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Johanna Sällström
Born 30 December 1974(1974-12-30)
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 13 February 2007 (aged 32)
Malmö, Sweden
Years active 1993-2006

Johanna Maria Ellinor Sällström (30 December 1974 – 13 February 2007) was a Swedish actress. She worked as an actress for more than 15 years before her suicide,[1] which may in part have been caused by her experiences in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.



Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Sällström made her first stage appearance in Hudiksvall at the age of 15 in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She became famous in Sweden in the 1990s after portraying the teenage girl Victoria Bärnsten in the soap opera Tre kronor. She soon appeared in many films and received a Guldbagge Award for best female actress in 1997. Later that same year Sällström took a break from filming and moved to Denmark.

In 2000 she returned to Sweden to continue her acting career. Sällström became internationally known for her role as police agent Linda Wallander in the first 13 episodes of the Wallander film series, based on Henning Mankell's books about Kurt Wallander and released during 2005 and 2006.

Sällström experienced the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Thailand with her one year old daughter.

They survived only because she held on to a tree with one hand, and held her daughter with the other.

Her last role was in a Ystad theatre production of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull, which she left prematurely due to illness.[2]


Johanna Sällström was found dead in her home in Malmö shortly before midnight on 13 February 2007. She had been released from a psychiatric unit, where she had been receiving treatment for depression traced to her experience in the 2004 tsunami, a short while previously. The cause of her death was suicide.[3][4] After her death, Henning Mankell was unable to write the last two novels in his planned three-part series with the character Linda (whom she portrayed), as his grief and guilt were too great.[3][5]


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