Mads Mikkelsen (born 1965) is an actor from Denmark, and quite popular back in his home country, having been voted Denmark's sexiest man multiple times. Before he became an actor, he was a trained gymnast and later a professional dancer, having done the latter for almost a decade. He turned to acting when he wanted to pursue the more dramatic side of expression.He made his film debut in Nicolas Winding Refn's directorial debut in the Danish crime drama Pusher, and later reprised his role in Pusher 2. His role as Cowboy Cop DI Alan Fischer on the Danish Cop Show, Rejseholdet, significantly raised his star in Denmark. His first Hollywood debut was as Tristan in the 2004 movie King Arthur, but internationally he's probably more well known for his role as the villain Le Chiffre from the 2006 adaptation of Casino Royale (2006), and his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the TV Show of the same name. Outside of Denmark, or rather in Hollywood, he also more well known for playing villainous or very anti-heroic characters, but in most of his other films he's played a variety of other characters, from cheerful, low-level gangsters to harrassed, mournful everymen.Contrary to most English-speakers' assumptions, Mads isn't pronounced "Madz", as the d in his name is soft. In interviews, he's clarified that the closest pronunciation is either "mess" or "mas" (as in "Thomas").
- Pusher (1996)
- Rejseholdet (2000 - 2004)
- King Arthur (2004)
- Pusher 2 (2004)
- Adam's Apples (2005)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Valhalla Rising (2009)
- Clash of the Titans (2010)
- The Hunt (2012)
- Hannibal (2013-2015)
- The Salvation (2014)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Tropes appearing on his works:
- Badass Beard: In Clash of the Titans (2010), Michael Kohlhaas and Valhalla Rising.
- Carpet of Virility: Has a hairy upper body that has been put to show on several works.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Very noticeable in the Hannibal Gag Reels and the "behind the scenes" interviews around it. Also apparent in that, after the cancellation of Hannibal, he even made a thank you video to the fandom for their enthusiasm and support.
- Omniglot: Beyond his native language of Danish, he can speak fluent Swedish, and at least some French.note In an interview for Hannibal, Mikkelsen said he's not quite as fluent in English as he appears to be, and sometimes has to look up certain words from the scripts in a dictionary. Though this might have as much to do with the show's Purple Prose as anything else.
- Plays Great Ethnics: As Humon pointed out, "In English speaking movies he is either an insane badass, or a human butcher who just likes to nom rude people. In Denmark he plays everything from insane badass, to cute confused bi guy, to priest, to human butcher who sells human meat in his shop."
- Production Posse: With Nicolas Winding Refn and Anders Thomas Jensen.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As Le Chiffre and as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, but in real life he prefers to wear very comfortable and casual clothing.
- Villainous Cheek Bones: It's no wonder why he's so believable playing a villainous kind of character.