Ain Lutsepp

Ain Lutsepp (born 6 May 1954) is an Estonian actor and politician.

Ain Lutsepp
Born (1954-05-06) 6 May 1954
OccupationActor, politician
Years active1969-present (actor)
2015-present (politician)

Early life and education

Born in Tallinn, Ain Lutsepp began his career as a child actor at age thirteen as the character Tõnisson in the 1969 Arvo Kruusement directed Estonian language film Kevade (English: Spring); a film adaptation of author Oskar Luts' popular 1913 novel of the same name.[1][2]

In 1972, he graduated for the Tallinn 10th Secondary School (now, the Tallinn Nõmme Gymnasium) and in 1980 he graduated from the Tallinn State Conservatory's Performing Arts Department (present-day Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre).[3] Graduating classmates included actors Roman Baskin, Guido Kangur, Arvo Kukumägi, Paul Poom, Anne Veesaar, and Ülle Kaljuste.[4]

Acting career

Shortly after graduating from the Tallinn State Conservatory in 1980, Lutsepp was engaged at the Estonian Drama Theatre in Tallinn. There, he appeared in numerous stage productions until his departure in 2015. Among his more memorable international roles in theater were in works by: William Shakespeare, Lev Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Jean Genet, Tom Stoppard, Samuel Beckett, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, and Eugene O'Neill, among others; in addition to works by Estonian playwrights and authors A. H. Tammsaare, Madis Kõiv, Jaan Kross, Bernard Kangro, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Juhan Smuul, Hugo Raudsepp and others. Since 2008, he has been the Estonian Theatre Union chairman.[3]

In addition to his stage career, Lutsepp has appeared in a number of film and television roles. Following his role as Tõnisson in the 1969 film adaptation of Oscar Luts' Kevade, he revisited the role twice more; in the 1976 film Suvi (English: Summer) and in the 1990 film Sügis (English: Fall); both directed by Arvo Kruusement and both based on novels penned by Oscar Luts of the same names.[5]

Other film roles include that of Madis in the 1983 biopic Lurich, about the Estonian strongman Georg Lurich; Jaan Lõoke, in the 1983 film Nipernaadi, an adaptation of August Gailit's 1928 novel Toomas Nipernaadi; Nymann, in the 2004 Hardi Volmer directed historical thriller Tulivesi (English: The Firewater); Julius Saarepuu, in the 2008 historical drama Detsembrikuumus (English: December Heat); as Ants, in the 2012 Ain Mäeots directed drama Deemonid (English: Demons), and as Volli in the Sulev Keedus-directed drama Mehetapja/Süütu/Vari in 2017. Additionally, he voiced the character of Eduard in the 2006 Estonian animated film Lotte from Gadgetville, as well as having performed in several radio plays.[6]

Political career

In 2015, Lutsepp ran as a member of the Estonian Free Party for parliamentary elections in Constituency No. 3 (Nõmme and Mustamäe). He was the frontrunner of the race, garnering 4,109 votes and was elected to the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament).[7]

Awards and recognition

  • 1979 - Voldemar Panso Prize
  • 1982 - Special Jury Prize Award of the Year for stage production (Joosep - Vedelvorstis)
  • 1987 - Ants Lauter Prize
  • 1988 - Theatre Association Annual Award (Vaikuse vallamaja)
  • 1989 - Merited Artist of the Estonian SSR
  • 1990 - Estonian Theatre Award for Best Male Lead Actor (Emigrandid, Vanalinnastuudio)
  • 1991 - Estonian Theatre Award for Best Male Lead Actor (Kokkusaamine, Kiilaspäine lauljanna)
  • 1994 - Estonian Theatre Award for Best Male Lead Actor (Filosoofipäev, Merlin, Doktor Karelli raske öö)
  • 1995 - Ministry of Culture Award
  • 1997 - 1997 Drama Festival Award (Maailmakõiksuse kiireim kell, Peiarite õhtunäitus)
  • 1998 - Albert Üksip and Rudolf Nuude commemorative pocket watch holder
  • 2000 - Estonian Theatre Award, the ensemble-play prize (Aristocrats)
  • 2001 - Order of the White Star, V Class
  • 2002 - Suur Ants, for Best Male Lead Actor (Werner Heisenberg - Kopenhaagen, härra Jenkins - Rahauputus, Shmuel Sprol - Kummikauplejad II)
  • 2002 - Ministry of Culture Award (Kopenhaagen, Kummikauplejad and Rahauputus)
  • 2006 - Order of the White Star, IV Class
  • 2010 - Karl Adra Prize

Selected filmography


  1. "Kriitikud valisid Eesti parimaks filmiks 'Sügisballi'",, 18 November 2011; retrieved 6 October 2016.
  2. "Ain Lutsepp: väga lihtne - kui osutun riigikokku valituks, siis mäele ka lähen",, 31 January 2015; retrieved 6 October 2016.(in Estonian)
  3. Eesti Draamateater Archived 10 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 6 October 2016.(in Estonian)
  4. Eesti Teatri- ja Muusikamuuseum Lennud Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. "Torma valla eakate jõulupeol olid külalisteks Luule Komissarov ja Ain Lutsepp",, 13 December 2015; retrieved 6 October 2016.(in Estonian)
  6. Külauudised. Torma valla eakate jõulupeol olid külalisteks Luule Komissarov ja Ain Lutsepp. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  7. Postimees Lutsepp jätkab teatris mängimist. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
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