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On his next international assignment, Mikkelsen wiill play Our Kind of Traitor

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- Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen continues his international career following the starring role in a US television series about serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter with the latest John le Carré adaption

On his next international assignment, Mikkelsen wiill play Our Kind of Traitor

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (photo), who most recently won the top prize at Cannes for his performance in Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt [+see also:
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– and last year received a European Film Award for his "unique contribution to the world of film" - has been signed for US-Australian director Justin Kurzel's Our Kind of Traitor, from UK author John le Carré's 2010 novel.

The role in the spy thriller about an Englishman who accidentally meets a Russian secret agent wanting to defect – and who is subsequently signed by MI6 – is the fifth in a string of international assignments, which Mikkelsen, the son of a Copenhagen cab driver, has in the pipeline.

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Currently starring as infamous serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal, a 13-part US television series shooting in Canada directed by Bryan Fuller, Mikkelsen has played the lead in French director Arnaud des Pallières's Michael Kohlhaas, a new take on German author Heinrich von Kleist's 16th century drama.

...Kohlhaas is in post-production, as is US-Swedish director Fredrik Bond's romance-actioner The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, with Shia LaBeouf and Aubrey Plaza, while he is yet to start UK director Niall Johnson's western-adventure The Stolen, in a cast with Keisha Castle-Hughes.

Meanwhile Mikkelsen, who had his break in Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher (1996) – and who has this year also performed in Danish director Nikolaj Arcel's award-winning A Royal Affair [+see also:
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interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
interview: Nikolaj Arcel
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- has also appeared in Danish director Asger Leth's English-language Move On, which was mainly filmed in Hungary.

His international career took off after playing Le Chiffre in UK-New Zealand director Martin Campbell's James Bond installment Casino Royale (2006) [+see also:
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, the composer in Dutch director Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009) [+see also:
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, and in UK director Paul WS Anderson's The Three Musketeers [+see also:
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