Characters / The Millennium Trilogy

The Millennium Trilogy is a novel series written by the late Stieg Larsson, later adapted into separate Swedish and American film series.

Mikael Blomkvist

Played by: Michael Nyqvist (Sweden), Daniel Craig (US)

A Swedish financial reporter who co-owns the magazine Millennium with Erika Berger; together they try to make the magazine an avenging angel against Corrupt Corporate Executives. He got his start by foiling a set of masked bank robbers, and has gained a reputation for excellent research... at least, until he's convicted of libel against the corporate magnate Hans-Erik Wennerstrom just prior to the first novel.

Lisbeth Salander

Played by: Noomi Rapace (Sweden), Rooney Mara (US)

A 24-year-old hacker who is extremely distrustful of authority. She goes her own way and doesn't (seem to) care what others think of her. She has a photographic memory, extensive hacking skills and far more capacity for violence than most people expect of a 4-foot-11 flat-chested woman.

Erika Berger

Played by: Lena Endre (Sweden), Robin Wright (US)

Editor and primary shareholder of Millennium. She and Blomkvist have worked together both professionally and personally for twenty years.
  • Da Editor: In the good way. She supports Blomkvist in everything he does. We can see her nastier side when she starts working at SMP. Not surprising, considering the people she needs to work with.
  • Double Standard: My Girl Is a Slut: Is Mikael's part-time lover. She reveals frustration that she, who is Happily Married and has permission from her husband to dally with Blomkvist, is still judged for her "infidelity" while he gets pats on the back.
  • Ethical Slut: Sees herself this way instead.
  • Guile Hero
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Millennium was founded with this as its modus operandi, and Erika is typically able to live up to it.

Henrik Vanger

Played by: Sven-Bertil Taube (Sweden), Christopher Plummer (US)

The former CEO of Vanger Industries, who hires Blomkvist to write a sort of authorized biography of his family. Of course, that's just the pretext: he actually wants Mikael to look into the forty-year-old cold case of his favorite grandniece Harriet's disappearance on 24 September 1966—36 years ago when the novel starts in 2002.
  • Cool Old Guy: One of the only members of the family who isn’t a prick.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Subverted; he’s rich but he does do his best to help Mikael, and when he was younger he basically was the company.

Martin Vanger

Played by: Peter Haber (Sweden), Stellan Skarsgård (US)

The current CEO of Vanger Industries, he has little time to chat with Mikael because he's busy trying to keep the company afloat. As you can see from the spoilers, there's more to him than meets the eye.

Gottfried Vanger

Henrik's nephew, and father to Harriet and Martin. He drowned when Harriet was 15.

Harriet Vanger

Played by: Ewa Fröling (Sweden), Joely Richardson (US)

The subject of Mikael's search, and (by sheer coincidence) his babysitter when he was about two and she thirteen or so. Every year she would give Uncle Henrik pressed flowers in a picture frame for his birthday; ever since she was killed, someone else—presumably the killer—has done the same. Relatives suspect that Henrik's curiosity over her fate is not entirely healthy.

Peter Teleborian


A gang lord specializing in drugs and smuggling in underage Russian girls into Sweden for sex slavery. Of course, he also has other relevance: Under his full name, "Alexander Zalachenko," he's also Lisbeth's father.