The HBO adaption of George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, Game of Thrones is garnering a strong following. The show is based mainly on Martin’s first book in the series, the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire and follows the struggles between the noble houses of Westeros for the Iron Throne and supremacy over the kingdom. Summers span decades and winters can last even longer in Westeros. A wall to the North is the only thing protecting the kingdom from the unknown dark forces that lie beyond.
Jaime Lannister is part of the powerful Lannister family. He is the oldest son and has a twin sister, Cersei (Lena Headey) and a younger dwarf brother, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). He was the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and killed the Mad King which went against his oath to protect the royal family. He has an incestuous relationship with Cersei and fathered all three of her children.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is the 41-year-old Danish actor who portrays Jaime Lannister, started his career appearing mainly in movies and TV shows in his native Denmark. He was first introduced to an American audience in the short-lived Fox series, New Amsterdam where he played John Amsterdam/John York, a centuries-old New York homicide detective cursed with immortality.
Before landing on the Game of Thrones, he appeared in Ridley Scott’s 2001 film, Black Hawk Down; 2004 Wimbledon and 2005 Kingdom of Heaven.
In a March interview with Esquire, the actor talks about his experience shooting a fantasy series like Game of Thrones.
“Oh, fantastic. I was nervous when I saw it. I was with my best friend from England and he hadn’t read the script. He was like, ‘This is so wrong. This is just wrong. You can’t show your wife this last scene, its just wrong. Your character is screwing your sister. That’s weird man.’ I said, ‘I know, I know.’ He said, ‘Why’d you do that?’ I said, ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time.'”