Daniel Brühl as Lutz Heck
Garnering international recognition for his talent and versatility, Daniel Brühl continues to deliver striking performances.
Even before audiences worldwide took note of his scene-stealing turn in Quentin Tarantino’s smash Inglourious Basterds, Mr. Brühl was an established actor in Europe, and had been in movies since he was a teenager. His breakthrough had come with the starring role in Wolfgang Becker’s multi-award-winning sleeper hit Good Bye Lenin!, for which he won the European Film Award and the German Film Award for Best Actor.
Fluent in several languages, Mr. Brühl then made his first English-language film, Ladies in Lavender, with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith for director Charles Dance. His subsequent films included Christian Carion’s Joyeux Noël; Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators, for which he was again a European Film Award nominee; Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris, 2 Days in New York, and The Countess; and Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Ultimatum, which won three Academy Awards.
His portrayal of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s Rush earned Mr. Brühl Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, among other honors.
His recent films also include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman; Simon Curtis’ Woman in Gold, with Helen Mirren; John Wells’ Burnt, opposite Bradley Cooper; Me and Kaminski, reteaming him with director Wolfgang Becker; Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate; Florian Gallenberger’s The Colony; Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin; Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel; and, as part of the Marvel Universe, Anthony and Joe Russo’s blockbuster Captain America: Civil War.
Mr. Brühl will soon be seen in the J.J. Abrams-produced 2017 Cloverfield movie, alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Chris O’Dowd, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, and David Oyelowo for director Julius Onah; and in the untitled feature thriller based on the true story of the 1976 Entebbe plane hijacking, in which he stars with Rosamund Pike for director José Padilha, also for Focus Features release.
Mr. Brühl is currently at work filming The Alienist, starring in the title role of the television series adaptation of Caleb Carr’s celebrated book.
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“Jessica carries this elegance with her, reminding me of an actress from the 1930s or 1940s. Sometimes I would get transfixed by how perfectly she inhabited the period.”
“Daniel is an actor of great charm who transmits intelligence on-screen in a way that is mesmerizing. But he could also show the menace that Heck was capable of.””
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