Danish Artist Spotlight: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

If you’ve been following the epic HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, no doubt by now you’re very familiar with Ser Jaime Lannister – the most dashing swordsman in King’s Landing and brother-in-law to King Robert Baratheon who keeps an incestuous romance with his sister Cersei. Their trysts have borne them a son, Joffrey, who upon the death of his “father” in a hunting accident, now sits stubborn impetuous, and cruel upon the Iron Throne. However, Jaime (his real father) has been prisoner to the Starks, sent in exchange for his captor’s sisters, and now faces grimmer times ahead. Who better to portray the role than Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau?


Nikolaj was born in Rudkebing, Denmark. His mother, Henne Søborg Coster, a librarian, raised him mostly on her own with his two elder sisters Rikke and Dorte. From 1989 to 1993, he enrolled at the National Theater School in Denmark. No stranger to stage performance, he debuted as Laertes in Hamlet at the Betty Nansen Theater.


He soon made his foray into film – his portrayal of medical student Martink Bork in the suspense-thriller Nightwatch became his breakthrough role. In time, Hollywood began taking notice of his talent. He debuted in American cinema as Medal of Honor recipient Gary Gordon in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down. The projects came rolling in – Enigma, Kingdom of Heaven, Wimbledon, and Firewall, playing alongside powerhouse casts and brilliant directors.


In Denamrk, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also has his share of writing, producing, and directing films. He currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of Hemmingsen Entertainment Corporation and affiliate Hemmingsen Creek Productions.


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