Actor NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU [Horus] has created a strong
foothold in Hollywood, and continues to rise, starring on a critically-acclaimed
television series and a vast array of film projects.
Coster-Waldau will return for the sixth season of HBO's epic, award-winning
series "Game of Thrones," starring as 'Jamie Lannister.' This
critically-acclaimed series, created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is based on
the best-selling novels by George R. R. Martin, and won the Emmy Award for
"Outstanding Drama Series" in 2015. Coster-Waldau completed production on Bold
Films' Shot Caller from writer/director Ric Roman Waugh. Coster-Waldau leads the
drama about a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his
gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of
Southern California. The film co-stars Benjamin Bratt, Lake Bell and Jon
Bernthal. Coster-Waldau recently starred in Academy Award-winning director
Susanne Bier's Danish drama, A Second Chance, which premiered at the Toronto
Film Festival and addresses the question of how far decent human beings are
willing to go when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust. He also
starred in the indie drama A Thousand Times Good Night, starring opposite
Juliette Binoche, playing the husband of a war photographer who struggles with
the reality of his wife's occupation. In Spring 2014, he starred opposite
Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in Twentieth Century Fox's The Other Woman, which
opened #1. In 2013, Coster-Waldau starred in Guillermo Del Toro's Mama, opposite
Jessica Chastain. The film, from Universal Pictures, also opened #1 in its
opening weekend. That year, he also appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Universal's
Oblivion, from writer-director Joseph Kosinski.
After leaving his handprint on the European Film and Television industry,
Coster-Waldau quickly made his transition to American Cinema. In 2001, Nikolaj
began his U.S. career with a starring role in Ridley Scott's
critically acclaimed and multi Academy Award-winning Black Hawk Down.
Following, he landed a lead role in Michael Apted's Enigma co-starring Kate
Winslet, Dougray Scott and Saffron Burrows.
Coster-Waldau's charm and incredible range as an actor prompted many of his
previous directors to cast him once again. Ridley Scott brought Nikolaj back for
his 2005 epic film Kingdom of Heaven starring Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Eva
Green. Additionally, Richard Loncraine, who first cast Nikolaj in his 2004 film
Wimbledon alongside Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst, brought him back for
Firewall, a suspense filled thriller starring Harrison Ford.
In 2008, Coster-Waldau made his series debut in the FOX drama, New Amsterdam,
playing immortal detective 'John Amsterdam' and was singled out by many as one
of the season's breakout stars. He was then seen in FOX's Virtuality, directed
by Peter Berg and produced by Gail Berman & Lloyd Braun.
In 2009, he co-starred opposite Ulrich Thomsen in Blekingegade, a high-profile
Danish TV2 mini-series event, based on Denmark's highest profile criminal gang,
for TV2 and Zentropa Films. The first of the five episodes gave TV2 its highest
ratings for 2009.
Additional film credits include Headhunters, based on the novel by bestselling
writer Jo Nesbo, Oscar winning writer Mateo Gil's directorial debut,
Blackthorn, opposite Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea and Eduardo Noriega, and leading
roles in the films Night Watch, Vildsport (Wildshot), which he also co-wrote,
Misery Harbours, Foreign Fields, 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman, Rembrandt and
Manden Bag Dren.
A graduate of the prestigious National Theater School in Denmark, Coster-Waldau
currently resides in Copenhagen.