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Mads Mikkelsen at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
|Born||Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen
22 November 1965
|Spouse(s)||Hanne Jacobsen (2000–present)|
Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen ( listen (help·info); born 22 November 1965) is a Danish actor. He is best known for his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award-winning role in the film The Hunt and for playing the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the twenty-first James Bond film, Casino Royale. He is presently starring in the 2013 TV series Hannibal as Dr. Hannibal Lecter opposite Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham.
Early life 
Mikkelsen was born in Copenhagen as the second son of Bente Christiansen, a nurse and Henning Mikkelsen, a cab driver. He and his brother, Lars Mikkelsen, who is also an actor, grew up in Nørrebro. In his youth he was trained as a gymnast, wanting to pursue athletic endeavors, before going to study dance at the ballet academy in Gothenburg. He was a professional dancer for almost a decade, but left it behind to study at Århus Theatre School, to pursue a career in acting.
He made his film debut in the movie Pusher. He also has starred in popular Danish movies such as Flickering Lights, The Green Butchers, Adam's Apples, and Pusher II. Mikkelsen's longest running role was as a policeman in the Danish television series Rejseholdet, which ran for four years.
He first became known to an international audience for his role as Tristan in the Jerry Bruckheimer production of King Arthur, which was a commercial success, but received negative reviews from critics. His first critical and commercial success internationally was playing the villain Le Chiffre in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale, which earned critical praise. Also in 2006, he took the lead role in the Danish drama After the Wedding, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign film.
In 2008, when the Quantum of Solace video game was released, Mikkelsen reprised his role of Le Chiffre, voicing the character throughout the game. Also in 2008, Mikkelsen, along with fellow James Bond villain Richard Kiel, was invited by Swiss watchmaker Swatch to Bregenz, Austria to present the Swatch 007 Villain Collection.
In 2010, he starred in the remake of Clash of the Titans, as Draco, the leader of the king's guard alongside Sam Worthington, which was a hit at the box office, but received negative reviews from critics.
In 2012, he starred in The Hunt, which earned him some of the best reviews of his career, he also won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in the film. The same year he starred in the Oscar nominated historical drama, A Royal Affair, which was met with critical acclaim.
He is currently starring in the 2013 TV series Hannibal as Dr. Hannibal Lecter opposite Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham. The series has been a critical success and his portrayal of Lecter has earned praise from critics.
His upcoming projects include, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2013 and playing the titular character in Michael Kohlhaas, which will have it's premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently filming The Salvation, a western which is set for a 2014 release. He will also lend his voice to Kung Fu Panda 3, which is set for a 2015 release.
Personal life 
In 2000, he married choreographer Hanne Jacobsen, whom he had been dating since 1987. They have a daughter and son, Viola and Carl. Mikkelsen lived in Copenhagen all his life, until he moved to Toronto in 2012 when the filming of Hannibal started.
|2000–2004||Rejseholdet||Allan Fisher||Main role|
|2013–present||Hannibal||Dr. Hannibal Lecter|
Video games 
|2008||007: Quantum of Solace||Le Chiffre||Voice|
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- Daniel Craig Finally Ready for Bond Girl
- Krak, Ove Holger (2004). Kraks blå bog, Volume 29. Krak. p. 775. ISBN 8772258446. (Danish)
- "MADS MIKKELSEN – MOST WANTED". Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- "Review: Mads Mikkelsen mesmerizes in 'Hannibal'". Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "First Look At Mads Mikkelsen In Western 'The Salvation'; Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Pryce & More Join Cast". Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- "Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson Join Voice Cast of 'Kung Fu Panda 3'". Retrieved 2013-04-09.
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