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Top 10 Facts - Mads Mikkelsen
10.20.2015
Fact #1

Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen (born 22 November 1965) is a Danish actor. Mikkelsen was born in Osterbro, Copenhagen, the second son of Bente Christiansenm a nurse and Henning Mikkelsen, a bank clerk.

Fact #2

In his youth he trained as gymnast, wanting to pursue athletics, but then studied dancing at the Balettakademien (ballet academy) in Gothenburg where he also became fluent in Swedish. During his dancing career, Mikkelsen met and began dating choreographer Hanne Jacobsen, whom he married in 2000.

Fact #3

He made his film debut in Nicolas Winding Refn's internationally successful film Pusher (1996) which would later spawn two sequels, in which he played a drug dealer.

Fact #4

In 1999, Mikkelsen had a leading role as Lenny, a shy film expert who suffers from avoidant personality disorder, opposite Kim Bodnia in Refn's Bleeder (1999). In 2000, Mikkelsen played a gangster opposite Soren Pilmark, Ukrich Thomsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas an Andres Thomas Jensen's Copenhagen gangster movie, Flickering Lights.

Fact #5

In 2002 Mikkelsen had a starring role as a young doctor who falls in love with the girlfriend of one of his patients in Open Hearts which earned him both Robert and Bodil nominations in 2003 for best actor. He also won best actor for this perfomance at the Rouen Nordic Film Festival in 2003.

Fact #6

Mikkelsen starred in NBC's TV series Hannibal (2013-2015) as Dr. Hannibal Lecter opposite King Arthur co-star and friend Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham.

Fact #7

Mikkelsen lived in Copenhagen all his life, until moved to Toronto in 2012 when the filming of Hannibal started. He is often voted the "sexiest man" in Denmark in polls. Mikkelsen is nonreligious.

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