Lars Mikkelsen

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Lars Mikkelsen
Born (1964-05-06) May 6, 1964 (age 51)
Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Occupation Actor
Known for The Killing, Borgen, Sherlock
Spouse(s) Anette Støvelbæk (m. 1989)
Children Two
Family Mads Mikkelsen (brother)

Lars Dittmann Mikkelsen (born May 6, 1964) is a Danish actor perhaps best known to international TV audiences for his roles in the drama series Forbrydelsen, later released worldwide as The Killing.[1] Other notable roles include Charles Augustus Magnussen, the primary villain in the third series of Sherlock, and the Russian President Viktor Petrov in House of Cards on Netflix. He is the older brother of actor Mads Mikkelsen.

Early life[edit]

Mikkelsen was born in Gladsaxe near Copenhagen and his younger brother is the actor Mads Mikkelsen.[2] After secondary school he enrolled for military service in the Royal Danish Army. He then studied biology at the University of Copenhagen but gave up the course to earn his living as a street performer in European cities with his mime and juggling acts.[3]

Acting career[edit]

At the age of 27 he enrolled at the National Theatre School of Denmark from which he graduated in 1995. In addition to his role in the drama series released worldwide as The Killing[1] he subsequently appeared in two other internationally acclaimed Danish drama series, Those Who Kill and Borgen III.[4] He also had a leading role in an episode of the BBC drama Sherlock as Charles Augustus Magnussen, an intelligent and quietly dominant villain who blackmails his victims and is loathed by Sherlock.[5]

In addition to his native Danish, Mikkelsen speaks fluent Swedish, German and English, and he has mastered various accents. He has stated that he and his brother first picked up English by listening to Monty Python records and learning the comedy sketches.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Anette Støvelbæk.[6] They have been a couple since 1986 and married in 1989.[7] They have two sons, Lou and Thor.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Royal Blues Henning
1999 Seth Seth
1999 Under overfladen Victor
2000 Kira's Reason: A Love Story
(En kærlighedshistorie)
2004 King's Game
Peter Schou
2005 Nordkraft Steso's father
2007 De fortabte sjæles ø Steso's father
Cecilie Lasse N. Damgaard
2008 What No One Knows
(Det som ingen ved)
Marc Deleuran
2008 Flame & Citron(Flammen & Citronen) Frode Jacobsen aka Ravnen
2009 Flugten Thomas Jargil
Headhunter Martin Vinge Robert Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2012 What Richard Did Peter Karlsen
A Caretaker's Tale Per
2013 Montana Dimitrije
2014 When Animals Dream Thor
2015 9. April Lieutenant-Colonel Hintz


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Strisser på Samsø Jens Fiskrt episodes 1–4, 6
Taxa Drug addict Episode 8
2000 Edderkoppen Ole Madsen
Skjulte spor Morten Theilgaard
2001 Langt fra Las Vegas Pirate captain
2002 Rejseholdet episodes 21–22
2001 Nikolaj og Julie Per Køller episodes 10–20
2004–2007 Krøniken Jens Otto Krag episodes 2–3, 9, 11, 14–15, 17 og 21–22
2007 Forbrydelsen Troels Hartmann
2011 Those Who Kill Magnus Bisgaard
2013 Borgen season 3
2014 Sherlock Charles Augustus Magnussen series 3
1864 Thøger Larsen episodes 1–2
2015 House of Cards[9] Viktor Petrov Season 3
The Team Harold Bjørn

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