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Carolina Gynning
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Carolina Gynning (2013)
Born (1978-10-06) 6 October 1978 (age 45)
Helsingborg, Sweden
Occupation Glamour model, jewelry designer, television presenter, author
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Carolina Gynning Nilsson (born 6 October 1978) is a Swedish glamour model, author, pod caster, actress, jewelry designer and television presenter. She started her career as a model at age sixteen. She was a participant in the Swedish version of Big Brother in 2004 and emerged as the winner of that season. Gynning has since made a career as a television presenter on TV4 and Kanal5, and also as an artist and author of several books. Gynning has participated in several television shows after Big Brother such as I huvudet på Gynning ("Inside Gynning's head") and as a celebrity dancer in season one of Let's Dance.

Childhood and early life

Gynning was born in Helsingborg, Sweden and lived in Höganäs for a short time, but spent most of her early years in Falsterbo. She revealed that she was a shy girl but changed when she reached her teens. She attended high school in Lund. At sixteen she was discovered by a fashion photographer while waiting at a bus stop in Falsterbo, and during her high school years she did some modelling assignments on the side. After a while, she landed modeling jobs in international shows in Athens, Milan and Paris. She lived and worked abroad for ten years mostly as a glamour model.


TV personality and host

Carolina Gynning & Carina Berg
Carina Berg (left) and Gynning in 2009

After a few years working as a glamour model, Gynning was approached by producers of the Swedish version of the reality television show Big Brother and entered the house in January 2004, becoming the season's eventual winner. In 2006, she entered Let's Dance as a celebrity dancer. She appeared on season 1 of the show which was broadcast on TV4. Her dance partner was Daniel da Silva and she was eliminated in the second round. During late 2006 she worked for Viasats Formula 1 show Studio F1 along with Tore Kullgren and simultaneously was one of five hostesses for the TV4 show Förkväll (Tonight"). During 2007, Gynning hosted the audition part of Idol 2007 along with Carina Berg. During 2008, Gynning hosted her own show, I huvudet på Gynning ("Inside Gynning's Head"), which was broadcast on Kanal5; she also hosted the talent show Hitmakers that year on the same channel. During late 2008 she and Carina Berg hosted the TV4 show Stjärnor på is the Swedish version of Stars on Ice. In 2009 Gynning hosted Hjälp! Jag är med i en japansk TV-show ("Help! I am in a Japanese TV Show!") also on TV4 and in the summer of that year hosted Sommarkrysset ("The summer cruise") along with Berg. In 2013 she was one of the celebrity hosts of the radio show Sommar i P1. In 2014, Gynning was scheduled to be one of the judges in the new season of Talang Sverige 2014 ("Talent Sweden") on TV3.


A few months before Gynning participated as a housemate in Big Brother, she appeared in the French film Happily Ever After starring Johnny Depp, playing the character "Zoe". In the Jesper Ganslandt-produced film Blondie (2012), Gynning played the leading role alongside Marie Göranzon, Helena af Sandeberg and Alexandra Dahlström.

I huvudet på Gynning

On 8 February 2008 Gynning released her first music single, "Allt jag tar på blir till guld" ("Everything I touch turns to gold"). In her first television show I huvudet på Gynning, the viewing audience got to see her working on the music video for the song. In the show Gynning created the perfume "Perfect", and launched a commercial for it. In the last episode it was revealed that her perfume would sell in stores. In September 2009, Gynning released her new scent "Go Girl!", becoming the first Swedish woman to have her own perfume and scent.

As a writer

In 2005, Gynning released her autobiography, Ego Girl, in which she describes how she was discovered as a model at age sixteen. In 2007, mail correspondence between Gynning and Alex Schulman was released as a book.

At the end of 2008 Gynning, together with writer Ingrid Carlqvist, wrote the book Ego Woman, a follow-up to Ego Girl. The book was released by the company Tivoli in 2009.

In 2011, she debuted as a book author herself with the book Laura – flickan från havet (Laura - girl from the sea"), released by Bladh. She got the idea for the book after meeting with author Jens Lapidus. Gynning stated that she wanted to write a book about women who live around Stureplan in Stockholm. She has described the book as a "dirty crime" book. In 2012, the continuation book, Vanessa – flickan i glaskupan ("Vanessa - the girl in the glass dome"), was released.

As an artist

Gynning has had several exhibitions of her artwork. In April 2009, she hosted a vernissage at Ystad Saltsjöbad. The exhibition was well-received and 15 pieces were sold for between kr1 and 2 million, according to Gynning. Two of the prominent pieces were named Bleeding Barbie and Cat Power. She has also worked with glass and designed a glass collection for the Cervera (se) chain of Swedish homeware stores. She had an art exhibition at Gothia Towers on 21 November 2013, along with her mother Agneta Gynning.

She has recently opened an art studio with her mother under the name Studio Gynning, and has been planning a celebration to mark her ten years anniversary as a professional artist. She is also a jewelry designer. She has also revealed in a newspaper interview that motherhood has affected her art. Her paintings, she has said, are not as dark now as previously, and although in the past she drew mainly portraits, she now paints the whole body. She attributes this to her having become a mother and to her sense that she is now a more complete person.


Gynning won Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet's TV-award in 2007 for Best Female Television Personality of the Year.

In 2008, Aftonbladet listed Gynning amongst the most powerful people in Sweden, placing her at number 37.

Personal life

Gynning comes from an artistic family. She is the daughter of Agneta Gynning, an artist, and her grandfather's brother was the artist and textile artist Lars Gynning, who studied under Isaac Grünewald.

In 2013, Gynning and her mother opened an art gallery in Malmö.

Gynning lived with Alexander Lydecker, a sales manager. The couple have two daughters and lived in a suburb of Stockholm near the coast.


Television filmography

Year Program Notes
2006 Studio F1 Reporter
2006 Förkväll
2007 Idol 2007 Presenter with Carina Berg
2008 I huvudet på Gynning
2008 Hitmakers
2008 Stjärnor på is
2009 Hjälp! Jag är med i en japansk TV-show

TV presenter filmography

Years Program Notes
2004 Big Brother Participants
2005 Fångarna på fortet Participants
2006 Let's Dance Participants
2006 45 Minuter Guest
2006 Studio Virtanen Guest
2007 Klick Guest
2007 Roomservice (TV-program) Guest
2007 Fråga Olle Guest
2008 Vakna med The Voice Recurring guest
2008 Lilla Al-Fadji & Co Guest
2008 Robins Guest
2008 Videokväll hos Luuk Guest
2008 Efter tio Guest
2008 Kobra (TV-program) Guest
2008 Idol 2008
2009 Nyhetsmorgon
2009 Årets tv-tittare
2009 Grammisgalan
2009 Hjälp! (TV-serie)
2009 Sommarkrysset
2014 Talang Sverige 2014


Years Title
- "I Will Never Give It Up"
2008 "Allt jag tar på blir till guld"


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Happily Ever After Zoe
2012 Blondie
2022 Triangle of Sadness Ludmilla
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