If you haven’t started watching House of Cards yet, you might want to get on that ASAP. With its high-stakes storylines and twists and turns at every corner, it’s no wonder that House of Cards has been so well received since its initial release in 2013, winning several awards and being nominated for dozens more. One of the most popular characters on the show? The nefarious Viktor Petrov, played by Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen (no relation to Mads). Curious about the actor behind one of House of Cards’ most terrifying antagonists? Who is Lars Mikkelsen’s Character on House of Cards?

How old is he in real life?

It’s always fun to ask about actors’ ages, especially when they’re involved in a show like House of Cards. But given that we don’t know much about Mikkelsen’s character yet, we can only speculate based on his age and appearance. As Reddit commenters have pointed out, he looks to be around 50 years old—and quite well-preserved at that! Though he is older than Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), so maybe there are certain similarities between their characters.

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His role in ‘House of Cards’

I’m playing a guy named Viktor Petrov who used to be a big, big oligarch. A multi-billionaire until he loses his whole empire and becomes an outcast. I’m kind of an angry old man. That sounds… familiar! It’s easy to imagine that in Season 3, he’s probably going to work with Frank Underwood [Kevin Spacey] in some way. And maybe they’re both as crazy as each other!

Who is Lars Mikkelsen's Character on House of Cards?
Who is Lars Mikkelsen’s Character on House of Cards?

Why did he join the show?

The Danish actor joined an impressive cast as a Russian president who may or may not be (but probably is) up to no good. According to him, I play a terrible guy—he’s like Putin in a suit. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for his character in Season 2.

The plot for season 5

In season five, with Frank out of power, Kellyanne Conway leads President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign team. This creates a dilemma for Claire: in light of her continued absence, will she have to break ties with her former adviser and dear friend Doug Stamper? This question becomes even more pressing when it emerges that Frank might have to leave his exile in Cuba.

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