Borgen star could portray me, says Nicola Sturgeon

Sidse Babett Knudsen chats to Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh. Picture: Toby Williams
Sidse Babett Knudsen chats to Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh. Picture: Toby Williams
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NICOLA Sturgeon has admitted re-watching Danish political drama Borgen “once or twice” and even suggested the show’s star Sidse Babett Knudsen could play her in a movie of her life.

Scotland’s First Minister is a long-time fan of the show, which depicts a female prime minister running a coalition government against the odds, and tweeted frequently while it was shown on BBC4.

Ms Sturgeon met Knudsen ahead of an Edinburgh screening of the second-series finale in 2013 and has told the Radio Times it remains her favourite show.

Answering questions about her TV habits, she said Knudsen’s character Birgitte Nyborg was her favourite TV politician.

Questioned on which box set she last watched, Ms Sturgeon added: “I may have re-watched Borgen once or twice...”

Other admissions made by the SNP leader included her enjoyment of soaps and TV singing contests X Factor and The Voice.

In the same feature, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett named Jed Bartlett of The West Wing as her favourite TV politician, also telling the magazine that if she got a ride in the Tardis, she would visit Stuart-era London.

Plaid Cymru’s leader Leanne Wood revealed the last programme to make her cry was Michael Sheen’s Valleys Rebellion and said that if sharing a night in with David Cameron, she would make him watch her party’s election broadcast.