Danish actor accepts honorary award “with great humbleness and a big smile.”

Mads Mikkelsen is to receive the European Film Academy’s honorary award of European Achievement In World Cinema 2011.

Mikkelsen‘s career includes a number of critically acclaimed performances including in Nicholas Winding Refn’s Pusher films, After The Wedding, Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, Valhalla Rising and Casino Royale.

From the set of the Franco-German co-production Micheal Kohlhaas, Mikkelsen said: “There is very little to say when you are honoured with an award of this calibre other than that I am deeply grateful. Seeing the list of former recipients, all giants, and realising that people outside my family keep an eye on my work, makes me accept this award with great humbleness and a big smile.”

The EFAs will be held Dec 3 in Berlin.