Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir
Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir is the loving and supportive wife of Icelandic actor, Karl Stefansson –best known for playing the role of villain Robbie Rotten on the hit kids show, Lazy Town.
Steinunn’s husband was sadly diagnosed with cancer in September 2016. He has since gone through several rounds of surgery and chemo. Last August, after going through what he called a ‘very successful surgery’ he cleared the air for fans who were eager to know about his health, saying: he was free of metastases, however he was not free of cancer.
At the time he also announced he had refused any further adjuvant therapy, chemo or radiation, since there is less than 3 per cent chance of it making any difference. He added that if doctors looked at another metastases, he would “try surgery or nothing at all.” Sadly he recently announced the cancer has returned and this time it can’t be operated.
Stefan Karl Stefansson was born July 10, 1975 in Hafnarfjorour, Iceland. He trained at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and went on to perform in productions of Cyrano de Bergerac, Singin’ in the Rain, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Theatre of Iceland.
He went onto performed in multiple different movies, TV, and theatre –and was with LazyTown since the project was a theater production in 1999.
He and his wife Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, have been married for the last 16-years and together are the proud parents of four children, three daughters and one son.
Like her husband, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir is also an Icelandic actress, producer and host. She was born July 2, 1969 in the country’s capital of Reykjavík. She trained in London but eventually returned to Iceland to work at the National Theater –where she spent nearly two decades appearing in over 50 projects.
The accomplished actress has been recognized for her work winning the Fipa d’or for Best Actress in a TV series at Biarritz’ FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Works for portraying Gabriela in the 2015 Icelandic TV show Case. She’s also the Editor-in-Chief at women’s magazine Kvennablaðið.
Karl praised his wife for her “sincerity, openness, unconditional love, determination” on a lengthy Facebook post following the news of his terminal cancer.