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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Playing Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones is what brought Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to the world's attention, but the unbelievably handsome actor had a strong career even before he took on the big role.

Nikolaj first pursued acting by studying at the National Theater School in Denmark from 1989 to 1993. In 1994, he snagged the lead role in Nightwatch, which launched him to fame in Denmark. He continued to work in Europe for many years, until making his US film debut as Gordon in 2001’s Black Hawk Down.

After that, he continued to land steady film and TV work on both sides of the pond, including work in Kingdom of Heaven, Wimbledon, and Firewall. He also had a starring role on short lived Fox drama New Amsterdam.

Game of Thrones has only upped his profile: since landing Jaime, he has also starred in Mama (opposite Jessica Chastain) and Oblivion (with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman). He’s currently filming The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz.

Fun Facts:

1. He has two daughters, Safina and Philippa.

2. His wife, Nukâka Motzfeldt, is a former Miss Greenland.

3. He once accidentally met George Clooney in a bathroom stall.

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