Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a Danish actor, producer, and screenwriter best known as Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones . He played Detective John Amsterdam on the short-lived Fox television series New Amsterdam, as well as appearing as Sykes in the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Oblivion.
In 2001, he began his U.S. career in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down as Medal of Honor recipient Gary Gordon. Scott brought Coster-Waldau back for his 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven. Richard Loncraine, who cast Nikolaj in Wimbledon in 2004, cast him in Firewall in 2006. He later played John Amsterdam, an immortal New York homicide detective who will become mortal after he finds his true love, in the short-lived Fox TV drama series New Amsterdam.
Since April 2011, Coster-Waldau has played Jaime Lannister on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novel series. Coster-Waldau then starred in 2013 horror film Mama alongside Jessica Chastain. He went on to play Sykes, a military weapons expert in the science fiction action thriller film Oblivion.