Monday, May 23, 2011

Male on Monday: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

PHS editor and Harlequin Historical Michelle Styles explains part of the enjoyment of Game of Thrones -- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

 Every so often a tv series comes along which yields a wealth of possibilities for eye-candy. Hornblower and Sharpe spring to mind and currently showing on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK is Game of Thrones . From an aging  Sean Bean to relative newcomers like Kit Harington and Richard Madden, there is a feast for the eyes.

However the golden boy who commands the screen when he appears  is the man who plays Ser Jamie Lannister -- Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Born 27 July 1970, Coster-Waldau has appeared in a number of Danish as well as English language films including Black Hawk Down, Engima and Wimbledon . He is married to a former Miss Greenland and has two daughters.

When he is on the screen, your eyes are naturally drawn to him. His current character is a bit flawed but underneath is exhibits a code of honour -- family above everything.  It would be easy to play this character as camp but Coster-Waldau makes him understandable. (My daughter who has read the books assures me that Ser Jamie becomes more likeable as time goes on)  There is a certain quiet intensity about him. And if you are looking for someone who can play a flawed hero and make you believe in his code of honour, look no further.

Michelle Styles writes historical romance for Harlequin Historical in a wdie variety of time periods: Roman, Viking and Regency/early Victorian. Her next release is an early Victorian To Marry a Matchmaker (Mills and Boon Historical July 2011).


  1. A BIT flawed!!! I've watched the first six episodes of Game of Thrones and so far Jamie Lannister's been more than a bit flawed IMHO. Don't want to give away any plot points but he's committed several fairly heinous crimes. That said, you're right he's very easy on the eye Michelle, and now I'm intrigued to know how he's going to redeem himself.

  2. I can hear you spluttering from here,Heidi. The books explain it better and apparently by the time you are in book 3, he gets much more sympathetic. My daughter who has read the first four (fifth out in July) told me. I am only half way through book 2.
    Unfortunately the tv series has not really explained why he slayed the Mad King and how he knew his father was about to be next and what his own fate was going to be.
    The whole concept of loyalty is played with.
    My current fave character (perhaps because he currently straight forward) is Jon Snow. I suspect his parentage is different than he thinks...I can't wait to see how Kit Harington grows with the character.

  3. Oooh yes, Jon Snow is delicious and so ridiculously cute and noble. I so want to see the rest of this series... But we don't get Sky Atlantic so am going to have to wait for my husband to finagle the rest of the episodes out of someone at work. And I don;t think he's as incentivised as I am!!