Best living German Actors

by rose-taylor | created - 04 Dec 2010 | updated - 08 Oct 2013 | Public

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On this list are actors who appear often in German movies, they can also be Austrian or from other countrys.

1. August Diehl

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

August Diehl was born on January 4, 1976 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Love in Thoughts (2004) and 23 (1998). He is married to Julia Malik. They have one child.

2. Anna Maria Mühe

Actress | Mitten in Deutschland: NSU

Anna Maria Mühe was born on July 23, 1985 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Mitten in Deutschland: NSU (2016), Love in Thoughts (2004) and Novemberkind (2008).

3. Julia Jentsch

Actress | Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage

Julia Jentsch was born on February 20, 1978 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), The Edukators (2004) and 24 Wochen (2016). She has been married to Christian Hablützel since 2012. They have one child.

4. Daniel Brühl

Actor | Rush

Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain. His father was German TV director Hanno Brühl (1937-2010), who was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His Spanish mother was a teacher. He also has a brother and a sister, Oliver and Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he ...

5. Nadja Uhl

Actress | Operation Zucker

Nadja Uhl was born on May 23, 1972 in Stralsund, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Operation Zucker (2012), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) and The Legend of Rita (2000).

6. Jasmin Tabatabai

Actress | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

She played in the woman-band "Even Cowgirls get the blues", which also helped her to play her part in the movie Bandits (1997). She wrote most of the songs for the Soundtrack of "Bandits". On 3rd December 2002, her first child, a girl named Angelina Sherri Rose, was born. Father of the child is the...

7. Matthias Schweighöfer

Actor | Der geilste Tag

Matthias Schweighöfer is one of the most successful German actors. Born into a family of actors, he soon knew he belonged in front of a camera, too. His parents, the theatre actors Gitta Schweighöfer and Michael Schweighöfer, often took him to some of their rehearsals, so he later participated in ...

8. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

9. Hannelore Hoger

Actress | Bella Block

Hannelore Hoger was born on August 20, 1942 in Hamburg, Germany. She is an actress and director, known for Bella Block (1994), The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968) and Die Zweite Heimat - Chronik Einer Jugend (1992).

10. Katharina Thalbach

Actress | Der Minister

Katharina Thalbach was born on January 19, 1954 in East Berlin, East Germany. She is an actress and director, known for Der Minister (2013), The Tin Drum (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982).

11. Robert Stadlober

Actor | Sommersturm

Robert Stadlober was born on August 3, 1982 in Friesach, Carinthia, Austria. He is an actor, known for Sommersturm (2004), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Crazy (2000).

12. Julia Hummer

Actress | Die innere Sicherheit

Julia Hummer was born on April 24, 1980 in Hagen, Germany. She is an actress and composer, known for Die innere Sicherheit (2000), Crazy (2000) and Tatort (1970).

13. Martina Gedeck

Actress | Das Leben der Anderen

Martina Gedeck was born in Munich. After spending a year in the US, she studied drama at the prestigious Max-Reinhardt-Seminar at the Berlin University of the Arts. Martinas film career began while she was still at drama school. Her filmography covers practically all genres of film.

Gedeck has won a...

14. Moritz Bleibtreu

Actor | Das Experiment

Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch (1977) at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997). He also became ...

15. Jessica Schwarz

Actress | Romy

Jessica Schwarz was born on May 5, 1977 in Erbach im Odenwald, Hesse, Germany. She is an actress, known for Romy (2009), Kammerflimmern (2004) and Nichts bereuen (2001).

16. Franka Potente

Actress | Lola rennt

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...

17. Elmar Wepper

Actor | Kirschblüten - Hanami

Elmar Wepper was born on April 16, 1944 in Augsburg, Germany. He is known for his work on Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008), Zwei Münchner in Hamburg (1989) and Unsere schönsten Jahre (1983). He has been married to Anita Schlierf since 2004.

18. Stipe Erceg

Actor | Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei

Stipe Erceg was born on October 30, 1974 in Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is an actor and producer, known for The Edukators (2004), Unknown (2011) and The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008).

19. Joachim Król

Actor | Der bewegte Mann

Studied theatre, film and TV in Cologne, Germany. Studied play at the 'Otto-Falckenberg-Schule' in Munich, Germany. Played at several theatres in Germany, besides other at the 'Schauspielhaus', Bochum and the 'Schlosstheater', Moers.

