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How Much Is Game Of Thrones Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Net Worth?

Famed for portraying the role of Jaime Lannister in the world-famous HBO series Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a Danish actor, screenwriter, and producer. Professional since 1993, Coster-Waldau has appeared in several movies and TV shows accumulating massive fame and fortune.

Currently, Nikolaj has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Having appeared in movies like Black Hawk Down and Nightwatch, the Danish actor gained wide recognization after appearing in Game of Thrones.

Moreover, he got the nomination for Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2018.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Net Worth: Income Source & Earnings

Professional for over 25 years, the Danish actor made his acting debut through Hamlet in Betty Nansen Theater. Coster-Waldau then made his film debut in the Danish film Nightwatch (1994).

After, moving to the US, he made his film debut in the US through Black Hawk Down in 2001. Till date, Nikolaj has appeared in numerous TV series and movies, the most successful achievement being the HBO drama series Game of Thrones.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau owns the net worth of $16 million as of April 2019.

Back in 2014, online sources estimated that Nikolaj had a fortune of $6 million, the sudden rise in bank balance is undoubtedly credited to Game of Thrones.

Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, famed for Game of Thrones owns $16 million net worth
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, famed for Game of Thrones owns $16 million net worth

Also, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau earns massive sum from his movie appearances, estimated to be hundreds of thousand dollars per movie. The average salary of an actor in the United States is around $50,000.

His 2013 movie Mama alongside Jessica Chastain made a gross collection of $146.4 million.

Movie Box Office Collection & TV Series

FilmRoleBudgetGross Collection
Black Hawk Down (2001)Gary Gordon$92 million$173 million
Wimbledon (2004)Dieter Prohl$31 million$41.5 million
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)Village Sheriff$130 million$211.7 million
Firewall (2006)Liam$50 million$82.8 million
Oblivion (2013)Sykes$160 million$286.2 million
Mama (2013)Lucas / Jeffrey Desange$15 million$146.4 million
The Other Woman (2014)Mark King$40 million$196.7 million
Gods of Egypt (2016)Horus$140 million$150 million

Besides movies, Nikolaj also appeared in TV series such as:

  1. New Amsterdam (2008)
  2. The Left Wing Gang (2009-2010)
  3. The Simpsons (2017)

Well, he has won 2015 Empire Awards and was nominated in the 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Game of Thrones.

Salary From Game of Thrones

Since the series Game of Thrones aired in 2011, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been portraying the role of Jaime Lannister in the HBO series.

Well, the show as of April 2019 is in its 8th Season (or the last season) that has earned him massive million dollars fortune.

As reported, Nikolaj earns the salary of $1.1 million per episode of GOT, equivalent to his co-stars Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, and Lena Headey

Nikolaj portarying the role of Jaime Lannister
Nikolaj portarying the role of Jaime Lannister

Since the Season 8 of Game of Thrones has 6 episodes, Coster-Waldau famous as Jaime Lannister is likely to earn $6.6 million in the season.

In 2011, during the pilot season (Season 1) of the show, he reportedly made $150,000 per episode. Later, the actor negotiated for $300,000 before the pay rise increased to $500,000 per episode in Season 7.

Well, the other GOT stars like Maisie Williams, and Sophie Turner, each earn $175,000 per episode.

Did you know? In an interview with Digital Spy in 2019, Nikolaj revealed that he was nearly sued by HBO during his early Season in GOT, as he played a prank, pretending to have his hair shaved.

Endorsement & Instagram Earnings

With massive fame, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau probably has become a magnet to endorsements and sponsorships. However, the details on his earnings and contract are yet to be out, but surely, he could command massive thousands or even hundreds of thousand dollars for endorsement and commercials.

Back in January 2018, Waldau aka Jaime Lannister of GOT was named the global brand ambassador LOréal Paris Men Expert.

Besides this, as per Influencer Marketing Hub, Nikolaj can sum up to $4,440 - $7,400 per sponsored via his Instagram. Meanwhile, the Danish actor has over 2.2 million followers on Instagram.

Asset, Lifestyle & Expenses

As the owner of a massive million dollars fortune, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau lives a lavish lifestyle and has a whopping asset collection. He shares a house in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark with his wife and 2 children.

Well, the purchase detail on his house is not out but is estimated to be worth 7-digit figure.

Also, the Game of Thrones star owns a collection of luxury cars including a Skoda Superb, Aston Martin DB9 (can cost  $105,969 to $134,341) and AUDI F103.

Waldau with his old school Audi F103
Waldau with his old school Audi F103

Besides spending on property and daily life luxury, Nikolaj also makes huge expenses on designer suits, travels, and raising his children.

Tax & Insurance

Even though, the details on Coster-Waldau’s taxes are not out, his fate as a millionaire probably leads to gigantic tax policy.

His Denmark house takes 1.6%- 3.4% of the house’s basic value as property tax, accompanied by the house insurance premium. Roughly, the cost of house insurance in Denmark ranges from $576 to $791.

In addition to that, the actor also has to encounter the payments on income taxes.

Since Denmark is one of the countries with high tax rates, the Danish people have to pay 44-55% of the income as income tax. So, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is not much far from this fate as well.

Charity & Philanthropic Works

Alike his acting, Nikolaj is also very much active in charity and philanthropic works. In 2016, he was appointed a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador in order to raise awareness for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Also, since 2003, Waldau is an active supporter of the Danish Red Cross.

Reportedly in June 2018, the Danish actor launched The Lion's Share fund program that asks an advertiser using an animal image in the campaign to donate 0.5% of their fund to the charitable organization.

Some of his other philanthropic involvement includes:

  1. Speakers in The Spotlight Initiative, a European Union-United Nations action to eliminate violence against women
  2. Signed a manifesto demanding zero tolerance for sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the Danish film in early 2018
  3. Partnered with Google, using Street View to document the impact of global warming in 2017

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Personal Life: Age, Family, Education & Married Life

Born on July 27, 1970, in Rudkøbing, Denmark, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has Danish nationality and is of white ethnicity. His mother Hanne Søborg Coster was a librarian while his father's name was Jørgen Oscar Fritzer Waldau (died in 1998).

His parents divorced when he was a kid due to his father’s alcoholic behavior.

Waldau grew up in Tybjerg, a small village between Ringsted and Næstved in southern Zealand, alongside his 2 older sisters: Rikke Coster-Waldau and Dorte Coster-Waldau.

The Danish actor attended the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance from 1989 to 1993.

As of April 2019, Nikolaj’s age is 48 and has a height of 6 ft. 2 inches.

Married Life, Wife & Children

Nikolaj is a happily married man and enjoys a blissful relationship with his wife Nukaaka Coster-Waldau, a former Miss Greenland, actress, and singer.

The couple married in 1998 and is together without any mishaps ever since.

They also share 2 children, both daughters: Philippa and Safina.

Did you know? Despite his fluency in German and English language, the Danish actor, in an interview with German language media stated that he does not feel as confident speaking German and prefers English.

Updated On Thu Aug 15 2019 Published On Tue Apr 30 2019 By Chandra Rana Magar

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