Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a Danish screenwriter, producer, and actor best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones – a show which is regularly referred to as one of the greatest television shows of all time. Nikolaj’s performance as Jaime Lannister was very well received and applauded leading to him winning several awards for his portrayal.
Over the years he has won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film, a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Anti-Hero, a Gold Derby TV Award for Best Drama Supporting Actor, a Zulu Award for Best Actor and a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television.
In 1993, Nikolaj graduated from the Danish National School of Theatre in Copenhagen. His breakthrough role came a year later when he took the role of Martin Bork in the 1994 film Nightwatch. Since then, his résumé has expanded and he has gone on to appear in several movies including A Thousand Times Good Night, The Other Woman and Headhunters.
The actor’s first American movie role was in 2001 when he starred as Gary Gordon in Academy Award-winning film – Black Hawk Down. He also starred as the lead character in New Amsterdam, a 2008 FOX network television show. The Dutch actor then played Commander Frank Pike on the 2009 film Virtuality. However, despite leading several of these projects, he didn’t become a household name till he landed his role on Game Of Thrones.
In 2017, he signed on to narrate one of the fairytales, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, for a celebrity storytelling app, GivingTales. He has stated that he was extremely proud to do the project since the author of The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a huge part of his country’s culture.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is also a fan of Leeds United, an English football club.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Bio and Age
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was born on the 27th of July, 1970 in Rudkøbing, Denmark. Though born in Rudkøbing, he grew up in Tybjerg. His mother, Hanne Søborg Coster, was a librarian and his father (who passed away in 1998) was Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau.
The actor has two older sisters and was raised mostly by his mother since the divorce of his parents. Nikolaj has been open about his father’s alcoholism and his parents’ divorce in many of his interviews.
He attended the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance from 1989 to 1993. He was also the youngest actor to be admitted to the school.
His Family, Wife, and Kids
In 1998, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau got married to Nukâka, an actress, and singer from Greenland. His wife was also a former Miss Greenland and she competed in the 1990 Miss Universe Pageant. The couple currently live with their two children in Kongens Lyngby.
Nikolaj and Nukâka have two daughters together, Filippa who was born in 2000 and Safina born in 2003. They also have two dogs. Their daughter, Filippa, is an aspiring actress who starred in the short film, The Girl and the Dogs. The movie was shown in 2014’s Cannes Film Festival.
Nikolaj’s father-in-law is Josef Motzfeldt, former leader of the Community of the People party and member of the Parliament of Greenland.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Height and Body Stats
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s height is listed at 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) and he weighs 87 kg (192 pounds) – which is ideal for his height. His other body stats are Chest – 43 inches (109 cm), Arms / Biceps – 16 in (41 cm) and Waist – 34 in (86 cm).
It is understandable that the actor is in shape since his role in Game Of Thrones can be physically demanding. As a result, he follows a healthy diet but not a strict workout routine. For clarification purposes, the actor does work out frequently but he does not follow a fixed routine since he gets very bored quite easily. The actor has stated that his favorite exercise is the ‘pull up’, while his least favorite is the ‘burpee’.
Nikolaj is also known to bulk up for certain roles that require it, like his role in Shot Caller. From his physique, one can easily tell that he puts in a lot of effort to look as good as he does. Presently, his current diet plan remains unknown to the public.