Kjersti Holmen is a Norwegian actress. She was born on Nøtterøy, and later moved to Alnabru, where she grew up with her parents and two sisters. She graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre in 1980, and has been employed at the National Theatre since 1981 – permanently since 1992. There she has had roles such as "Eliza Doolittle" in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, the title role in Henrik Ibsens Hedda Gabler and "Blanche" in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.Holmen is also a well-known television and film actress, and had her break-through on the big screen in the 1985 film Orions belte'. She has won the Amanda – the main Norwegian film award – twice: in 1993 for her role in Telegrafisten, and in 2000 for the two films S.O.S. and Sophie's World. In television she is known from the Norwegian/Swedish collaboration "Röd snö" – aired the same year as Orions belte came out – as well as several other roles.Holmen cohabits with actor Sverre Anker Ousdal, and has two sons from a former relationship with Reidar Sørensen – also an actor.