Born in Denmark, Mads was classically trained at The National Danish School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen and later studied method acting at William Esper Studio in New York. Since then he has touched audiences with versatile performances in film, theatre, and prime time tv-shows in Denmark and Germany alike.
On the big screen he has played supporting roles in films directed by two academy award nominees: Warsaw 44 by Jan Komaza (Corpus Christi) and A Royal Affair by Nicolaj Arcel (Dark Tower), the story of which takes place in Mads’ native town.
Recent TV-credits include leading roles in Sløborn directed by Christian Alvert and Adolfo Kolmerer (Syrreal Entertainment/Nordisk Film) and Grænseland (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). He is also known for his leading role in 5 seasons / 74 episodes on Großstadtrevier (German National ARD) from 2011-2016 and supporting roles in shows like Norskov (TV2 Denmark), 1864 (Ole Bornedal) and the Emmy winning The Protectors (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) to mention a few.
On stage, Mads has been a part of the cutting edge Danish theatre company Mungo Park for more than a decade, performing in several contemporary award-winning comedies and dramas. Furthermore, credits include roles in classics by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, and Mark Ravenhill at major Danish repertoire theaters. A professionally trained singer, he occasionally stars in musicals and theatre concerts, most recently Lazarus by David Bowie at The Royal Danish Theatre.
Mads has Danish, English and German ancestry, went to an international middle school and speaks English (RP/GA) and German flawlessly as a result. A quick learner he still dabbles with various accents and dialects and has basic knowledge of Norwegian, Swedish, French, and enough Italian to order a pizza.
Mads lives close to nature just outside of Copenhagen, where he spends most of his free time with his family, though when a bit of “quiet time” is needed, he enjoys mountain biking in the woods, spearfishing in the ocean, or simply fiddling around with his guitars and drums in the basement. The surname Hjulmand means wheelman or maker-of-cartwheels, which was the family’s profession for generations. Mads’ great-great-great-grandfather was officially granted the surname Hjulmand as a token of honour by King Christian IX.
Mads is looking forward to starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the next Scorsese movie.