Mads Mikkelsen is a Danish actor. Originally a dancer and gymnast, Mikkelsen has been an actor since 1996.He is most widely known as “Bond baddie” Le Chiffre from 2006’s Casino Royale, and for playing Dr. Hannibal Lecter on television in the NBC horror-thriller series, Hannibal.
As of June 2020, Mads Mikkelsen is reported to be worth $14 million. In this article, we look at his personal life and his career highlights to break down his net worth.
Breakdown of Net Worth and Salary
Mads Mikkelsen had trained to become a professional gymnast, and later a trained dancer. He performed as a professional dancer for a decade before transitioning to acting.
He started training at the Århus Theatre School, Denmark, in 1996 and debuted in the same year as Max in the Danish short movie, Blomsterfangen.
With an innate talent for acting, Mikkelsen, even as a novice, was able to land acclaimed roles like the drug dealer, Tonny, in the Pusher film series.
The next couple of years saw Mikkelsen appear in numerous Danish movies before his first major international role as Tristan in the 2004 historical drama, King Arthur, starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley.
In 2006, Mikkelsen landed his at-the-time biggest role in the 2006 espionage thriller, Casino Royale. Set in Ian Fleming‘s James Bond universe, the movie is the twenty-first — and according to some critics, the best — movie in the franchise.
Mikkelsen played the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the movie, starring opposite Daniel Craig (in his first outing as James Bond), Eva Green, Judi Dench, and Jeffrey Wright.
Mads has received international acclaim with his growing portfolio of blockbuster movie credits like Clash of the Titans (opposite Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton), Doctor Strange (opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel McAdams), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (opposite Felicity Jones and Diego Luna).
Mikkelsen is also a highly-touted actor of such critically acclaimed small-budget arthouse dramas as Prague, The Hunt, and A Royal Affair.
Mikkelsen saw a surge in popularity when he played the lead character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a cannibalistic forensic psychiatrist, in the NBC psychological thriller, Hannibal.
Box Office Earnings
The table below shows the box office earnings of some of the most commercially successful movies of Mikkelsen’s career:
|Movie Title||Budget (In $)||Box Office Earnings (In $)|
|King Arthur (2004)||120 million||203.6 million|
|Casino Royale (2006)||150 million||616.5 million|
|Clash of the Titans (2010)||125 million||493.2 million|
|The Three Musketeers (2011)||75 million||132.2 million|
|Doctor Strange (2016)||165–236.6 million||677.7 million|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)||200-265 million||1.056 billion|
What is Mads Mikkelsen’s Age? Where was He Born?
Mads Mikkelsen was born Mads Dittman Mikkelsen on November 22, 1965, in Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark. The 54-year-old is the younger of two sons born to bank teller Henning Mikkelsen and nurse Bente Christiansen.
His older brother, Lars Mikkelsen — an actor in his own right — is known for playing Viktor Petrov in House of Cards and Stregobor in Netflix’s The Witcher.
Mads was a gymnast and dancer for most of his youth before he trained to become an actor in 1996.
Is Mads Mikkelsen Married? How Many Children Does He Have?
Mads Mikkelsen has been married since 2000 to fellow Danish dancer and dance choreographer, Hanne Jacobsen.
They had known each other since Mikkelsen’s former career as a dancer. They had been dating since 1987 before formally tying the knot on December 2, 2000.
The couple has two children together: daughter Viola (born in 1992), and son Carl (born in 1997).
Mikkelsen and his wife split their time between living in Denmark and the Spanish island of Mallorca.