Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Biography

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Danish actor, screenwriter, and producer, gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of Ser Jaime Lannister in the popular HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’. With a diverse filmography that includes movies like ‘Nightwatch’, ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’, and ‘Headhunters’, Coster-Waldau has established himself as a versatile talent. Beyond his acting career, he is actively involved in humanitarian causes, serving as a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In his personal life, he is a devoted husband to actress and singer Nukâka and a loving father to their two daughters.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Nikolaj William Coster-Waldau
  • Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Nukaaka Coster-Waldau
    • Father: Fritzer Waldau
    • Mother: Hanne Søborg Coster
    • Siblings: Dorte Coster-Waldau, Rikke Coster-Waldau
    • Children: Philippa Waldau, Safina Waldau
  • Quotes By Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • Actors
  • Height: 6’2″ (188 cm), 6’2″ Males
  • Notable Alumni: Danish National School Of Performing Arts
  • Education: Danish National School Of Performing Arts


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s acting career began when he made his stage debut as Laertes in the play ‘Hamlet’ that was staged at the Betty Nansen Theater. In 1994, he appeared in the Danish flick ‘Nightwatch’. He then went on to act in a number of Danish movies such as ‘Wildside’, ‘The Cable Club’ and ‘Misery Harbour’. In 1997, the actor made his British début in the film ‘Bent’. Four years later, he started his U.S. career with Ridley Scott’s war flick ‘Black Hawk Down’. He next landed roles in the movies ‘Enigma’, ’24 Hours in the Life of a Woman’ and ‘Stealing Rembrandt’. In 2004, Coster-Waldau appeared as a villain in the action movie ‘My Name is Modesty’. The following year, he played “Village Sheriff” in the film ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and also appeared in the flick ‘The Headsman’. He next was cast as Liam in Richard Loncraine’s ‘Firewall’ in 2006. The Danish actor then played the character of a homicide detective John Amsterdam in the Fox TV drama ‘New Amsterdam’. From 2009 to 2010, he appeared in five episodes of ‘The Left Wing Gang’. Then in 2011, he began playing Ser Jaime Lannister in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’. That year, Coster-Waldau also did the films ‘Blackthorn’ and ‘Headhunters’. He next starred in the horror flick ‘Mama’ in 2013; the movie was a big box office hit. The same year, he played Sykes in the science fiction thriller movie ‘Oblivion’ as well as Marcus in the drama ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’. Soon after this, he got featured in the Danish thriller film ‘A Second Chance’ as Andreas in 2014. In 2016, he did the action-fantasy flick ‘Gods of Egypt’. The following year, he starred in the dark comedy ‘Small Crimes’. In 2017, Coster-Waldau appeared in Roman Waugh’s prison movie ‘Shot Caller’.

Personal Life

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was born on 27 July 1970 in Rudkøbing, Denmark to Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau and Hanne Søborg Coster. His parents divorced when he was young and he was raised by his mother. Coster-Waldau has two older sisters. He attended Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance from 1989 to 1993.

In 1998, the actor married Greenlandic actress and singer, Sascha Nukâka Motzfeldt. As of now, the couple has two daughters, Filippa and Safina. Coster-Waldau’s father-in-law is Josef Motzfeldt, a member of the Parliament of Greenland and also the former head of the Community of the People party.

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