Danish actor who gained visibility in American cinema by appearing in Dark Hawk Straight down and Kingdom of Heaven. In 2011, he started playing Jaime Lannister within the acclaimed series Video game of Thrones. He also starred within the 2014 passionate comedy ANOTHER Woman. He made a decision to act in the us after using a breakthrough part within the Danish film Nightwatch. He performed Sykes within the 2013 film Oblivion. He wedded previous Miss Greenland, celebrity, and vocalist Nukaaka Coster-Waldau in 1998. He offers two daughters called Philippa and Safina. He was in Kingdom of Heaven, which starred Orlando Bloom.
Full Name Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Date Of Birth July 27, 1970
Place Of Birth Rudkobing, Denmark
Height 1.87 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Danish National School of Performing Arts
Spouse Nukaaka Coster-Waldau
Children Philippa Waldau, Safina Waldau
Parents Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau, Hanne Søborg Coster
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Robert Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Anti-Hero, Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Movies Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman, Mama, Shot Caller, Oblivion, Black Hawk Down, Small Crimes, Headhunters, Kingdom of Heaven, Nightwatch, A Second Chance, A Thousand Times Good Night, Virtuality, Blackthorn, Enigma, The Baker, The Headsman, Misery Harbour, Wildside, My Name Is Modesty, Klown Forever, Wonderful and Loved by All, The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1, Ved verdens ende, Angel of the Night, Foreign Fields, Triple Dare, The Bouncer, Wimbledon, 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman, Firewall, Stealing Rembrandt, Bent, Himmerland, The Kautokeino Rebellion, Nobody Wants the Night, The Good Cop, The Cable Club, Jacobs liste, Chicken/Egg, Filthy Gorgeous, Life Ending Specialist
TV Shows The Left Wing Gang, New Amsterdam, Lock, Stock..., Game of Thrones
Star Sign Leo
In 2001, he began his U.S. career in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001) as Medal of Honor recipient Gary Gordon.
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.
Was under consideration to play the real life screenwriter Whitfield Cook in the Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren film "Hitchcock" (2012).
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.
The more secrets and twists in a character, the better.
There's something liberating about watching someone not following the rules.
When I was a kid I was always afraid of small dogs, because they always seemed like the ones that would attack.
You always dream of being part of a show that reaches and thrills an audience.
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.
It's beautiful being out in the wild.
One thing George R. R. Martin does is surprising things to main characters. But he says so himself.
Most female actresses will have a very difficult time being made unattractive.
If you look at most of the Royal Houses in Europe, the inbreeding was pretty outstanding.
I've never understood why you would turn down a great role.
I try not to regret too much. I find that feeling guilty takes up so much of my time already.
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'm a fan of great storytelling.
I love political dramas. I love good story-telling.
I like to be comfortable.
I think we all have the capacity of evil in us.
As an actor, secrets and obstacles fuel the character.
All actors tend to be the same messed-up people.
A villain to me is someone who actively seeks to hurt someone or does things for his own gain.
Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be an actor.
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.
What I love about acting is that you are exposed to so many different things. Horse-riding, sailing, travelling to amazing places.
I like to wear beautiful clothes, but I don't have that many.
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 know nothing more annoying when people I don't know jump to conclusions on my person based on nothing but gossip or speculation.
[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.
[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.
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