Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. Coster-Waldau’s breakthrough performance in Denmark was his role in the film Nightwatch. Since then he has appeared in numerous films in his native Scandinavia and Europe in general, including Headhunters and A Thousand Times Good Night. He became widely known for his role as Jaime Lannister in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2018.

Birth Name

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau




Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was born on the July 27, 1970 in Rudkøbing, Denmark.


He is currently 48 years old.

Sun Sign






He has German ancestry on his father’s side.




Nikolaj attended Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was educated from 1989 to 1993.

Family Details

  • Father – Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau (Worked in Greenland)
  • Mother – Hanne Søborg Coster (Librarian)
  • Siblings – Dorte Coster-Waldau (Older Sister), Rikke Coster-Waldau (Older Sister)

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has dated –


  • Sascha Nukâka Motzfeldt (1998) – In 1998, Nikolaj married Greenlandic actress and singer, Nukâka. He has two daughters, named, Filippa (b. October 2000) and Safina (b. November 2003).

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 6 feet 2 inches
  • In centimeters – 188 cm
  • In meters – 1.88 m


  • In Kilograms – 87 kg
  • In Pounds – 192 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 43-16-34
  • Chest – 43 in or 109 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 16 in or 41 cm
  • Waist – 34 in or 86 cm

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color




Professional Statistics

Famous For

Playing the main role as Jaime Lannister / The Kingslayer in the HBO’s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. He has been nominated for several awards.

Debut Film

Nikolaj appeared in 1994 thriller film Nightwatch for his role as Martin Bork.

Television Debut

In 2000, Nikolaj appeared in 2 episodes of Channel 4’s series Lock, Stock… for his role as Jordi.

Brand Endorsements

He has appeared in commercials for Reinert (in 1998), 6 Om Dagen, etc.

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1994 Bodil Awards Best Actor Nightwatch Nominated
1999 Robert Awards Best Actor Wildside Nominated
2003 The Bouncer Nominated
2011 Scream Award Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 People’s Choice Awards Favorite TV Anti-Hero Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Supporting Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Empire Awards Empire Hero Award Won
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 Zulu Award Best Actor Nominated
Nordisk Film Fond Ove Sprogøe Award Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Best Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
2018 44th Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series Nominated
70th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

Jason Momoa Favorites

  • Favorite Jeans – Levi’s
  • Favorite Cheat Food – Chocolate
  • Favorite Workout Move – Pull-Ups
  • Favorite Clothing Item – Skiing trousers
  • Favorite Films – Birdman (2014), Last Tango in Paris (1972), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Force Majeure (2014), Play It Again, Sam (1972).

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Net worth

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau net worth is estimated to be $14 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

  • His dad was an alcoholic and died in 1998. Due to his dad’s alcohol problem, his parents divorced.
  • Nikolaj was raised primarily by his mother in a village named Tybjerg (had 40 people in the complete village) in southern Zealand.
  • When he was a small child, Nikolaj decided that he would either become a footballer or an actor.
  • He has two dogs.
  • He is good friends with Danish painter Thomas Kluge.
  • As of March 2013, he drives a Skoda car.
  • He really enjoys watching the shows of American-Mexican comedian, Louis CK.
  • He is a fan of storytelling.
  • In 2011, he also starred alongside Sam Shepard in Mateo Gil’s feature Blackthorn, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • In 2014, he starred in Susanne Bier’s Danish thriller A Second Chance as Andreas, a police officer forced to make a difficult choice.
  • In May 2017, it was announced that he is attached to star in Domino, a film directed by Brian De Palma.
  • In October 2017 he traveled to Maldives to report the global warming effects resuming his role as a United Nations Development Program Goodwill Ambassador.
  • In January 2018 he has been the L’Oréal Paris global spokesperson for the company’s Men Expert line of products.


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