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Overview (2)

Born in Rudkøbing, Denmark
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (born 27 July 1970) is a Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. He graduated from the Danish National School of Theatre in Copenhagen in 1993. Coster-Waldau's breakthrough performance in Denmark was his role in the film Nightwatch (1994). Since then he has appeared in numerous films in his native Scandinavia and Europe in general, including Headhunters (2011) and A Thousand Times Good Night (2013).

In the United States, his debut film role was in the war film Black Hawk Down (2001), playing Medal of Honor recipient Gary Gordon. He then played Detective John Amsterdam in the short-lived Fox television series New Amsterdam (2008), as well as appearing as Frank Pike in the 2009 Fox television film Virtuality, originally intended as a pilot. He became widely known for his role as Jaime Lannister in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2018. He is a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, drawing attention to critical issues such as gender equality and climate change.

Coster-Waldau was born in Rudkøbing, Denmark, the son of Hanne Søborg Coster, a librarian, and Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau (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 the youngest actor to enter the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance (Danish: Statens Teaterskole), where he was educated from 1989 to 1993.

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."

Since April 2011, Coster-Waldau has played Jaime Lannister in the HBO 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". For his role as Jaime Lannister he has received several accolades, including Primetime Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Television Award, Saturn Award and People's Choice Award nominations.

In 2011, he also starred alongside Sam Shepard in Mateo Gil's feature Blackthorn, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Later the same year he starred in Morten Tyldum's Headhunters. The film went on to be the highest-grossing Norwegian film of all-time and received very positive reviews including a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. Coster-Waldau starred in the 2013 horror film Mama alongside Jessica Chastain, which debuted at number one in the US box office and grossed over $140 million worldwide. He went on to play Sykes, a military weapons expert in the science fiction action thriller film Oblivion. The same year he co-starred with Juliette Binoche in Erik Poppe's drama A Thousand Times Good Night. In 2014, he starred in Susanne Bier's Danish thriller A Second Chance as Andreas, a police officer forced to make a difficult choice. In 2016, Coster-Waldau appeared in the action-fantasy film Gods of Egypt as Horus.

In early 2017, he starred in E.L. Katz's dark comedy Small Crimes which premiered at South by Southwest film festival on 11 March 2017, to positive reviews. Coster-Waldau then appeared in the Danish film 3 Things, a thriller about a prime suspect of a bank robbery who negotiates the terms of his witness protection deal. He starred in Roman Waugh's prison film Shot Caller, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on 16 June 2017. Since January 2018 he has been the L'Oréal Paris global spokesperson for the company's Men Expert line of products. In May 2017, it was announced that he is attached to star in Domino, a film directed by Brian De Palma. He is also set to star in The Silencing, a thriller directed by Anders Engstom.

Although Coster-Waldau is not religious, like the vast majority of Danes, he was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran in the Danish National Church during his youth and viewed his confirmation as a big moment in his life when he first identified as becoming an adult. He married Nukâka, a Greenlandic actress and singer, in 1998, and they live in Kongens Lyngby with their two daughters as well as two dogs. Their daughter Filippa has starred in a Danish short film, The Girl and the Dogs, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. His father-in-law is Josef Motzfeldt, a member of the Parliament of Greenland and former leader of the Community of the People party. He is a supporter of English football club Leeds United and he is a member of the Leeds United Supporters' Trust.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Spouse (1)

Nukâka (1998 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (14)

He got his acting education at Statens Teaterskole. [1993]
Has two children, with wife Nukâka, daughters named Saffina and Philippa.
Friend of Danish painter Thomas Kluge.
Was under consideration to play the real life screenwriter Whitfield Cook in the Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren film "Hitchcock" (2012).
Coster-Waldau was educated at the National Theater School in Denmark from 1989 to 1993. He made his stage debut as Laertes in Hamlet at the Betty Nansen Theater. His role in movie 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 (2001) as Medal of Honor recipient Gary Gordon.
His native language is Danish, and he also speaks fluent English and German. However he has stated he does not feel as confident speaking German, and prefers English when interviewed in German language media.
Played two roles as American convicts in in the films Shot Caller and Small Town Crime. Both films came out in 2017.
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones (2011), but lost to Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones (2011).
He was in Kingdom of Heaven, which starred Orlando Bloom.
He decided to act in America after having a breakthrough role in the Danish film Nightwatch.
He played Sykes in the 2013 film Oblivion.
Danish actor who gained visibility in American cinema by appearing in Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven. In 2011, he began playing Jaime Lannister in the acclaimed series Game of Thrones. He also starred in the 2014 romantic comedy The Other Woman.
He married former Miss Greenland, actress, and singer Nukaaka Coster-Waldau in 1998. He has two daughters named Philippa and Safina.

Personal Quotes (28)

[on his ideal 2013 Emmys] I just watched the Louis C.K. special [Louis C.K. Oh My God (2013)]. If he doesn't win... He was just so brilliant. I'm also a huge Breaking Bad (2008) fan. They only had half a season, but even half a season of that is worth 10 of most other shows. Those guys and girls could easily throw a few more Emmys at them.
[on having to play 'Game of Thrones' character Jaime Lannister, having lost his normal fencing hand in the story] It's great. As an actor you have a character who's defined by his skills as a swordsman, and then you take away that one thing. It's great because it creates this huge obstacle. It's difficult for him to deal with as a person, but as an actor you live for those moments. Physically, it was a nightmare at the beginning because I had to have my arm down my left leg and my stump up here, but now it's fine.
I know nothing more annoying when people I don't know jump to conclusions on my person based on nothing but gossip or speculation.
I'm a huge 'Breaking Bad' fan; I would be really annoyed if anyone told me anything about what was going to happen in the last eight episodes.
I like to wear beautiful clothes, but I don't have that many.
What I love about acting is that you are exposed to so many different things. Horse-riding, sailing, travelling to amazing places.
The only thing I find difficult to watch - horror movies - not that I don't like them. Like 'The Shining,' it's one of my favorite movies, but it's terrifying. I feel like I've watched a marathon afterwards.
Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be an actor.
A villain to me is someone who actively seeks to hurt someone or does things for his own gain.
All actors tend to be the same messed-up people.
As an actor, secrets and obstacles fuel the character.
I think we all have the capacity of evil in us.
I like to be comfortable.
I love political dramas. I love good story-telling.
I'm a fan of great storytelling.
I was 15 or 16 when I first saw 'Once Upon A Time In America,' so I was quite young, but I was completely blown away.
I try not to regret too much. I find that feeling guilty takes up so much of my time already.
I've never understood why you would turn down a great role.
If you look at most of the Royal Houses in Europe, the inbreeding was pretty outstanding.
Most female actresses will have a very difficult time being made unattractive.
One thing George R. R. Martin does is surprising things to main characters. But he says so himself.
It's beautiful being out in the wild.
I couldn't pick up a sword and go fight anyone, let me put it that way. It's choreography and it's acting. The best sword fights you see look amazing, but it's the acting that sells it more than anything.
You always dream of being part of a show that reaches and thrills an audience.
When I was a kid I was always afraid of small dogs, because they always seemed like the ones that would attack.
There's something liberating about watching someone not following the rules.
The more secrets and twists in a character, the better.
What's great about 'Game of Thrones' is they change the perspective, the POV, all the time. So you will have one story told by one character and you'll go, 'Oh my God, horrible', and then maybe the season after you have the same story told but from the person you thought was just the most horrible, vile creature.

Salary (3)

Game of Thrones (2011) $952,857 an episode (season 7)
Game of Thrones (2011) £340,000 per episode
Game of Thrones (2011) $1,066,667 per episode (season 8)

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