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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 November 1965Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Birth NameMads Dittman Mikkelsen
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker. Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew to become one of Denmark's biggest movie actors. The success in his home country includes Blinkende lygter (2000), En kort en lang (2001) and the Emmy-winning police series Rejseholdet (2000). His success has taken him abroad where he has played alongside Gérard Depardieu in I Am Dina (2002) as well as in the Spanish comedy Torremolinos 73 (2003) and the American blockbuster King Arthur (2004). He played the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the TV series Hannibal (2013), from 2013 to 2015, with great success.

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Spouse (1)

Hanne Jacobsen (2 December 2000 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays a character with a defective left eye: Ivan in _Adam's Apples (2005)_, Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (2006), One Eye in Valhalla Rising (2009) and Rochefort in The Three Musketeers (2011).
Deep raspy voice

Trivia (26)

Younger brother of actor Lars Mikkelsen.
Two children, Viola and Carl.
Several polls in girl magazines and newspapers have voted him "sexiest man in Denmark".
His favourite movie is Taxi Driver (1976).
The Danish magazine Woman voted him "the sexiest man in the world".
He was a professional dancer for 8 years.
Brother-in-law of actress Anette Støvelbæk.
Mads is pronounced like 'mas' in Christmas. Mikkelsen is 'mikkel' as you would pronounce the metal 'nickel' and 'sen' is pronounced 'zen' - Mickelzen.
Speaks Swedish fluently and has lived in Gothenburg for many years.
Learned Swedish during his 1-year-long dance training in Göteborg because he grew tired of Swedes only smiling and nodding at him when he spoke to them in Danish.
A keen motorcyclist owning a rare 1937 Danish Nimbus.
Mads is a form of Matthew; meaning "Gift of God".
Wasn't a James Bond fan before starring in Casino Royale (2006).
Knighted on April 16th 2010 by Her Majesty Margrethe 2nd, Queen of Denmark.
Plays Le Chiffre, the villain of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, Casino Royale (2006). Fleming's final Bond novel was The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), the villain and title character of which was played by Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee. Mikkelsen and Lee have also both played Count Rochefort in The Three Musketeers (1973)/The Three Musketeers (2011).
Received an award at the Cannes Film Festival from Li Gong. Mikkelsen plays Hannibal Lecter in the NBC series Hannibal (2013), Li played Lady Murasaki (Lecter's aunt and lover) in Hannibal Rising (2007).
The first Danish actor to play Hannibal Lecter. He is also the tallest of the four actors to play Lecter to date.
USA: Playing lead role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC thriller Hannibal (2013), based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. [April 2013]
Shooting the Danish movie Adam's Apples (2005). [August 2004]
Was a guest at Kristian Luuk show Godnatt, Sverige (2005). [May 2005]
Has appeared in three Danish films that were submitted for the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category: Efter brylluppet (2006), A Royal Affair (2012) and Jagten (2012).
He has played the accountant in the music video "Bitch Better Have My Money" from the singer Rihanna.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival in 2016.
One of very few actors to have appeared in a Star Wars film (Rogue One (2016)), a James Bond film (Casino Royale (2006)) and a Marvel Cinematic Universe film (Doctor Strange (2016)). Coincidentally, his character dies in all three films.
Is very good friends with his Hannibal (2013) co-star Hugh Dancy since the movie King Arthur (2004) in which they both starred.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on the fact that he is voted "the sexiest man in Denmark" over and over] I'd rather be voted 'the sexiest man in Denmark' than 'the ugliest man in Denmark'.
I'm a beer man. I tried to drink whiskey and Scotch but I don't get it. It smells like a girl who didn't shower and just splashed a lot of perfume on.
On his 1937 Danish Nimbus motorcycle: It is like something Steve McQueen would ride. I love the freedom and it doesn't go quite as fast as a modern bike, which pleases my wife.
I take my work enormously seriously. When I do something it has to feel right. Everything has to be right. I'm not ambitious about my career, but I am ambitious with each job. I can be fairly annoying to work with. No compromises. Let's put it this way: compromises are from hell.
I ask a million questions, and I insist on having answers. I think that is what we have to do. I have to know what the director wants. Some are very much in their head, and I need to force it out of them. I just can't play around for eight hours and see if something happens.
[on his version of Hannibal Lecter] He loves fine art. He is a three-piece- suit man. He loves classical music. He hates everything that is banal. And he loves the beauty of everything that's refined. He's trying to make friends with people, so I can't play that one card of being evil. It has to be hidden.
I try not to carry any character back home because that would be extremely frustrating for my family. It stays with you, of course, if for 14 hours a day you're being accused of something you haven't done and you can't get your frustration out anywhere. Whereas with a character like Hannibal, he's probably the happiest man I've ever played, even though he's doing horrendous things. He's a happy duckling and life is beautiful.
[on his Hannibal (2013) co-star Hugh Dancy] Hugh has become one of my very, very, very good friends. We knew each other from before, but it's been so intense to spend three seasons together. I was there when he had his first little baby. It's been a fantastic journey. We were just very, very lucky that we ended up with each other. Imagine if we had ended up with someone we didn't like.

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