Uboynaya Sila (TV series)
Destructive force (TV series) Russian episode Kredit Doveriya
2000 Pakkaus (short) The packaging Finnish
Packningen (Swedish)
1999 Lapin kullan kimallus Lapin kullan kimallus The glitter of Lappish gold (Finnish) Frans Björklund
1998 Samaa Sukua, eri Maata (TV) The same family, different country (TV series) Finnish Jari Jokinen
1998 Особенности национальной рыбалки Peculiarities of the National Fishing Особенности национальной рыбалки (Russian)
Kalastuksen kansallisia erikoisuuksia (Finnish)
1998 Elämän suola (TV-Episode: "Yksi lensi yli käenpesän") Salt of life (TV series) Finnish Timppa
1996 Операция С новым годом (ТВ) Operation Happy New Year (TV) Russian second Killer
1995 Особенности национальной охоты Peculiarities of the National Hunt Особенности национальной охоты (Russian)
Metsästyksen kansallisia erikoisuuksia (Finnish)


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