The second season of the popular Icelandic TV show Trapped is currently airing two episodes at a time on Saturdays on BBC Four. We’ve compiled a playlist of music by actors who appeared in the second season of Trapped.
See also: Trapped Season 2 episodes 1 and 2 recap
Most of these actors/musicians are easily recognizable to Icelandic viewers, but the show’s foreign fan-base might not be aware of the cast’s hidden talents.
Of course, many of the actors have been involved in musical theatre. Which means the playlist has a large selection of songs from musicals. There is also an unexpectedly high number of rappers who appeared in Trapped.
See also: Hip hop and rap in Iceland
The singer and rapper Sturla Atlas, full name Sigurbjartur Sturla Atlason, plays Skúli Ketilsson on Trapped. Skúli was the member of The Hammer of Thor who escaped the law on horseback and got poisoned by the water on the heath.
One of the songs on Sturla Atlas’ most recent album, 101 Nights, is called ‘Baltasar Kormákur’. Baltasar Kormákur happens to be the creator of Trapped and somewhat of a living legend.
In the song, Sturla and friends repeat the name of the writer, director and actor over and over again. They also repeat the number 101 which is the postcode Sturla Atlas and his collaborators, who call themselves 101 boys, grew up in.
In the above video, you can see Sturla perform the song live on a TV show with photos and videos of Baltasar Kormákur playing in the background.
Trying to find recordings of the actors who portray the police officers of Trapped singing is easier said than done. However, some digging reveals a cast recording of when Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, who plays police chief Hinrika, played Pippi Longstocking. The contrast between the sulking policewoman Hinrika and the cheerful, strongest girl in the world Pippi shows that the actress has great range.
JóiPé and Króli
Many were shocked when the gentle rap wunderkinds JóiPé and Króli showed up in an episode of Trapped as hillbilly bullies. The two teenage rappers shot to fame when their song B.O.B.A. took Iceland by storm in the summer of 2017.
‘Efast’ is a song off their 2018 album Afsakið Hlé. The word ‘Efast’ means to doubt, and doubtful is exactly what Icelandic viewers were when JóiPé and Króli’s characters started behaving badly.
Guðjón Davíð Karlsson
The actor and bishop’s son known as Gói plays Finnur on Trapped. Finnur is greedy, racist and homophobic, which is a far stretch from the friendly characters Gói usually plays, many of whom have been in musicals.
One of the songs he’s sung in a musical is ‘Margur verður af aurum api’ from the musical Gauragangur. He plays Ormur, a role which Ingvar E. Sigurðusson who plays Ásgeir in Trapped previously played. The title of the song translates to ‘Money turns many a man to a monkey’ which is accurate for both Finnur and Mayor Hafdís on Trapped. Coincidentally, the actress who plays the Mayor happens to sing the song with him.
See also: Trapped Season 2 episodes 3 and 4 recap
Jóhanna Vigdís Hjaltadóttir
Jóhanna Vigdís is probably the biggest musical theatre legend cast in Trapped. She plays the Mayor, Hafdís, who gets kidnapped. Among her recent Musical roles are Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins and Donna in Mamma Mia.
Sadly neither of those are available on Spotify. Instead you can hear her interpretation of Rizzo from Grease.
Ágúst Bent plays a random farmer’s son on Trapped. The character’s function is to provide the police information about The Hammer of Thor, thus selling out his fellow rapper Sturla Atlas’ character.
As a rapper Bent is a member of XXX Rottweiler hundar, the definitive early 2000s Icelandic rap crew.
A more recent song of Bent’s is ‘Í næsta lífi’, which translates to ‘In the next life’. It seems that the rapper is now in his next life, having been reborn as an actor.
Valur Freyr Einarsson
On Trapped Valur Freyr plays a power plant employee who seems suspicious at one point. He’s one of the many musical theatre actors on the list. He has played roles like Seymour in The Little Shop of Horrors and The Narrator in Rocky Horror.
Salka Sól Eyfeld
The actress, singer, rapper, songwriter and radio presenter Salka Sól is certainly a multitalented woman. In Trapped she plays Soffía, who in this series is the partner of the power plant’s security guard. Those two characters featured more in the first series.
