Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 3, 2020

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Profession: Actor, Comedian, Producer, Screenwriter
Best Known For: Game of Thrones
Salary: $1.1 million
Net Worth: $16 million

Personal Details

Born on : July 27, 1970 (age 52)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Nikolaj Coster
Birth Place: Rudkøbing, Denmark
Horoscope: Leo
Father's Name: Hanne Søborg Coster
Mother's Name: Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau
Siblings: 2

Rikke Coster-Waldau (older sister)
Dorte Coster-Waldau (older sister)

University: Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Danish, Swedish)
Nationality: Danish


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Nukâka Coster-Waldau
Children: 2

Filippa Coster-Waldau (daughter)
Safina Coster-Waldau (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.88 meter (6 feet 2 inch)
Weight: 93 kg (205.03 lb)
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: 16 inch
Chest Size: 42 inch
Waist Size: 34 inch

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Who is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is an actor, producer, screenwriter by profession and Danish by nationality. Among all his roles, he is best known for his role in Game of Thrones as Jaime Lannister.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Age, Parents, Siblings

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s birth took place on 27 July 1970 in Rudkøbing, Denmark. He was born to parents Hanne Søborg Coster and a librarian and late Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau. His father struggled with alcohol most of his life and his parents divorced, after which he opted to take his mother’s last name.

Coster-Waldau has two siblings, two older sisters named Rikke Coster-Waldau and Dorte Coster-Waldau. All were raised mainly by their mother in Tybjerg. 

Education, Ethnicity

He was joined Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1989, making him the youngest one to enroll at the school. He graduated from there in 1993. 

His ethnicity is Danish, Swedish.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Daughter

In June 1998, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau married Nukâka Coster-Waldau, a former Miss Greenland, an actress, and a singer. They have two daughters together Filippa Coster-Waldau and Safina Coster-Waldau.

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Nukâka Coster-Waldau’s father is Josef Motzfeldt, member of the Parliament of Greenland and former leader of the Community of the People party.

Like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his wife, both their children have followed on their footsteps. Filippa has starred in 2014’s film The Girl and the Dogs and Safina has starred in Danish Christmas TV-series named Theo og Den Magiske Talisman as Simone.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Career

Before fame

Coster-Waldau started his career in 1993. He had debuted as Laertes in Hamlet at the Betty Nansen Theater. In 1994, he was cast in the film Nightwatch. This role gained him fame in Denmark. 

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This was followed by Nukâka Coster-Waldauin films Misery Harbour (1999), Enigma (2001). In TV series, he has starred in Morgen og aften (1994), Paradis (1997), to name a few.

In 2001, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stared to work in United States film and television. There he portrayed roles in films Black Hawk Down (2001), 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman (2002), Wimbledon (2004), The Headsman (2005), The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008), At World's End (2009), etc.

He also starred in TV series New Amsterdam (2008), The Left Wing Gang (2009-2010).

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Worked in

In 2011, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was cast as Jaime Lannister in HBO hit series Game of Thrones. He portrayed the character from season one till its end in season 8.

Since then he has landed roles in films Oblivion (2013), The Other Woman (2014), Gods of Egypt (2016), Shot Caller (2017), Domino (2019).

Worked with

Coster-Waldau has starred alongside Orlando Bloom, Josh Hartnett, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Dinklage, Ewan McGregor, Olga Kurylenko.

Source: Time Magazine (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey in Game of Thrones)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Awards, Nominations

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been awarded 2018’s Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

He has also had numerous nominations over the years. He was nominated for 1995’s Bodil Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999’s Robert Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role, 2004’s Robert Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role.

With the cast of Game of Thrones, he has been nominated for 2011’s, 2013- 2017’s Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Coster-Waldau is estimated at around $16 million. His salary per episode was $1.1 million.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Instagram and Twitter Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is followed by several hundred thousands of followers. He also has an official website-

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