(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
, 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
, 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.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: A unique variation occurred in Lars Mikkelsen's appearance as Sherlock villain Magnussen; not as big in English-speaking countries as his brother, the more common response to Lars was "Hey, it's Mads Mikkelsen's brother!".
- Knight Fever: He has been knighted in his native Denmark.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Very noticable in the Hannibal Gag Reels.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Contrary to most English-speakers' assumptions, Mads isn't pronounced "Madz". In interviews, he's clarified that the closest pronunciation is either "mess" or "mas" (as in "Thomas").
- Omniglot: Beyond his native language of Danish, he can speak fluent English and Swedish, and at least some French.note
- Not unusual for a Dane, however: Denmark's obscure language and tiny population means children are encouraged to become fluent in multiple languages. Both English and German are taught in elementary school, which is typically followed by French or Spanish in high school.
- 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.’
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As Le Chiffre and as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, but in real life he prefers to wear very comfortable and casual clothing.
- Those Two Actors: With Hugh Dancy. Not only are they real-life friends after working together in King Arthur, but Hugh convinced Mads to audition as Hannibal.
- Villainous Cheek Bones: It's no wonder why he's so believable playing a villainous kind of character.