Hera Hilmar (born Hera Hilmarsdóttir; 27 December 1988) is an Icelandic actress. She is most famous for her role as Vanessa in the television series Da Vinci's Demons and as Eik in the Icelandic film Life in a Fishbowl. She was nominated for an Edda in 2007 for her role in The Quiet Storm, and the Edda Award for Actress of the year in 2015 for Vonarstræti (2014) and in 2017 for Eiðurinn (2016).[1]

She portrays Hester Shaw in the film adaptation of Mortal Engines.[2]

Personal Bio

She is the daughter of actress Þórey Sigþórsdóttir and film director Hilmar Oddsson.[3] She stands 1.75 metres tall. She is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[4] She is named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion in 2015. She can speak with a fluent British accent.

In February 2017, she landed the leading role of Hester Shaw in Mortal Engines.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Two Birds Lara
2012 Leaving Paulina 3 episodes
World Without End Margery
Anna Karenina Varya
2013 The Fifth Estate Wikileaks staffer #2
We Are the Freaks Iona
2013-2015 Da Vinci's Demons Vanessa Moschella Recurring role, seasons 1-3
2014 Get Santa PC Boyle
Life in a Fishbowl Eik
2016 The Oath Anna
2017 An Ordinary Man Tanja
The Ottoman Lieutenant Lillie
2018 The Ashram Sophie
Mortal Engines Hester Shaw post-production



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