20. Axel Prahl

Actor | Tatort

Axel Prahl was born on March 26, 1960 in Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany as Axel Ferdinand Konstantin Prahl. He is an actor, known for Tatort (1970), Die Patin - Kein Weg zurück (2008) and Halbe Treppe (2002). He has been married to Silja since 2014. He was previously married to Andra ...

21. Jan Josef Liefers

Actor | Tatort

Jan Josef Liefers was born on August 8, 1964 in Dresden, East Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Tatort (1970), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) and The Tower (2012). He has been married to Anna Loos since August 5, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Aleksandra...

22. Andreas Schmidt

Actor | Pigs Will Fly

Andreas Schmidt was born on November 23, 1963 in Heggen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Andreas M. Schmidt. He was an actor and writer, known for Pigs Will Fly (2002), Plus-minus null (1998) and Fleisch ist mein Gemüse (2008). He was married to Jennifer. He died on September 28, 2017 in ...

23. Horst Krause

Actor | Schultze Gets the Blues

Actually a lathe operator he decided to become actor at the age of 23. Studied play at the 'Schauspielschule', Berlin-Oberschoeneweide (GDR) Played at the 'Schauspielhaus', Dresden since 1984. Has had several appearances in former GDR TV.

24. Fritzi Haberlandt

Actress | Kalt ist der Abendhauch

Fritzi Haberlandt was born on June 6, 1975 in East Berlin, East Germany. She is an actress, known for Kalt ist der Abendhauch (2000), Fenster zum Sommer (2011) and Liegen lernen (2003).

25. Uwe Steimle

Actor | Polizeiruf 110

Uwe Steimle was born on June 20, 1963 in Dresden, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor and writer, known for Bukow and König (1971), 3satfestival (2000) and Die Hinterbänkler (2002).

26. Veronica Ferres

Actress | Salt and Fire

Veronica Ferres is one of the most famous actresses in Germany, and consistently ranks among the most popular and most successful leading ladies in polls. She has acted in over 30 theatrical feature films and starred in dozens of TV movies, winning most major German film and TV prizes and numerous ...

27. Bibiana Beglau

Actress | Die Stille nach dem Schuß

Bibiana Beglau was born on July 16, 1971 in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Legend of Rita (2000), Unter dem Eis (2005) and Luna (2017).

28. Anneke Kim Sarnau

Actress | The Constant Gardener

Anneke Kim Sarnau was born on February 25, 1972 in Elmshorn, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Constant Gardener (2005), Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt (2002) and Bukow and König (1971).

29. Katja Riemann

Actress | Rosenstrasse

Katja Riemann was born on November 1, 1963 in Kirchweyhe, Weyhe, Lower Saxony, Germany as Katja Hannchen Leni Riemann. She is an actress, known for Rosenstrasse (2003), Bandits (1997) and Talk of the Town (1995).

30. Juliane Köhler

Actress | Aimée & Jaguar

Juliane Köhler was born on August 6, 1965 in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is known for her work on Aimee & Jaguar (1999), Downfall (2004) and Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001).

31. Devid Striesow

Actor | Die Fälscher

Devid Striesow was born on October 1, 1973 in Bergen auf Rügen, East Germany. He is an actor, known for The Counterfeiters (2007), Before the Fall (2004) and Downfall (2004). He has been married to Francine since 2008. They have two children.

32. Hannah Herzsprung

Actress | The Reader

Hannah Herzsprung was born on September 7, 1981 in Hamburg, West Germany as Hannah-Rebecca Herzsprung. She is an actress, known for The Reader (2008), Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher (2014) and Vier Minuten (2006).

33. Maren Kroymann

Actress | Verfolgt

Maren Kroymann was born on July 19, 1949 in Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is an actress, known for Verfolgt (2006), Freier Fall (2013) and Mein Leben & ich (2001).

34. Karoline Herfurth

Actress | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Karoline Herfurth was born on May 22, 1984 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress and director, known for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The Reader (2008) and Passion (2012).

35. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

36. Hannelore Elsner

Actress | Die Kommissarin

Hannelore Elsner was born on July 26, 1942 in Burghausen, Germany as Hannelore Elstner. She is an actress, known for Die Kommissarin (1994), Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008) and Die Unberührbare (2000). She was previously married to Uwe Carstensen and Gerd Vespermann.

