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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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Born (1970-07-27) 27 July 1970 (age 44)
Rudkøbing, Denmark
Occupation Actor, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Sascha Nukaka Motzfeldt (m. 1998)
Children 2

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish pronunciation: [ˈneɡolaɪ̯ kʌsdɐ ˈʋaldɑʊ̯]; born 27 July 1970) is a Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. He attended Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen in 1993. In the United States, he played Detective John Amsterdam in the short-lived Fox television series New Amsterdam, as well as appearing as Frank Pike in the 2009 Fox television film Virtuality, originally intended as a pilot. He became widely known to a broad audience after playing Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Coster-Waldau was born in Rudkøbing, Denmark, the son of Hanne Søborg Coster, a librarian[1] and Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau (of German descent; died 1998).[citation needed] He has spoken in interviews about his father's problems with alcohol, as well as his parents' divorce.[1] He has two older sisters, and was raised mainly by his mother.[2] He grew up in Tybjerg, a small village between Ringsted and Næstved in southern Zealand.[1][3][2]

Career[edit]

Coster-Waldau was educated at the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance from 1989 to 1993. He made his stage debut as Laertes in Hamlet at the Betty Nansen Theater. His role in the film Nightwatch (1994) brought him fame in his native country. He later transitioned to United States film and television.[4]

Coster-Waldau at Game Of Thrones season 3 premiere in March 2013

In 2001, he began his U.S. career in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down as Medal of Honor recipient Gary Gordon. Coster-Waldau says "My first U.S. movie was Black Hawk Down and a friend helped me put myself on tape up on the attic over my apartment in Copenhagen. We shipped it out and I got lucky."[5]

Nikolaj has used his success to work take roles on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly his native Scandinavia. [6]

He next landed a lead role in Michael Apted's Enigma and also appeared as a villain in the action film My Name is Modesty (based upon the Modesty Blaise comic strip). Scott brought Coster-Waldau back for his 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven. Richard Loncraine, who cast the actor in Wimbledon in 2004, cast him in Firewall two years later, in 2006.[4] In 2007 he played John Amsterdam, an immortal New York homicide detective who will become mortal after he finds his true love, in the short-lived Fox TV drama series New Amsterdam.[7] As a result of filming that series' pilot, Coster-Waldau obtained his Screen Actors Guild card. He later recalled in a 2015 interview in TV Guide, "Finally getting my SAG card was huge for me...I got excited I went straight to the SAG online shop and bought four mugs with SAG logo. [I] still have those mugs!"[8]

Since April 2011, Coster-Waldau has played Jaime Lannister on HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novel series. He commented about the character: "What's not to like about Jaime? As an actor I couldn't ask for a better role".[5] BuddyTV ranked him #85 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[9]

Coster-Waldau starred in the 2013 horror film Mama alongside Jessica Chastain. He went on to play Sykes, a military weapons expert in the science fiction action thriller film Oblivion.

Personal life[edit]

Coster-Waldau married Nukâka, a Greenlandic actress and singer, in 1998,[10] and they live in Kongens Lyngby with their two children, daughters Filippa (born October 2000)[11] and Safina (born November 2003),[12] as well as two dogs.[13]

Filippa has starred in a Danish short film, "The Girl and the Dogs," which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.[14][15]

His father-in-law is Josef Motzfeldt, a member of the Parliament of Greenland and former leader of the Community of the People party.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Nightwatch Martin Bork
1997 Bent Wolf
1997 Hemmeligheder Mads
1998 Wildside Ossy Also writer
1998 Nattens engel Frankie
1999 The Cable Club Rocker
1999 Misery Harbour Espen Arnakke
2000 På fremmed mark Holt
2001 Enigma Puck
2001 Black Hawk Down Gary Gordon
2002 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman Anton
2003 Stealing Rembrandt Kenneth
2003 The Bouncer Svend
2004 My Name Is Modesty Miklos
2004 The Good Cop Sune
2004 Wimbledon Dieter Prohl
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Village Sheriff
2005 The Headsman Martin
2006 Firewall Liam
2006 Triple Dare Martin
2007 The Baker Bjorn
2007 Wonderful and Loved by All Micke
2007 The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1 Sammy
2008 The Kautokeino Rebellion Biskop Juell
2008 Himmerland Thomas Also co-producer
2009 At World's End Severin Geertsen
2011 Blackthorn James Jovin
2011 Headhunters Clas Greve
2012 Aurum Executive producer
2013 Mama Lucas / Jeffrey Desange
2013 Oblivion Sykes
2013 A Thousand Times Good Night Marcus
2014 The Other Woman Mark King
2014 A Second Chance Andreas
2014 Upstart Executive producer
2014 Livsforkortelses Ekspert Producer
2016 Gods of Egypt Horus Post-production

Television[edit]

Coster-Waldau at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Slaget på tasken Christian TV movie
1995 Who's Hitler? Nattevagten TV short
1995 Lyse tider TV short
1997 Jacobs liste Jacob TV movie
2000 Lock, Stock... Jordi 2 episodes
2006 Filthy Gorgeous Alex TV movie
2008 New Amsterdam John Amsterdam 8 episodes
2009 Virtuality Commander Frank Pike TV movie
2009–2010 The Left Wing Gang Jan Weimann 5 episodes
2011–present Game of Thrones Jaime Lannister 28 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2013)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2013)
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2013–2014)

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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