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.
In the United States, his debut film role was in the war film Black Hawk Down, playing Medal of Honor recipient Gary Gordon. He then played Detective John Amsterdam in the Fox television series New Amsterdam, as well as appearing as Frank Pike in the 2009 Fox television film Virtuality, originally intended as a pilot. His most notable project is his current role as Ser Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones.