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Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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If you're one of the few people left in this world who still doesn't watch Game of Thrones, this list may be your final incentive to pick up an HBO subscription. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one of the many break-out stars of the hit fantasy drama. And if you feel like there's too many characters or actors to keep up with on this show, Coster-Waldau is the one you should prioritize. Although already a famous face in his native country, Denmark, Coster-Waldau is just starting to get some major Hollywood spotlights shone on him in recent years. With his stand-out role as bad boy/good boy Jaime Lannister, Coster-Waldau is gearing up to be Hollywood's next European boyfriend. 

There's a lot to to learn about the 45-year-old actor. Coster-Waldau's stories from his life in Denmark, quotes about his family, Game of Thrones anecdotes, and on-set sex secrets are more than enough to turn even the most resistant into a Game of Thrones binge -watcher. For your convenience, and to fuel our shameless GoT obsession, we've gathered all the greatest and most interesting facts and trivia to outline Coster-Waldau's road to Hollywood history. Get to know who Nikolaj Coster-Waldau really is and give yourself that final incentive to travel to Westeros. Here are 20 interesting facts you may not know about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. 
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    His British Accent Is Fake

    Although Coster-Waldau sports a British accent for his character on Game of Thrones, he isn't a Brit himself. Coster-Waldau actually grew up Denmark and is of Danish origin. British accents can be difficult for actors, but Nikolaj pulls it off well. Living in London and intensive theater training has left Nikolaj with the necessary talent to pull it off.
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    He's Terrified of Horror Films

    He's Terrified of Horror F is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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    Despite starring along Jessica Chastain in Mama, Coster-Waldau isn't too fond of horror movies himself. In fact, he revealed that he's too much of a scaredy cat to make it through an entire one. I wonder how that went over at the premiere of his own film?
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    There Was One GoT Death That Shocked Him the Most

    There Was One GoT Death That S is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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    Dishing what he could about Game of Thrones, Coster-Waldau admitted that there was one GoT death that particularly shook him the most. He revealed: "Shireen, the little princess that was burn in season five. I thought that was horrible. There's a lot of horrible things that happen in the show, but that moment was gut-wrenching."

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    He Grew Up in a Really Tiny Village

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    Denmark is a lot smaller than the US. But when Coster-Waldau says he grew up in a tiny village, he isn't joking around. In a Q&A, Coster-Waldau discussed living in Tybjerg in Denmark, a village of only 40 people. The actor grew up with his two sisters and mother. But Coster-Waldau eventually made his way to much bigger and brighter cities.
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