Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Plays Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster Waldau profile

The well known actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, was born on July 27, 1970 in the Danish city of Rudkoebing, but he grew up in the city of Tybjerg.

Early years

He is the third of the three children born to his parents – he has two sisters who are both older than him. His mother was the chief librarian of the library in Glumso, while his father mostly worked in Greenland. He spent much of his early years travelling to Greenland with his father. After completing his schooling, he moved to Copenhagen and went to study at the Statens Teaterskole (the National Theatre School from 1989 to 1993.

Acting career

Mr Coster-Waldau chose acting as his career as he saw this profession as the gateway to the world, which he was keen to explore. His first stage production was at the Betty Nansen Theatre, as Laertes in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

His first film – which launched his European career and made him a household name – was Nightwatch (Nattevagten in Danish), which was filmed in 1994. He then signed up with Fox Television and acted in its New Amsterdam series, as the Homicide Detective John Amsterdam, but this series was never aired. In the interim, Mr Coster-Waldau appeared alongside Kirsten Dunst in Wimbledon. In 2009 he filmed another show for this company, Virtuality, in which has played Frank Pike.

Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones

Best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in the first season of Game of Thrones, Mr Coster-Waldau thoroughly enjoys this playing this character and thinks that no actor could ask for a better role. He describes the massive set and beautiful scenery as exciting and awe inspiring; and he loves working with his co actors. He is delighted to be in the other seasons too. He admits to not having known about the series of books by George R R Martin on which Game of Thrones is based, so loves the surprises he found in the story when he did read them.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing Jaime Lannister

Other roles

The first film he made in the United States, in 2001, was Black Hawk Down, in which he played Gary Gordon. A friend of his helped him film a clip in the attic of his home in Copenhagen and he sent it to America – and got the part he wanted, which he considers a lucky break in his career. His next project in the United States was in Enigma, in which he acted with the Hollywood luminary Kate Winslet. In 2005 he again went to the United States to film Kingdom of Heaven together with Hollywood greats Liam Neeson, Orlando Bloom and Eva Green. He also acted with Harrison Ford in Firewall.

2013 will be a busy year for Mr Coster-Waldau. His latest enterprise is Mama, a horror film in which he co-stars with Jessica Chastain, which is due for release later in the year. Also due to be released in April 2013 is the science fiction film Oblivion, in which he plays Sykes, with Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Zoe Bell and a whole host of other top Hollywood actors and actresses. Oblivion will also be released in IMAX. Yet another film scheduled for release in 2013 is A Thousand Times Good Night, in which he has the lead role of Marcus. Mr Coster-Waldau will also continue filming episode 3.1 of Game of Thrones.

As a linguist, Mr Coster-Waldau has appeared in sixteen films between 1994 and 2011 which were made in Danish or Norwegian. His tally of English language films and TV series, made from 1997 to 2013 is also sixteen. Not only is Mr Coster-Waldau an inspired actor, but in 1998 he wrote the script for the film Vildspor; in 2008 he co-produced the film Himmerland; andhe was also Executive Producer of the film Aurum in 2012. He has appeared as a guest on TV shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live in America.

Nikolai Coster-Waldau loves meeting his fans, which he finds exhilarating. He is waiting for some down time to sit with his family to watch the entire series on DVD. He also particularly likes the American TV series Homeland. He ranked at number 85th on BuddyTV’s list of Sexiest TV Men in 2011.


Mr Coster-Waldau, who sometimes uses the names Nikolaj Coster or Nikolaj Waldau, is married to Nukaaka (born Motzfeldt), a singer and actress who was born and grew up in Uummannaq, Greenland. She is 41 years old and once held the title of Miss Greenland. They live in Denmark and have two daughters, Saffina and Philippa.

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