Coster-Waldau at Game Of Thrones season 3 premiere (Seattle), 21 March 2013
27 July 1970 |
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Sascha Nukaka Motzfeldt (1998–present); 2 children|
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 born in Rudkøbing, Denmark, to Fritzer Waldau (of German descent; died 1998) and Hanne Søborg Coster, a librarian, and grew up in Tybjerg. He has two older sisters, and was raised mainly by his mother. He lives near Copenhagen. with his wife, Nukaaka, a Greenlandic actress and singer, and their two children. His father-in-law is Josef Motzfeldt, a member of the Parliament of Greenland and former leader of the Inuit Community party.
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 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."
He next landed a lead role in Michael Apted's Enigma. 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".
(Danish unless indicated)
- Nattevagten (1994)
- Nattens engel (1998)
- Vildspor (1998; also screenwriter)
- Antenneforeningen (1999)
- Misery Harbour (1999)
- På fremmed mark (2000)
- Manden bag døren (2003)
- Rembrandt (2003)
- Den gode strømer (2004)
- Supervoksen (2006)
- Underbar och älskad av alla ("Wonderful and loved by everyone", Swedish, 2006)
- De unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1 ("The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche part 1", 2007)
- Kautokeino-opprøret (Norwegian; 2008)
- Himmerland (2008; also co-producer)
- Ved Verdens Ende (2009)
- Hodejegerne (Norwegian; 2011)
- Aurum (2012; executive producer)
|2000||Lock, Stock...||Jordi||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Gary Gordon|
|2004||My Name Is Modesty||Miklos|
|2005||Kingdom of Heaven||Village Sheriff|
|2005||The Headsman||Martin||Alternatively titled Shadow of the Sword|
|2007||The Baker||Bjorn||Alternatively titled Assassin in Love|
|2008||New Amsterdam||John Amsterdam / John York||TV series, 8 episodes|
|2009||Virtuality||Commander Frank Pike||TV movie|
|2011–present||Game of Thrones||Jaime Lannister||TV series, 19 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actor (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)
|2013||Mama||Lucas / Jeffrey|
|2013||A Thousand Times Good Night||Marcus|
|2014||The Other Woman||Filming|
- "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau". Wikipedia, Den frie encyklopædi. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- Profile in The Independent
- "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as John Amsterdam". New Amsterdam Forever. Retrieved 3 August 2008.
- "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau profile". TV.com. Retrieved 3 August 2008.
- "Interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau" (in German). myfanbase. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "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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