At the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
27 July 1970 |
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Sascha Nukaka Motzfeldt (m. 1998)|
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.
Coster-Waldau was born in Rudkøbing, Denmark, the son of Hanne Søborg Coster, a librarian and Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau (of German descent; died 1998). He has spoken in interviews about his father's problems with alcohol, as well as his parents' divorce. He has two older sisters, and was raised mainly by his mother. He grew up in Tybjerg, a small village between Ringsted and Næstved in southern Zealand.
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.
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."
While other actors from outside the U.S. – like Eric Bana – used their success to work mainly in the U.S., Nikolaj continued taking roles on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly his native Scandinavia. 
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. 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. 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!"
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". BuddyTV ranked him #85 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".
Coster-Waldau married Nukâka, a Greenlandic actress and singer, in 1998, and they live in Kongens Lyngby with their two children, daughters Filippa (born October 2000) and Safina (born November 2003), as well as two dogs.
|1999||The Cable Club||Rocker|
|1999||Misery Harbour||Espen Arnakke|
|2000||På fremmed mark||Holt|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Gary Gordon|
|2002||24 Hours in the Life of a Woman||Anton|
|2004||My Name Is Modesty||Miklos|
|2004||The Good Cop||Sune|
|2005||Kingdom of Heaven||Village Sheriff|
|2007||Wonderful and Loved by All||Micke|
|2007||The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1||Sammy|
|2008||The Kautokeino Rebellion||Biskop Juell|
|2009||At World's End||Severin Geertsen|
|2013||Mama||Lucas / Jeffrey Desange|
|2013||A Thousand Times Good Night||Marcus|
|2014||The Other Woman||Mark|
|2014||A Second Chance||Andreas|
|2016||Gods of Egypt||Horus||Post-production|
|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)
- Profile in The Independent
- Search "Coster Waldau" at Danske Film
- (Dead link). Internet Archive.[dead link]
- "Interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau" (in German). myfanbase. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "Nikolaj Coster May 2014 Interview with Destination Magazine.". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau profile". Buddy TV. Retrieved 3 August 2008.
- Moynihan, Rob (January 19, 2015). "How I Got My SAG-AFTRA Card", TV Guide. p. 8
- "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
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