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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Famous For:
Black Hawk Down, Headhunters, Nightwatch
Networth:
$16 Million
Currently Known For:
Game of Thrones
Famous Years:
1993 - Present
Birthdate:
July 27, 1970
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


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  Famous For:
Black Hawk Down, Headhunters, Nightwatch

  Networth:
$16 Million

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People love to root for the heroes and boo the villains no matter the form of entertainment. Then, there’s the type of anti-hero that’s pretty ambiguous with their actions, and these types of characters are quite complex that have their fair share of mixed feelings from fans. One of the best anti-heroes that we’ve seen on television over the past decade is Jaime Lannister, who comes from the “Game of Thrones” series. Since the show’s inception, Lannister has been played by actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who many has felt nailed the role during the series’ run.Advertisements:


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While many of the actors on “Game of Thrones” hail from London, Coster-Waldau actually comes from Denmark, having been born on July 27, 1970 in Rudkobing. Coster-Waldau didn’t grow up in a large city, instead spending much of his childhood in a very small town. Still, Coster-Waldau developed a love for acting and wanted to be a star in the field. He had been training in acting during a young age, and attended acting classes as one of the younger students around. After spending four years in acting classes, Coster-Waldau started to get his first taste in stage acting.

Coster-Waldau had his debut screen role after having been on stage for a couple of years when he starred in a 1993 Danish television film. He continued to appear in television shorts and other small screen films during the 1990s, but then turned his attention to film acting. In 1994, Coster-Waldau made his big screen debut in the Danish film “Nightwatch”. Other 1990s films that Coster-Waldau appeared in also included “Misery Harbour” and “Bent”.

When the 2000s kicked off, Coster-Waldau was ready to make his way to Hollywood to enhance his career. Shortly after arriving in the United States, Coster-Waldau landed a role in the military thriller “Black Hawk Down”. This was soon followed up with roles in “Stealing Rembrandt”, “Wimbledon” and “Firewall”. By the end of the decade, Coster-Waldau had continued to have major film roles in movies such as “At World’s End”. Meanwhile on television, Coster-Waldau landed roles in “new Amsterdam” and “The Left Wing Gang” while also adding several television movies during this time.

Then, in 2011, Coster-Waldau landed the biggest role of his career when he was cast as Jaime Lannister on “Game of Thrones”. The character, who is the twin brother of Cersei, has had a very interesting run on the show to say the least. There have been very many controversial scenes surrounding Coster-Waldau’s character, though he’s been one of the most well known characters of the large cast.

This also makes Lannister among the most popular characters, thanks in large part to his charisma and charm. The man known as the Kingslayer has really stood out with fans, which made Coster-Waldau one of the highest paid actors on television. As the show continued to grow, Coster-Waldau’s salary kept rising to the point where it was into seven figures per episode during the final seasons of the show.

When talking about his morally ambiguous character, Coster-Waldau says that “Jaime, i don’t think he’s really evil. Believe it or not, Jaime does have morals and values. He actually believes in love. If it were just about his own life, he wouldn’t have pushed a kid out a window. I don’t think he enjoys killing people, but he doesn’t shy away from it if it’s necessary.”

Coster-Waldau had been waiting for quite some time before getting his first Emmy Award nomination for “Game of Thrones”, finally getting that nod in 2018 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Though he didn’t win, Coster-Waldau has been nominated for his role in several other shows, including the SAG Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Gold Derby Awards.

After having a lengthy career prior to “Game of Thrones”, Coster-Waldau has continued to be busy, and his starpower has only grown since beginning the show. On the big screen, Coster-Waldau has had films following his TV role such as “The Other Woman”, “A Second Chance” and “Gods of Egypt”. More recently, Coster-Waldau has been in the movies “Shot Caller” and “Small Crimes”. Coming up, he’ll be part of the cast for both “Domino” and “Suicide Tourist”.

As for television, Coster-Waldau hasn’t wandered too far away from “Game of Thrones”, having just one acting role since the show’s beginning with a voice role on the long-running series “The Simpsons”. He did return to the stage in 2019 for the first time in a decade, as well, taking on the lead role in “Macbeth”.

So far, though, Lannister is the most prominent role that Coster-Waldau has had, and certainly the highest paying one. “I don’t know if it’s changed my life, per se - I have the same wife, the same kids, the same house, the same old Skoda,” Coster-Waldau said. “In my line of work, you usually go from job to job to job, but here, we’ve spent nine years together and I think this last year, knowing that it was coming to an end, has been quite extraordinary for all of us.”

He added that “I would like to think that the success or failure of whatever I’m doing is not going to define me as a person. But the people I meet in my life, define me.” When talking about the work that the show’s creators have done, Coster-Waldau said that “They just couldn’t have done a better job...I can tell you that (the cast) have done the best we can.”

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