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Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

 actor.

Life and career


Mikkelsen was born in the Østerbro
Østerbro
Østerbro is one of the 10 official districts of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is located just north of the city centre, outside the old city gate Østerport which, after it was moved around 1700, used to be located close to present-day Østerport Station...

 area of Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, the son of Bente Christiansen and Henning Mikkelsen, a cab driver. He is the brother of actor Lars Mikkelsen
Lars Mikkelsen
Lars Dittman Mikkelsen is a Danish actor who graduated from the National Theatre School of Denmark in 1995. He is the brother of actor Mads Mikkelsen and is married to actor colleague Anette Støvelbæk.- Filmography :...

. After attending Århus Theatre School, he made his film debut in the movie Pusher
Pusher (film)
Pusher is a 1996 Danish crime film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The film was not only a huge success in Denmark, but also in many other European countries. It was the film that launched Winding Refn's career. It became the first of a trilogy...

. He has starred in popular Danish movies such as Flickering Lights
Flickering Lights
Flickering Lights is a 2000 Danish action-comedy directed by Anders Thomas Jensen.-Plot:Four small-time gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they steal over 4,000,000 Danish kroner which they were supposed to bring him...

(Danish: Blinkende Lygter), The Green Butchers
The Green Butchers
The Green Butchers is a 2003 Danish film starring Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Line Kruse, written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. It is a black comedy featuring two butchers, Svend "Sweat" and Bjarne, who start their own shop to get away from their arrogant boss...

(Danish: De Grønne Slagtere), Valhalla Rising
Valhalla Rising (film)
Valhalla Rising is a 2009 English-language film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film takes place in 1000 AD and follows a Norse warrior named One-Eye and a boy named Are as they travel with a band of Christian Crusaders in pursuit of a Crusade. Instead, they find...

, his film debut Pusher
Pusher (film)
Pusher is a 1996 Danish crime film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The film was not only a huge success in Denmark, but also in many other European countries. It was the film that launched Winding Refn's career. It became the first of a trilogy...

,
and Pusher II. Arguably, Mikkelsen's most famous role was as a policeman in the Danish television series Unit One
Rejseholdet
Rejseholdet is a Danish television crime series starring Charlotte Fich, Mads Mikkelsen and Lars Brygmann. Produced by Danmarks Radio , the program aired 32 episodes spanning four seasons from 2000 to 2004...

(Danish: Rejseholdet). He also starred as Tristram
Tristram
Tristram may refer to:* Tristan, protagonist of a love story in the Matter of Britain* Henry Baker Tristram , English clergyman and ornithologist* Village Tristram in the books and games of the Diablo series* Tristram's Woodpecker, a bird...

 in the Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerome Leon "Jerry" Bruckheimer is an American film and television producer. He has achieved great success in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. His best known television series are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Eleventh Hour, Without a Trace, Cold Case, The...

 production of King Arthur
King Arthur (film)
King Arthur is a 2004 film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as Guinevere....

, as well as playing the villain Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel Casino Royale. On screen Le Chiffre has been portrayed by Peter Lorre in the 1954 television adaptation of the novel for CBS's Climax! television series, by Orson Welles in the 1967 spoof of the novel and...

 in the 2006 James Bond
James Bond
James Bond, code name 007, is a fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short story collections. There have been a six other authors who wrote authorised Bond novels or novelizations after Fleming's death in 1964: Kingsley Amis,...

 film, Casino Royale
Casino Royale (2006 film)
Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as fictional MI6 agent James Bond...

. Also in 2006 he took the lead role in the Oscar nominated After the Wedding
After the Wedding
After the Wedding is a 2006 Danish drama directed by Susanne Bier, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Sidse Babett Knudsen. The film was a critical and popular success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost out to The Lives of Others.In 2009 it was announced that...

.

In 2008, when the Quantum of Solace video game
Quantum of Solace (video game)
007: Quantum of Solace is a first-person shooter video game based on the films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360...

 was released, Mikkelsen reprised Le Chiffre, voicing the character throughout. Also in 2008, Mikkelsen, along with fellow James Bond villain Richard Kiel
Richard Kiel
Richard Dawson Kiel is an American actor best known for his role as the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker as well as the video game Everything or Nothing, and Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore...

, was invited by Swiss watchmaker Swatch
Swatch
Swatch is a brand name for a line of wrist watches from the Swatch Group, a Swiss conglomerate with vertical control of the production of Swiss watches and related products...

 to Bregenz, Austria to present the Swatch 007 Villain Collection.

Mikkelsen had a large supporting role in the 2010 remake of the film Clash Of The Titans
Clash of the Titans (2010 film)
Clash of the Titans is a 2010 fantasy and action remake of the 1981 film of the same name . The story is very loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. Directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Sam Worthington, the film was originally set for standard release on March 26, 2010...

, starring as Draco, the leader of the king's guard. Mikkelsen will co-star alongside Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel is an American actor. Some of his most notable starring roles were in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma and Louise, Ettore Scola's That Night in Varennes, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Jane Campion's The...

 and Roy Dupuis
Roy Dupuis
Roy Dupuis is a Canadian actor best known for his role as counterterrorism operative Michael Samuelle in the television series La Femme Nikita...

 in the Rue Morgue Cinema horror western Cut Throats Nine.

Mads Mikkelsen serves as Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees United
Refugees United
Refugees United is an independent, international non-governmental organization . It is registered as a 501 non-profit organization in the United States. Refugees United aims to assist refugees with an anonymous and safe internet search engine to find and reconnect with missing family members...

