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MADS MIKKELSEN is Le Chiffre, "the Cipher,” international banker and money launderer to terrorist organizations, and James Bond's opponent in the most important game of poker either of them will ever play.

The Copenhagen-born actor is the top male star in his native Denmark and is acclaimed throughout Scandinavia. As a child he trained as a gymnast, and then became a professional dancer before studying drama at the Arhus Theatre School. In Denmark, he became famous overnight as the star of the police series "Unit 1,” which won an International Emmy as Best Drama Series.

Among his many and varied film roles, he is best known for his starring role in Susanne Bier's Open Hearts, for which he won a Zulu Award and was nominated for Best Actor for the Danish Academy's Robert Award and the Danish Film Critics' Bodil Award in 2003. Other leading roles include I Am Dina opposite Gerard Depardieu, Shake it All About directed by Hella Joof, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself directed by Lone Scherfig and two comedies, Flickering Lights and The Green Butchers, both directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. The latter garnered Mikkelsen a nomination for Robert and Bodil Awards as Best Actor in 2005.

Mikkelsen made his Hollywood debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in King Arthur directed by Antoine Fuqua. He played Tristan, the understated hawk-loving knight of the Round Table.

In Adam's Apples, again directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, Mikkelsen starred as a delusional priest, a performance that won him a Best Actor Zulu Award. The film was the Danish selection as Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Academy Awards® and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Mikkelsen recently starred in Susann Bier's new film After the Wedding and will next be seen in the Swedish thriller Exit directed by Peter Lindmark.

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