Temte grew up in Oslo, and together with his older brother Truls, they were raised by their father, Ingar, now a retired businessman, and his mother, Svanhild, who worked as a caregiver.
After graduating with a business degree from The London School of Foreign Trade, he changed gears and entered into the world of professional soccer, playing five seasons for the Norwegian football club, Strømsgodset. In 1988, a leading newspaper awarded him Player of the Year. Still connected to his former career, Temte remains an honorable member of Leeds United Supporters Trust. Despite a successful track record in sports, Temte decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
He began honing his craft at the revered Drama Studio London, in 1994. Shortly afterwards, Temte began his career on the stage in such notable Scandinavian theater productions as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Puck, and Oberon.
Due to his impressive physicality and undeniable talent, Temte landed the central role in the internationally acclaimed TV series, The Last Kingdom, playing Viking warlord, Ubba, in 2015. The following year he took on the role of Lars Ulvenaune in the popular British sci-fi TV series, Fortitude. In 2016, he performed in the Swedish hit gangster comedy, Torpederna (The Hitmen). That same year he landed the pivotal role of Bjorn the Norwegian coach in the blockbuster hit, Eddie the Eagle, in which he performed opposite Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. And in 2018, he starred in the feel-good comedy from Finland, Heavy Trip, about a wannabe rock band which became a cult hit worldwide.
When he’s not appearing in front of the camera, Temte runs his own production company (Temte Productions), for which he wears many hats — as producer, writer and actor. Some of his productions include The Accident (2018) and a few short films: Touched, and Cargo (both 2005), in which he also starred. Temte also helmed theatrical productions including Polar, Hamlet, and On the Ball, all of which toured extensively in Norway and received positive reviews. He also produced a documentary about his father, Ingar from Solbergelva, as well as an upcoming film on is mother, called Svanhild – An Old School Woman.
Temte’s work ethic and talent have not gone unnoticed, qualities instrumental in his being awarded a number of local and national government arts grants.
In 2017, he was invited to participate on the jury of the UK’s Fisheye Film Festival, and also sat on the panel of the Helsinki International Film Festival (FIN) in 2018.
A tireless philanthropist, through volunteer work as an actor Temte has contributed to Doctors Without Borders. He took it a step further and persuaded Marvel Studios to make a donation to DWB in lieu of a birthday present they were preparing to give him. In his personal life, Temte has been married to Thea M. Glimsdal Temte since 2002, a tailor and clothing designer employed by the Royal Court of Norway. They live in Solbergelva, just outside Oslo, where they are raising their son, Martinus, born in 2002.