.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1996 Café Hector Anders
Blomsterfangen Max
Pusher
Pusher (film)
Pusher is a 1996 Danish crime film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The film was not only a huge success in Denmark, but also in many other European countries. It was the film that launched Winding Refn's career. It became the first of a trilogy...

Tonny
1998 Vildspor Jimmy
Nattens engel Ronnie
1999 Tom Merritt
Tom Merritt
Thomas Andrew "Tom" Merritt is a technology journalist and broadcaster who hosts a daily show on Leo Laporte's TWiT.tv Netcast Network Tech News Today...

Tom Merritt
Bleeder Lenny
2000 Blinkende lygter Arne
2001 Monas verden
Monas verden
Monas verden is a Danish film from 2001, directed by Jonas Elmer.The actors could work relatively freely of a script by Nikolaj Peyk. The story was first created by Jonas Elmer with Sidse Babet Knudsen, and given to the actors...

Casper
En kort en lang Jacob
2002 I Am Dina
I Am Dina
I Am Dina is a 2002 Swedish-Norwegian-Danish film directed by Ole Bornedal. It is based on the 1989 book Dinas bok by Herbjørg Wassmo. The movie was one of the most high-profile in Norwegian movie history.-Plot:...

Niels
Bertelsen - de uaktuelle nyheder Allan Fischer 1 Episode
Elsker dig for evigt Niels
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself is a Danish-Scottish film from 2002. Harbour and his suicidal brother inherit their father's second hand bookstore in their native Glasgow. Their lives become entangled with Alice and her daughter Mary after the two visit the shop...

Horst
2003 Nu (film) Jakob (Young)
Dykkerdrengen Far
De Grønne Slagtere
The Green Butchers
The Green Butchers is a 2003 Danish film starring Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Line Kruse, written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. It is a black comedy featuring two butchers, Svend "Sweat" and Bjarne, who start their own shop to get away from their arrogant boss...

Svend
Torremolinos 73
Torremolinos 73
Torremolinos 73 is a 2003 Spanish/Danish comedy film directed by Pablo Berger.-Plot:The protagonist, Alfredo López, is an exasperated encyclopedia salesman for the Montoya Publishing House and lives with his faithful wife Carmen in 1973 Spain...

Magnus
2000–2004 Rejseholdet
Rejseholdet
Rejseholdet is a Danish television crime series starring Charlotte Fich, Mads Mikkelsen and Lars Brygmann. Produced by Danmarks Radio , the program aired 32 episodes spanning four seasons from 2000 to 2004...

Allan Fischer 32 Episodes
2004 King Arthur
King Arthur (film)
King Arthur is a 2004 film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as Guinevere....

Tristan
Tristan
Tristan is one of the main characters of the Tristan and Iseult story, a Cornish hero and one of the Knights of the Round Table featuring in the Matter of Britain...

Pusher II
Pusher II
Pusher II is a 2004 Danish crime film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The film is the second film in the Pusher trilogy, portraying the lives of criminals in Copenhagen.-Plot:...

Tonny
2005 Adams æbler Ivan
2005 Julie Julie's Dad 4 Episodes
2006 Efter brylluppet Jacob Pederson
Prag Christoffer
Exit Thomas Skepphult
Casino Royale
Casino Royale (2006 film)
Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as fictional MI6 agent James Bond...

Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel Casino Royale. On screen Le Chiffre has been portrayed by Peter Lorre in the 1954 television adaptation of the novel for CBS's Climax! television series, by Orson Welles in the 1967 spoof of the novel and...

2008 Flammen & Citronen
Flame & Citron
Flame & Citron is a 2008 Danish drama/action co-written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The film, a fictionalized account based on fact, is about two Danish resistance movement fighters during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.- Plot :...

Citronen
Quantum of Solace (video game)
Quantum of Solace (video game)
007: Quantum of Solace is a first-person shooter video game based on the films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360...

Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel Casino Royale. On screen Le Chiffre has been portrayed by Peter Lorre in the 1954 television adaptation of the novel for CBS's Climax! television series, by Orson Welles in the 1967 spoof of the novel and...

Video game
2009 Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is a 2009 French film directed by Jan Kounen. It was chosen as the Closing Film of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was shown on 24 May 2009....

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky ; 6 April 1971) was a Russian, later naturalized French, and then naturalized American composer, pianist, and conductor....

Valhalla Rising
Valhalla Rising (film)
Valhalla Rising is a 2009 English-language film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Mads Mikkelsen. The film takes place in 1000 AD and follows a Norse warrior named One-Eye and a boy named Are as they travel with a band of Christian Crusaders in pursuit of a Crusade. Instead, they find...

One-Eye
Die Tür David
2010 Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans (2010 film)
Clash of the Titans is a 2010 fantasy and action remake of the 1981 film of the same name . The story is very loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. Directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Sam Worthington, the film was originally set for standard release on March 26, 2010...

Draco
I sandhedens tjeneste Henrik Qvortrup Pre-Production
Clean Out Stan In Production
2011 The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers (2011 film)
The Three Musketeers is a 2011 3D action-adventure film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson which is a reinterpretation of the novel of the same title by Alexandre Dumas, the film was released in Germany, Austria, France & Switzerland on September 1, 2011, and in the U.S...

Rochefort
Comte de Rochefort
The Comte de Rochefort is a secondary fictional character in Alexandre Dumas' d'Artagnan Romances. He is described as "around forty or forty-five, fair with a scar across his cheek".-In "The Three Musketeers":...


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