2020s

Know the Cast: ‘Against the Ice’

Against the Ice Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2022 Netflix Movie

The Against the Ice cast features Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joe Cole and Heida Reed. This info article contains minor spoilers for Peter Flinth’s 2022 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Against the Ice follows two Danish explorers who attempt to establish Peary Land as part of Greenland in 1909. Ejnar Mikkelsen makes a return trip to the Arctic and receives help from a mechanic named Iver. The two men try to disprove the United States’ claim to Northeast Greenland. Here’s every main performer and character in Against the Ice, an adaptation of Mikkelsen’s 1957 autobiography, Two Against the Ice.

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Against the Ice Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ejnar Mikkelsen

Against the Ice Cast and Characters (Netflix) - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ejnar Mikkelsen

Character Profile: A Danish explorer who hopes to fulfill the mission of the Denmark Expedition. He roams the Arctic with an inexperienced traveler and realizes that their colleagues returned home. Ejnar thinks about a woman he left behind named Naja.

Coster-Waldau’s Resume: Martin in Nattevagten (1994), Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones (2011-19), Clas Greve in Headhunters (2011), Sykes in Oblivion (2013), Horus in Gods of Egypt (2016)

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Against the Ice Cast: Joe Cole as Iver Iversen

Against the Ice Cast and Characters (Netflix) - Joe Cole as Iver Iversen

Character Profile: Ejnar’s research partner, a mechanic. He volunteers for the mission and values his lead dog named Björn. Iver proves his worth after spending two years with Ejnar in the Arctic.

Cole’s Resume: Luke in Skins (2012), John Shelby in Peaky Blinders (2013-17), Frank in Black Mirror “Hang the DJ” (2017), Billy Moore in A Prayer Before Dawn (2017), Sean Wallace in Gangs of London (2020)

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Against the Ice Cast: Heida Reed as Naja

Against the Ice Cast and Characters (Netflix) - Heida Reed as Naja

Character Profile: Ejnar’s love interest. She appears during hallucination sequences in Greenland. The real woman appears late in the film.

Reed’s Resume: Adele in Joe (2013), Gréta in Hraunið (2014), Elizabeth Warleggan in Poldark (2015-19), Stella in Stella Blómkvist (2017-21), Special Agent Jamie Kellett in FBI: International (2021-)

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Against the Ice Cast: Gísli Örn Garðarsson as Jörgensen

Against the Ice Cast and Characters (Netflix) - Gísli Örn Garðarsson as Jörgensen

Character Profile: Ejnar’s colleague. He stays behind in Denmark because of an injury. Jörgensen urges the Prime Minister to consider that Ejnar may have survived.

Garðarsson’s Resume: Óttar in The Oath (2016), Breca in Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016), Ásbjörn in Fangar (2017), Vidar in Ragnarok (2020-21), Jón in Blackport (2021-)

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Against the Ice Cast: Sam Redford as Laub

Against the Ice Cast and Characters (Netflix) - Sam Redford as Laub

Character Profile: Ejnar’s colleague. He’s a photographer who makes his fourth trip to the Arctic. Laub abandons his mission in Greenland and returns home.

Redford’s Resume: Vasily in K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Contractor Jimmy in The Hurt Locker (2008), Customs Official in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Tully Bannerman in Game of Thrones (2016), Erik Gunnarsson in The Stranger (2020)

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Against the Ice Cast: Charles Dance as Neergaard

Against the Ice Cast and Characters (Netflix) - Charles Dance as Neergaard

Character Profile: The Prime Minister of Denmark. He question Laub and Jörgensen about Ejnar. Neergaard doesn’t want to spend more government funds on a recovery/exploration mission.

Dance’s Resume: Raymond Stockbridge in Gosford Park (2001), Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones (2011-15), Commander Denniston in The Imitation Game (2014), Lord Mountbatten in The Crown (2019-20), William Randolph Hearst in Mank (2020)

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The Against the Ice cast also includes Diarmaid Murtagh (Vikings, Young Wallander), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Outlander), Frankie Wilson (The Souvenir, House of the Dragon), Þorsteinn Bachmann (Trapped, Katla) and Nick Jameson (Frozen, Joe Dick).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.