Lars Mikkelsen

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Lars Mikkelsen
Lars Mikkelsen.jpg
Mikkelsen in 2015
Born Lars Dittmann Mikkelsen
(1964-05-06) 6 May 1964 (age 53)
Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Occupation Actor
Known for The Killing, House of Cards, Borgen, Sherlock, Star Wars Rebels
Spouse(s) Anette Støvelbæk (m. 1989)
Children 2
Relatives Mads Mikkelsen (brother)

Lars Dittmann Mikkelsen (born (1964-05-06)6 May 1964) is a Danish actor best known to international TV audiences for his roles as Copenhagen mayoral election candidate Troels Hartmann in the drama series The Killing,[1] Charles Augustus Magnussen, the primary villain in the third series of Sherlock, the Russian President Viktor Petrov in House of Cards on Netflix, and Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels. He is the older brother of actor Mads Mikkelsen. In 2011 he won the Reumert Prize of honour.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mikkelsen was born in Gladsaxe near Copenhagen, the older brother of actor Mads Mikkelsen.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] He also had a leading role in an episode of the BBC drama Sherlock as blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen.[6] In the acclaimed American telivision series House of Cards, he acted as the president of Russia.

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Anette Støvelbæk.[7] They have been a couple since 1986 and married in 1989.[8] They have two sons, Lue and Thor.[9]



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 Necromancer
Cecilie Lasse N. Damgaard
2008 What No One Knows
(Det som ingen ved)
Marc Deleuran
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
2014 Montana Dimitrije
When Animals Dream Thor
2015 9. April Lieutenant-Colonel Hintz
2016 Der kommer en dag Frederik Heck


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
Nikolaj og Julie Per Køller Episodes 10–20
2002 Rejseholdet Episodes 21–22
2004–07 Krøniken Jens Otto Krag Episodes 2–3, 9, 11, 14–15, 17, 21–22
2007 Forbrydelsen Troels Hartmann
2011 Those Who Kill Magnus Bisgaard
2013 Borgen Søren Ravn Season 3
2014 Sherlock Charles Augustus Magnussen Series 3
1864 Thøger Larsen Episodes 1–2
2015 The Team Harold Bjørn
2015–17 House of Cards[10] Viktor Petrov Seasons 3–5

Animated films/series/shorts[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Tiger-brødre Aidan McRory
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles Malthazar
The Wild Samson
2007 Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure Lucky Luke
Bee Movie Ken
Meet the Robinsons Onkel Arthur
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens General O.K. MacMission
2010 Huset Anubis Hr. Van Swieten
2014 The Dam Keeper The Narrator Short[11]
2016–present Star Wars Rebels Grand Admiral Thrawn


  1. ^ a b "The Killing's Lars Mikkelsen: 'Danish newspapers are talking about you raving about it'", The Telegraph, 4 April 2011. Accessed 5 January 2014
  2. ^ "Reumert 2011 Hæderspris Lars Mikkelsen 22". 17 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Erlendsson, Kirsten (30 January 2007). "Lars Mikkelsen: Det var smøgerne eller livet". B.T. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b best-actors-in-the-world/ Lars Mikkelsen interview at Leeds Student. Retrieved 13 January 2014
  5. ^ Vicky Frost, "Has Denmark run out of TV actors?", The Guardian, 22 February 2012. Accessed 5 January 2014
  6. ^ Lars Mikkelsen interview at BBC mediacentre. Retrieved 13 January 2013
  7. ^ Schelin, Karen Magrethe (19 September 2009). "Jeg nåede aldrig at være en umulig teenager". Berlingske Tidende. Retrieved 30 December 2010.  with whom he has two sons, Lue and Thor.
  8. ^ "Anette Støvelbæk fejrer sølvbryllup med Lars Mikkelsen: Håber han er hjemme". SeOgHoer (in Danish). Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lars Mikkelsens børn vil også på scenenFilmdatabase". SeOgHoer (in Danish). Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Alexander, Susannah (January 12, 2015). "Sherlock actor Lars Mikkelsen to star in House of Cards season 3". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ Amidi, Amid. "Confirmation of Lars Mikkelsen in Trailer". Cartoon Brew. Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 

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