Born in 1938 in Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands. He graduated from the Royal Danish Theatre Drama School in 1957. He started his career as director of the Tórshavn Amateur Theatre 1961-70 and went on to direct and perform at Aarhus Theatre 1970-73. In 1976, he founded Gríma, the first professional theatre group on the Faroe Islands. In 1997, he received a lifelong grant from the Danish Arts Foundation, and in 2001 he was awarded the national Cultural Award by the Faroese Parliament, Løgtingið.

Eyðun Johannessen on his personal relationship with Hans Christian Andersen:
To me, Hans Christian Andersen is the great communicator of the crossroads between reality and the realm of art; between the inner and the outer, the open and the closed, love and hate, life and death. Hans Christian Andersen represents the uniqueness and magic of all art, its sense of beauty and ugliness, and an understanding of artistic experience.