Hannibal (TV), Casino Royale, A Royal Affair
Mads Mikkelsen stars in HANNIBAL as the accomplished psychologist and sociopathic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is based on the character from Thomas Harris' classic novels.
The Copenhagen-born actor began his professional career as a gymnast and dancer, and he has worked steadily in theatre, television and film to become the top male star in Denmark and Scandinavia.
Mikkelsen starred in the Academy Award-nominated film A ROYAL AFFAIR, in the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee, the German physician who became a confidant to the mentally ill King Christian VII and had an affair with his wife, Queen Caroline Mathilde.
Mikkelsen received the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his role in THE HUNT, directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Mikkelsen plays a kindergarten teacher in a small Danish village who is falsely accused of child abuse. Following a premiere at Cannes, the film screened at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released by Magnolia Pictures in Spring 2013.
Mikkelsen also co-stars in THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN in the role of Nigel, a violent crime boss, opposite Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint and Evan Rachel Wood. Directed by Fredrik Bond, the film premiered in January 2013 at Sundance Film Festival and won a Golden Berlin Bear nomination at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.
Mikkelsen made his film debut with a lead performance in director Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 international crime drama success PUSHER, part one of a trilogy. He reprised his role as a low-life pusher/junkie in the much-anticipated sequel, WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS: PUSHER 2. This performance garnered him a Best Actor Robert statue from the Film Academy of Denmark and a Best Actor Bodil Award from Denmark's National Association of Film Critics.
In 2004, Mikkelsen made his American debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in Disney's KING ARTHUR, directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. As Tristan, Mikkelsen played the understated hawk-loving scout among Arthur's Knights of the Round Table.
In 2005, he appeared as a delusional priest in ADAM'S APPLE, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was the Danish selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2006 Academy Awards and his performance garnered him a Best Actor Zulu Award.
In 2006, Mikkelsen starred as the villain, Le Chiffre, in the highest-grossing James Bond film, CASINO ROYALE. Also that year, Mikkelsen played the lead role in the Academy Award-nominated film AFTER THE WEDDING, directed by Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier. He also starred in the Swedish thriller EXIT directed by Peter Lindmark.
In 2008, Mikkelsen starred in director Ole Christian Madsen's Danish drama/action film, FLAME & CITRON. The next year, he was reunited with Danish director Nicolas Winding-Refn for VALHALLA RISING. The story follows a group of Christians who get tragically lost on a journey to Jerusalem, and takes place in 1,000 AD. The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. In 2010, he starred as Draco in the 3D fantasy adventure film CLASH OF THE TITANS, directed by Louis Leterrier.
In 2011, Mikkelsen starred as Rochefort in the 3D adaptation of THE THREE MUSKETEERS for director Paul W.S. Anderson. The film also starred Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich.
Additional film credits include I AM DINA opposite Gerard Depardieu, SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT, FLICKERING LIGHTS, WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF, and THE GREEN BUTCHERS, for which he was nominated for a Bodil Award for Best Actor in 2004.
A graduate of Arhus Theatre School, Mikkelsen has subsequently appeared onstage in several productions, including as Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET, directed by Lars Kaalund. Mikkelsen also starred in the police series UNIT 1, which garnered an International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. Among his many distinguished and varied film roles, Mikkelsen is best known for his starring role in Susanne Bier's OPEN HEARTS for which he was nominated for Best Actor for the Robert (Danish Academy Award) and Bodil (Danish Film Critics' Award) in 2003 and won the Best Actor Zulu Award in 2002.
Hannibal - NBC Series Premiere April 4, 2013
Mads Mikkelsen at the Internet Movie Database