Nikolaj Lie Kaas

BirthDay:

22 May 1973

BirthPlace:

Rødovre, Denmark

Bio:

"There are those who miss being in-depth with the world," explains Nikolaj Lie Kaas in an interview with Politiken on April 29th 2001, "but for me superficiality means a lot - that's where I get my drive." This is an interesting comment from an actor, whose acting always strikes a deeply personal cord. While other actors strive to close in on life, Kaas - who experienced tragic loss at an early age - seems eager to escape the eye of the storm. It is a disturbing quality that etches his characters in the audience's mind.

Kaas graduated from the National Theater School in Denmark in 1998. He first appeared on screen in Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's film _Drengene Fra Sankt Petri (1991)_ (The Boys from Sct. Petri) in 1991 as Otto, the rebel son of a traitor. The development of the character illustrates the growth of moral resistance into full-fledged violent revolt. This somber and masterfully-acted part earned Kaas two Danish film prizes, a Robert and a Bodil.

Today Kaas imbues his adult characters with the unsentimental innocence and vulnerability of a child and audiences respond intuitively. Jeppe in 'Lars Von Trier''s _Idiots, The (1998)_ takes on true love, only to lose it. The actor received another Bodil for this portrayal. Kaas makes a narrow escape from type-casting by adding original qualities to the individual characters. He has also done self-parody as a happy-go-easy cook, working for a mafia-like boss in the midst of a murderous streak in In China They Eat Dogs (1999) (In China they eat dogs) and as a helpless man in the throes of love in Flickering Lights (2000) (Blinking lights).

After imbuing smaller parts with larger-than-life performances, Kaas landed another main part in _Rigtigt menneske, Et (2001)_ (Truly human, 2001) as Ahmed, the aborted son (!) of a working couple. His would-be little sister is the emotionally neglected Lisa. When she dies, Ahmed comes to life and tries to become a real human being. Kaas delivers another masterful performance in this movie, inspired by the tragic tale of Casper Hauser.
Filmography

Actor ( 68 credits )

Du forsvinder (2017)
A Conspiracy of Faith (2016) Carl Mørck
The Last King (2016)
Bedraget (2016) (1 episode, 2016)
Men & Chicken (2015) Gregor
Child 44 (2015) Ivan Sukov
A Second Chance (2014) Tristan
The Absent One (2014) Carl Mørck
Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013) Carl Mørck
Mad Ship (2013) Tomas
The Shooter (2013) Thomas Borby
Almost Perfect (2012) Gordon Dennis
Beast (2011) Valdemar
A Funny Man (2011) Dirch Passer
Freddy Frogface (2011) Orla Frøsnapper / Tryllekunster / Klovn (voice)
Grantræet (2011) Grantræet (voice)
Varg Veum - Skriften på veggen (2010) Kniven
Parterapi (2010) Anders Agerbo
The Whistleblower (2010) Jan Van Der Velde
Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt (2010)  Himself - Co-host / ... (5 episodes, 2011-2013)
At World's End (2009) Adrian Gabrielsen
Angels & Demons (2009) Assassin
Applause (2009) Skuespiller (uncredited)
Skavlan (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Candidate (2008) Jonas Bechmann
zHit-paraden (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Just Another Love Story (2007) Sebastian
The Killing (2007)  Mathias Borch (10 episodes, 2012)
The Inspector and the Sea (2007)  Aron Bjarke (1 episode, 2008)
Aftenshowet (2007)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 2011-2014)
Pu-239 (2006) Tusk
Clash of Egos (2006) Claus Volter
Meyerheim (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Adam's Apples (2005) Holger
Allegro (2005) Alex in the Zone
Murk (2005) Jacob
The Sun King (2005) Tommy
Brothers (2004) Jannik
The Fairytaler (2004)  Additional Voices / ... (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Planet Voice (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Green Butchers (2003) Bjarne / Eigil
Stealing Rembrandt (2003) Kiosk Karsten
Reconstruction (2003) Alex David
Nærbilleder (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Old Men in New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs II (2002) Martin
Open Hearts (2002) Joachim
aHA! (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Go' aften Danmark (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Jolly Roger (2001) Ærkeenglen Theobalt
Wag the Dogma (2001)
Truly Human (2001) P
The Chosen 7 (2001)  Bjørn Christensen (1 episode, 2001)
Viva (2001)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2001)
Eventyrerne (2001)  Himself
Friends Forever (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Hr. Boe & Co.'s Anxiety (2001) Leo
Flickering Lights (2000) Stefan
Max (2000) Spacy
Unit 1 (2000)  Eik (1 episode, 2002)
In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Martin
Besat (1999) Morten
De ydmygede (1999) Himself / Jeppe
The Idiots (1998) Jeppe
Taxa (1997)  Dan (2 episodes, 1999)
David's Book (1996) Jacob
Min fynske barndom (1994) Carl 3
The Boys from St. Petri (1991) Otto Hvidmann
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself - Actor / ... (1 episode, 2010)

Writer ( 1 credit )

Mr. Poxycat & Co. (2007) (6 episodes, 2007)

Director ( 1 credit )

Mr. Poxycat & Co. (2007) (6 episodes, 2007)