Nikolaj Coster-Waldau needs no introduction, especially if you were an avid follower of HBO’s highly acclaimed fantasy series, Game of Thrones. The Danish actor who plays Jaime Lannister alongside actors like Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Peter Dinklage on the acclaimed series is well-loved and respected for his acting and screenwriting prowess. He has also acted in many movies and will be recognized in titles such as Nightwatch, Headhunters, A Thousand Time Good Night, and Kingdom of Heaven to name a few.
He isn’t just a sexy face; Nikolaj regularly contributes to humanitarian causes. For example, he has been supporting the Danish Red Cross since 2003 and even supported a campaign themed in Game of Thrones to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. He has been a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador since September 2016, raising public awareness and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN like ending poverty, fighting inequality and climate change.
He and many other Danish artists signed a statement in early 2018 advocating zero acceptance of sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault in Danish film and other creative sectors. As you can see, Nikolaj cares about his career and the rights of people, let us discover more about him below.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Age
Nikolaj was born on the 27th of July, 1970 in Denmark. His father was a librarian who later got a divorce from his mum and struggled with alcohol addiction. He has two elder sisters and he is the last-born of the family. The actor grew up in a small village in Southern Zealand, the largest and most populous island in Denmark.
Due to the divorce, he was raised almost entirely by his mum. He became the youngest actor to enter the School for Theatre and Contemporary Dance, a government-sponsored performing arts school in Denmark, where he studied and trained from 1989 to 1993. He made his stage debut at the Betty Nansen Theatre as Laertes in Hamlet. His role in the Nightwatch movie brought him fame in Denmark. In 1997, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau made his British debut alongside Clive Owen, Jude Law, and Mick Jagger in the 1997 movie, Bent.
He started his U.S. career playing the Medal of Honor recipient, Gary Gordon, in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down in 2001. For those who don’t know, the movie was actually based on a 1999 non-fiction book by journalist Mark Bowden and it was about the 1993 raid in Mogadishu that was carried out by the US to capture rebel leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid. He later acted in the following movies: Enigma, My Name is Modesty, Kingdom of Heaven, Wimbledon, and Firewall. In 2007, in the briefly-lived Fox TV series New Amsterdam, he played John Amsterdam, an immortal New York police detective who becomes human after finding his true love.
What’s His Net Worth?
Nikolaj made the most from the just concluded Game of Thrones series, going from more than $500k to $1 million earned per episode for a series that ran for 8 seasons. He is currently valued at $16 million based on our sources. Despite his success, he keeps a low profile focusing on his duties as UN ambassador and his acting commitments.
Wife and Family of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
If you guessed that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is taken, then you guessed right. In 1997, he got married to Nukâka, a Greenland actress and singer. His spouse is also an ex-Miss Greenland and competed in Miss Universe Pageants in 1990. Her father is a politician serving as a member of parliament in Greenland. The couple has two daughters together, Filippa and Safina, who are more interested in becoming established acts like their father.
Filippa took part in a Danish short movie, The Girl and the Dogs, seen at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. While in December 2018, Safina starred as the main character, Simone, in a Danish Christmas TV series called Theo & Den Magiske Talisman.
Along with two dogs they own, the family resides in Kongens Lyngby.
Height and Body Measurements
The height of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is 6 ft. 2 in. with a bodyweight of 87 kg. He said the ‘pull-up’ is his favorite exercise activity while the ‘burpee’ is his least favorite. He usually works out to fit the character that he is playing so he has a very dynamic style and appearance depending on his roles. With a 43-inch chest size, 16-inch biceps, and 34-inch waist size; coupled with blue eyes and blonde hair, Nikolaj is a dreamy athletic-looking fella.