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Mads Mikkelsen (Actor)

By: Anders Frejdh
Mads Mikkelsen Anders Frejdh
Le Chiffre in CASINO ROYALE 2006

I first met Mads Mikkelsen in London in 2007. A lovely man in real life and very much the opposite to Le Chiffre, the role he played in Casino Royale (2006).

The talented Copenhagen-born actor is the top male star in his native Denmark and is acclaimed throughout Scandinavia. As a child he trained as a gymnast and then became a professional dancer before studying drama at the Arhus Theatre School. In Denmark, he became famous overnight, as the star of the police series Unit 1, which won an International Emmy as Best Drama Series.

Among his many and varied film roles, he is best know for his starring role in Susanne Bier’s Open Hearts for which he won a Zulu Award and was nominated for Best Actor for the Danish Academy’s Robert Award and the Danish Film Critics’ Bodil Award in 2003. Other leading roles include I Am Dina opposite Gerard Depardieu, Shake it All About directed by Hella Joof, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself directed by Lone Scherfig and two comedies, Flickering Lights and The Green Butchers, both of which were directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. The latter garnered Mikkelsen a nomination for Robert and Bodil Awards as Best Actor in 2005.

Mikkelsen made his Hollywood debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in King Arthur directed by Antoine Fuqua. As Tristan, he played the understated hawk-loving Knight of the Round Table.

In Adams Apples, again directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, Mikkelsen starred as a delusional priest, a performance which has won him a Best Actor Zulu Award. The film was the Danish selection as Best Foreign Film in the 2006 Academy Awards® and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Mikkelsen recently starred in Susann Bier’s new film After the Wedding and will next be seen in the Swedish thriller Exit directed by Peter Lindmark.

Other actors involved in Casino Royale (2006) featured on FSWL:
>Andreas Daniel (Dealer)
>Caterina Murino (Solange)
>Daniel Craig (James Bond)
>Eva Green (Vesper Lynd)
>Jesper Christensen
>Judi Dench (M)
>Michael G. Wilson (Chief of Police)
>Richard Sammel (Gettler)
>Sébastien Foucan (Mollaka)
>Tom So (Fukutu)

This text was published by Anders Frejdh in September 2007.



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