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photo of Nikolaj Lie KaasNikolaj Lie Kaas is one of the most popular and versatile Danish actors. He made his first film at the age of 18, when he starred in Søren Kragh-Jacobsen’s The Boys from St. Petri (1991). His debut won him both The Danish Critic Association’s Bodil Award, and The Danish Film Academy’s Robert Award.

Lie Kaas graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre in 1998, and later that year he played Jeppe in Lars von Trier’s dogma film The Idiots, which won him another Bodil Award. Since then, audiences have experienced Nikolaj Lie Kaas’ great talent in numerous movies. He was the softest of the tough guys in Anders Thomas Jensen’s success Flickering Lights (2000), while the unique and loveable Achmed in Truly Human (2001) won him another Robert Award. He also won a Robert for his role as the bitter and disillusioned Joachim in Susanne Bier’s Open Hearts (2002).

Lie Kaas played Alex David in Christoffer Boe’s Reconstruction (2003), which won the Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, and later that year he portrayed the very different twins Bjarne and Eigil in the dark comedy The Green Butchers. In 2003, Lie Kaas was named Shooting Star at the Berlin Film Festival.

In Susanne Biers Brothers (2004), Lie Kaas played the deceitful brother Jannik, and the ambitious lawyer Jonas in the thriller The Candidate (2008). Recently, audiences all over the world have experienced Lie Kaas as the Assasin in Ron Howard’s blockbuster Angels & Demons (2009).

Lie Kaas has also impressed audiences and critics in numerous plays. In 1999 he won the esteemed Reumert Talent Award and the Reumert Award for the title role in The Danish Royal Theatre’s production of Peer Gynt in 2002. Alongside Nicolas Bro, Kaas delivered an unforgettable performance in Rosenkrantz og Gyldenstjerne in 2006 – the same year he won the award for Best Actor on Stage. The last time Lie Kaas impressed on stage was in the role of Nick in Virginia Woolf in 2008. Since then, he has been opposite Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower. 

His latest project is the 2011 critically acclaimed DIRCH aka A Funny Man, for which he won both the Bodil and the Robert for his portrayal of Denmark’s most talented comedian Dirch Passer