Mads Mikkelsen biography 2022

Actor Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen biography

Mads Mikkelsen born November 22, 1965, Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

Mads Mikkelsen is one of Denmark's most contemporary actors. He was educated at Aarhus Theater School but spent eight years as a professional dancer before becoming a full-time actor.

Mads Mikkelsen made his breakthrough in Nicholas Winding Refn's film 'Pusher' (1996), in which he plays the hard-boiled criminal Tonny.

In 2004 came the sequel 'Pusher 2', with Mads Mikkelsen's character in the lead role. He continued his collaboration with Winding Refn in 'Bleeder' (1999) before playing the mighty Arne in the folk film 'Blinkende lygter' (2001). He then switched to slightly lighter roles, as the dream man in 'Mona's World' (2001) and the somewhat confused gay in 'A Short and a Long (2002).

Mads Mikkelsen has also unfolded his comic talent in black comedy films such as The Green Butchers (2003) and Adam's Apples (2006). In addition, he has established a solid international career. In 2004, he starred in King Arthur, starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley.

In addition, he has the villain role of Le Chiffre in James Bond film no. 21, 'Casino Royale (2006), with Daniel Craig, Eva Green, and his Danish colleague Jesper Christensen. Mads Mikkelsen played the composer Friedkin's Igor Stravinsky in 'Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky,' which premiered in the spring of 2008, and the lead role in another of Winding Refn's films, namely 'Valhalla Rising' in 2009.

In 2010, Mads Mikkelsen was knighted by Dannebrog. Since then, he has followed up with several significant roles in Danish and international films.

last updated September 2022

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