Pelle Hvenegaard (born 29 August 1975 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish actor and writer, best known for his role in the award-winning film Pelle the Conqueror (1987). Hvenegaard is named after the title character of Pelle from Danish author Martin Andersen Nexø's 1910 novel Pelle the Conqueror. At age 11, director Bille August chose Hvenegaard to play the character he is named for, after the crew auditioned 3,000 children. August decided on Hvenegaard, who he said demonstrated concentration, patience and self-control. Since 2008, Hvenegaard has been the host of the Danish version of Taken Out.