The Copenhagen-born actor MADS MIKKELSEN (Nigel) , who began his professional career as a gymnast
and dancer, has worked steadily in theatre, television and film to become the top male star in
Denmark and Scandinavia.
Mikkelsen received the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his role in The
Hunt. In this film, directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration), Mikkelsen plays a
kindergarten teacher in a small Danish village who is falsely accused of child abuse. Following a
premiere at Cannes, the film also screened at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto
International Film Festival, among others. Mikkelsen's performance additionally earned him his
third European Film Award nomination for Best Actor. Magnolia Pictures released the film in
the spring of 2013.
Also this spring, Mikkelsen was introduced to American audiences playing the iconic role of
'Hannibal Lecter' in Hannibal, a television adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel, for NBC. The
series will feature Hugh Dancy as 'Will Graham,' the criminal profiler who is searching for a
serial killer with the FBI and enlists Dr. Lecter's help with the case. Brian Fuller (Pushing
Daisies) who created the series will write and executive produce.
Most recently, Mikkelsen starred in A Royal Affair in the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee,' the
German physician who became a confidant to the mentally ill King Christian VII and had an
affair with his wife, Queen Caroline Mathilde. The historical film, written and directed by
Nikolaj Arcel and also starring Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Boe Foelsgaard, premiered at the
Berlin International Film Festival and screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film
Festival. Magnolia Pictures released the film in the US on November 9, 2012.
Mikkelsen made his film debut with a lead performance in director Nicolas Winding Refn's
(Drive) 1996 international crime drama success Pusher, part one of a trilogy. He reprised his role
as a low-life pusher/junkie the much-anticipated sequel, With Blood On My Hands: Pusher 2,
with a performance that garnered him a Robert and Bodil for Best Actor.
In 2004, Mikkelsen made his American debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in
Disney's King Arthur, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and produced by Jerry
Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean). As 'Tristan,' Mikkelsen played the understated hawk-
loving scout among Arthur's (played by Owen) Knights of the Round Table.
In 2005, Mikkelsen appeared as a delusional priest in Adam's Apple, which premiered at the
Toronto International Film Festival. The film was the Danish selection for Best Foreign
Language Film for the 2006 Academy Awards and his performance garnered him a Best Actor
In 2006, Mikkelsen starred as the villain, 'Le Chiffre,' in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino
Royale. The film was received positively by critics and earned worldwide box office success.
Also that year, Mikkelsen played the lead in Susanne Bier's film After the Wedding, which was
nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for Best Foreign Language Film. In addition, he also
starred in the Swedish thriller Exit, directed by Peter Lindmark.
In 2008, Mikkelsen starred in director Ole Christian Madsen' Danish drama/action film, Flame
& Citron. The film takes place during the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II.
In 2009, Mikkelsen was reunited with Danish director Nicolas Winding-Refn (Drive) for
Valhalla Rising. The story follows a group of Christians on a journey to Jerusalem, taking place
in 1,000 AD. The film premiered at the 66th
Venice International Film Festival.
In 2010, Mikkelsen starred as 'Draco' in the 3D fantasy adventure film, Clash of the Titans. The
film was directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) and distributed by Warner Bros.
In 2011, Mikkelsen appeared as 'Rochefort' in the 3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers for
director Paul W.S. Anderson. The film also starred Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla
Jovovich. This same year, the European Film Awards presented Mikkelsen with the honorary
award, Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema 2011.
Additional film credits include I am Dina opposite Gerard Depardieu, Shake It All About,
Flickering Lights, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself and The Green Butchers for which he was
nominated for a Bodil for Best Actor in 2004.
A graduate of Arhus Theatre School, Mikkelsen has subsequently appeared onstage in several
productions, including 'Romeo' in Romeo and Juliet, as directed by Lars Kaalund. Mikkelsen
also starred in the police series, Unit 1, which garnered an International Emmy Award for Best
Drama Series. Among his many distinguished and varied film roles, Mikkelsen is best known
for his starring role in Susanne Bier's Open Hearts for which he was nominated for Best Actor
for the Robert (Danish Academy Award) and Bodil (Danish Film Critics' Award) in 2003 and
won the "Best Actor" Zulu Award in 2002.
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