From Game of Thrones and to Nightwatch, we honour the Danish gentleman and his appeal with a selection of his best moments on the screen.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a prime example of the modern talent pool of actors who have gained notoriety in both their native Scandinavia as well as harnessing international acclaim. Waldau’s first major English-language cinematic role came in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001), which he followed with WW2 spy games in Enigma (2001). He tackled love in romantic sporting drama Wimbledon (2004), as Paul Bettany’s counterpart on and off the court, and reunited with Scott for medieval action in Kingdom of Heaven (2005). His recent box office hits include the sci-fi Oblivion (2013), opposite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, and the Guillermo del Toro produced supernatural horror Mama (2013) with Jessica Chastain. In television, Waldau’s early credits include Guy Ritchie’s gangster black comedy Lock, Stock… TV Series (2000), as well as the US fantasy drama New Amsterdam (2008) in which he played an immortal homicide detective.
We look at Waldau’s scorching success over the last twenty years in his most dramatic and memorable roles.