Salka is a former member of the all-female rap collective Reykjavíkurdætur. She can be heard singing on their song ‘Hver er undir teppinu?’ included in this playlist. Salka is also a singer in the reggae band Amabadama.
See also: Trapped Season 2 episodes 5 and 6 recap
Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir
Another Icelandic actress who has played Rizzo in Grease is Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir. Unnur Ösp plays Elín on Trapped, who is Finnur’s widow and Aron’s mother.
Íris, who plays the kidnapping hairstylist on Trapped, knows a thing or two about Eurovision. She sang backup vocals for Iceland’s 2015 entry as well as competing in the Eurovision pre-selection show multiple times.
Íris’ song in the Icelandic Eurovision preliminaries in 2012 was called ‘Leyndarmál’, which means ‘Secret’ and on Trapped her character certainly had a secret.
Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir
Sigrún Edda plays city council member Kolbrún in Trapped. She has appeared in musicals like Sound of Music and Peter Pan.
Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir
Edda Björg appeared briefly as the Prime Minister’s assistant in Trapped. She has previously played Wendy in a Peter Pan musical and Jan in Grease.
Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir and Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir
Two actresses who appear in the second series of Trapped are in a band together. Katla Margrét who plays Þórhildur’s aunt Laufey and Elva Ósk who plays Víkingur’s mother Steinunn. Sadly the two had no scenes together.
The band is called Heimilistónar and all four members are actresses. A third member of the band, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir, appeared in the first season of Trapped. We fully expect the fourth member, Vigdís Gunnarsdóttir, to be cast in the third season.
In addition to being in Heimilistónar Katla Margrét has appeared in many musicals, including Rocky Horror Picture Show where she played Dr. Scott.
Steinn Ármann Magnússon
Steinn Ármann plays a fiercely protective father and environmentalist named Ketill on Trapped. In the past, he has played parts in a lot of children’s entertainment, including a cat called Keli.
One of his more iconic roles is that of Ziggy Zweet in the original Lazy Town play. In the ‘Ziggi Zweeti’ song, he can be heard singing about his love of sweets and hatred of exercise.
Halldór Gylfason plays a gravedigger in the second season of Trapped. He has played roles in many musicals, including Grease and Pinocchio.
Hinrik Ólafsson plays the Prime Minister on Trapped. He once had a role in a musical where he played a dictator, who was also a pineapple. The character was Immi Ananas in the Icelandic musical Ávaxtakarfan (The Fruit basket).
Despite dying in the very first scene of the series Þorgeir Tryggvason’s character, Gísli, is one of the most memorable of the season. His death is quite literally burnt into our memories.
When he’s not acting, Þorgeir is a member of the folk band Ljótu Hálfvitarnir. The band name translates to “The ugly idiots”. Their songs are much more cheerful than their name and Gísli’s fate on Trapped indicate.
See also: The Ultimate Icelandic Playlist
Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir
Lára Jóhanna plays the news reporter on Trapped. She previously appeared as Dorothy in The Wizard of OZ at Reykjavík City Theatre.
Many will recognize Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir from the award-winning film Woman at War. In Trapped she plays the priest who must be unusually busy doing funerals because of all the murders in her parish.
In the eighties and nineties, Halldóra played the saxophone and sang in the band Risaeðlan. The band was known for theatrics in their performances. I’ve included a song called ‘Stefán’ on the playlist, which is the name of one of the characters in Trapped.
Valdimar Örn Flygenring
In Trapped Valdimar Örn plays Ólafur who married his brother’s ex-wife. In 1991, he released the album ‘Kettlingar’ (Kittens) which includes the song ‘Kettir’ (Cats)
Sólveig played the Reykjavík chief of police in Trapped. She has had many roles on the stage, including in a musical production of Alice in Wonderland, the cast recording of which is available on Spotify.
Dóra plays the woman who runs a daycare and has the police kick down her door looking for her ex-boyfriend, who is one of the kidnappers. She once played the lead in the musical Leg. Dóra is also the founder and artistic director of Improv Iceland and often improvises musicals with them.
Katrín Halldóra Sigurðardóttir
Katrín is best known for her portrayal of legendary Icelandic singer Elly Viljhálms in the Elly musical. Sadly, there’s no cast recording available but there is a beautiful recording of her singing ‘Eins og blóm’. In Trapped she plays the no-nonsense forensic technician Guðrún.