Coster-Waldau 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 on 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. Since April 2011, he became known to a broad audience by playing the role of Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
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 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 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. He later 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.
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".
He lives near Copenhagen with his wife, Nukaka, a Greenlandic actress and singer, and their two children, daughters Saffina (born 2000) and Philippa (born 2004).  He has two older sisters, and was raised mainly by his mother. His father-in-law is Josef Motzfeldt, a member of the Parliament of Greenland and former leader of the Inuit Community party.
|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 (2014)
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011)
- Search "Coster Waldau" at Danske Film
- Profile in The Independent
- "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.
- "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
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