“Who the hell is this guy?” is the most common response to first seeing a Mads Mikkelsen performance. Some folks first had that reaction when he starred in the first two instalments of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher trilogy (1996 and 2004), but for most movie lovers in the English speaking world, it was his turn as the villainous and perverse Le Chiffre in the 2006 Bond reboot Casino Royale, taking to 007’s nether regions with a knotted length of rope.

“Villainous and perverse” might be the defining, albeit somewhat limiting, descriptors of his subsequent career, with his biggest role being that of the titular cannibalistic psychiatrist in Bryan Fuller’s TV series Hannibal, a sumptuous, sensuous reimagining of author Thomas Harris’ monstrous and monstrously popular serial killer. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe he played sorcerous bad guy Kaecilius opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, and he’ll soon be visiting the Wizarding World as Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts film.

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