Daniel Duval in “Devils”
Lars Mikkelsen stars as Daniel Duval, who has an indecipherable face, gaunt from years of secrecy, and cold eyes, in the series “Devils” on The CW. He is the leader of Subterranea, a counter-info platform, a financial Wikileaks. A wanted person around the world, he lives as a fugitive. Of mysterious origins, a reformed “economic hitman” who tricked emergent states into becoming indebted to the US, he is very fond of Sofia (Laia Costa), whom he raised like a daughter, and trained. His anarchist war against the establishment hides (even from Sofia) a secret personal scheme involving crypto-currencies.
Mikkelsen graduated from The National School of Theatre in 1995. Since then Mikkelsen has become a highly respected and critically acclaimed actor within the film and television industry, as well as a gifted award-winning stage actor. Before applying to The National School of Theatre, Lars attended Circus School, where he was taught both juggling and fire breathing after which he spent five years performing on the streets of Europe.
His professional debut was in the play “Dracula” at the Aalborg Theatre. Since then, he’s enjoyed great success having played many challenging and demanding parts such as the eponymous role in “Tartuffe,” Valère in David Hirson’s “La Bête,” and Diderot in “The Libertine.” Other stage credits include “Address Unknown,” “The Misanthrope,” “Tales from the Vienna Woods,” “P.I.S,” the lead in Ludvig Holberg’s “Erasmus Montanus,” “Don Juan,” “Measure for Measure,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Kasimir and Karoline,” “The Good Person of Szechwan” and “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” In 2011, Mikkelsen was awarded the most prestigious honorary stage award in Denmark, “The Reumert Award,” for his unique contribution to the development of theatre art in Denmark.
Recent film credits include “Winter Brothers,” “The Day Will Come,” for which he received both a Robert and a Bodil Award, “Montana,” “The Caretaker,” “What Richard Did,” “Flame and Citron,” “Angels in Fast Motion” and “Kira’s Reason: A Love Story.” For his performance as the notorious journalist Martin Vinge in “Headhunter,” he received the Danish Film Academy Robert Award. In 2007, he received international attention and recognition as Troels Hartmann in the hugely popular, Emmy nominated, Danish crime drama “The Killing.”
Mikkelsen is best known to international audiences for his portrayal of Russian President Viktor Petrov in the television series “House of Cards.” He also played the villainous Charles Magnussen opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest series of “Sherlock” for the BBC. Other television credits include “1864,” “The Team,” “Borgen” and “Those who Kill.” Mikkelsen’s most recent credits include “Rides Upon the Storm,” for which he received an International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor, and the original “The Witcher,” which has been met with critical acclaim.