It’s hard to imagine two more different characters than Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones and Kasper Juul in Borgen. One is a sex-crazed, bloodthirsty, piratical lunatic fond of discussing his “big cock” in HBO’s fantasy epic, the other a suave if troubled Copenhagen spin doctor. Both, of course, are played by Pilou Asbaek.

One wouldn’t have happened without the other, and the 38-year-old Dane is grateful to Juul’s more sophisticated appeal for bringing him to the attention of what he calls “international” producers, making him one of Scandinavian drama’s biggest break-out stars. Since Borgen he has hosted the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and has worked alongside Scarlett Johansson (in the acclaimed film Ghost in the Shell) and Sylvester Stallone (in the forthcoming action thriller Samaritan). He is nothing if not versatile.

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