Mi Ridell was born in Karlskrona, Sweden, in 1968.
She started to sing and act at early age and moved to Stockholm directly after high school to study at Nordic Music Conservatory. After a year she also went to the Theater School Kulturama and performed at different stages in Stockholm as an opera singer.
Her breakthrough was the variety show ” Mulliga Vitaminer” in 1992. Since then she was seen in almost every TV show and private theater during the 90ths.
Until 2004 she was performing full-time, but she took a break when her son, Max, was 2 years old.
2006 she produced “TiraMisu” by herself because she wanted to show different sides of her acting, not just the comical part.”TiraMIsu” was a great success and she toured with her cello as her only company around Sweden.
Together with Lena Söderblom , her director and best friend, she wrote ” Skvaller” in 2008 . It was a play inspired by August Strindberg and they performed it in Gothenburg City Theatre. 2010 she played ” Mat Desperat” together with Paula Ternström and Grynet Molvig and 2014 ” A poetic cocktail in red & black” , also with Lena Söderblom.
Why lectures and why nonverbal communication?
Mi was getting questions from the Swedish Business Industry about giving lectures in “Body language” in 2009.
So she started and it was immediately a great success and banks, hospitals, dentists, auditors, fashion stores,policemen, insurance companies etc. was booking her and still are…
Now she gives lectures both in Swedish and in English.
Her first book about body language ” Kroppen Ljuger Aldrig – konsten att tala kroppsspråk” came 2016 ,written in Swedish:
It has been translated into Estonian and more languages are on its way.
She has not stopped acting ( she played the psychologist Lisa in the famous Swedish thriller ” Gåsmamman” in 2017) but most of her time goes to giving lectures about nonverbal communication and to be a moderator. In 2016 she was one of the nominated to “Speaker of the Year 2016”.