Espen is Norwegian and is married to Helen, with two daughters, Claudia (5) and Eve (3). He moved to London in 1997 to play rubber bridge. His passion is tennis, and he was the 8th ranked junior player in Norway.
His bridge career started when he was in the Norwegian army. With 23 hours of darkness in the winter, the club in the mess was very inviting. He quickly progressed and was selected for the Norwegian junior team which won the European Junior Championship in 1995, and finished second in the World Junior Pairs in 1996 and the World Junior Teams Championship in 1997. Later successes were winning the European Mixed Teams in 2005 partnering his wife, the 2008 and 2010 Premier League, and 2016 Gold Cup.
Camrose Trophy Selections: 2004 2009 and 2011
Gold Cup winner: 2016
Premier League Winner: 2008 and 2010
Brighton Four Stars Teams Winner: 2002 and 2013
Easter Congress Guardian Trophy winner : 2000
Player of the Year Championship: 2016/17 - 10th=