Ten fun facts about Mads Mikkelsen


Fact 1
He was originally a gymnast and dancer.

Fact 2
He is best known worldwide for playing the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the twenty-first James Bond film, Casino Royale (2006).

Fact 3
He began his career as an actor in 1996.

Fact 4
He rose to fame in Denmark as Tonny the drug dealer in the first two films of the Pusher film trilogy.

Fact 5
His longest-running role at present was a brash yet sensitive policeman in Peter Thorsboe's Danish television series Rejseholdet (Unit One) (2000–2003).

Fact 6
In 2012, he was awarded the Danish American Society's Person of the Year.

Fact 7
He currently stars in the 2013 TV series Hannibal as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Fact 8
He was a professional dancer for almost a decade until he left it behind to study drama at the Århus Theatre School in 1996, to embark on a career in acting.

Fact 9
Mikkelsen became more widely known internationally for his role as Tristan in Jerry Bruckheimer's production King Arthur (2004).

Fact 10
He has since become known for his roles as Igor Stravinsky in Jan Kounen's French film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2008) and his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award-winning role as Lucas in the 2012 Danish film The Hunt.


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