37. Burghart Klaußner

Actor | Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei

Burghart Klaußner was born on September 13, 1949 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for The Edukators (2004), The White Ribbon (2009) and Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer (2015). He is married to Jenny. They have two children.

38. Johanna Gastdorf

Actress | Das Wunder von Bern

Johanna Gastdorf was born in 1959 in Hamburg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Das Wunder von Bern (2003), The Wave (2008) and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005). She is married to Jan-Gregor Kremp. They have one child.

39. Nina Hoss

Actress | Phoenix

Nina Hoss was born on July 7, 1975 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Phoenix (2014), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Yella (2007).

40. Ulrich Matthes

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Matthes was born on May 9, 1959 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), Der neunte Tag (2004) and Feuerreiter (1998).

41. Johanna Wokalek

Actress | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Johanna Wokalek was born on March 3, 1975 in Freiburg, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Pope Joan (2009) and Barfuss (2005).

42. Alice Dwyer

Actress | Ma folie

Alice Dwyer was born in 1988 in Berlin, Germany as Alice Deekeling. She is an actress, known for Ma folie (2015), Höhere Gewalt (2008) and Was du nicht siehst (2009).

43. Sibel Kekilli

Actress | Gegen die Wand

Sibel Kekilli is a German actress of Turkish origin. With her debut in Fatih Akin's movie "Head On" she gained major public attention. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2004 and her acting performance received several national and international prizes, among them the highly ...

44. David Kross

Actor | The Reader

David Kross was born on July 4, 1990 in Bargteheide, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany next to Hamburg. He attended Eckhorst High School in Bargteheide till 2007. In this period, he first appears in the German movie Hilfe, ich bin ein Junge (2002). He also receives his first leading role in the movie ...

45. Ken Duken

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Ken Duken was born on the 17th of April 1979 as a son of an actress and a doctor in Heidelberg / Germany. He started to learn acting from his stage actress mother Christina Loeb. Later he took courses by James Reynolds and Bruce McDonald but he never attended drama school.

Before starting his career...

46. Alexander Fehling

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Alexander Fehling was born on March 29, 1981 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Young Goethe in Love (2010) and Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (2014).

47. Sophie Rois

Actress | 3

Sophie Rois was born on 1 June 1961 in Ottensheim, Austria and studied acting at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna from 1982 to 1985. In the following years, she played at several theaters in Berlin, since 1992 she has been ensemble member at the city's Freie Volksbühne. Appearing also on ...

48. Sandra Hüller

Actress | Toni Erdmann

Sandra Hüller was born in 1978 in Suhl, East Germany. She is an actress, known for Toni Erdmann (2016), Requiem (2006) and Über uns das All (2011).

49. Corinna Harfouch

Actress | Der Untergang

Corinna Harfouch was born on October 16, 1954 in Suhl, German Democratic Republic as Corinna Meffert. She is an actress, known for Downfall (2004), Bibi Blocksberg (2002) and Vera Brühne (2001).

50. Lena Lauzemis

Actress | Wer wenn nicht wir

Lena Lauzemis was born on January 15, 1983 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Wer wenn nicht wir (2011), Deutschland 83 (2015) and Stille Reserven (2016).

51. Sabine Timoteo

Actress | L'amour, l'argent, l'amour

Sabine Timoteo was born on March 25, 1975 in Berne, Switzerland as Sabine Hagenbuechle. She is an actress and writer, known for Love, Money, Love (2000), Ein Freund von mir (2006) and Drift (2015).

52. Misel Maticevic

Actor | Im Angesicht des Verbrechens

Misel Maticevic was born in 1970 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (2010), Das Gelübde (2007) and Lost Killers (2000).

53. Max Riemelt

Actor | Freier Fall

Max Riemelt was born on January 7, 1984 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Freier Fall (2013), Before the Fall (2004) and The Wave (2008).

54. Jasna Fritzi Bauer

Actress | Barbara

Jasna Fritzi Bauer was born on February 20, 1989 in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. She is an actress, known for Barbara (2012), About a Girl (2014) and Ein Tick anders (2011).

55. Sebastian Urzendowsky

Actor | The Way Back

Sebastian Urzendowsky was born on May 28, 1985 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for The Way Back (2010), Mitten in Deutschland: NSU (2016) and The Counterfeiters (2007).

56. Florian David Fitz

Actor | Jesus liebt mich

Florian David Fitz was born on November 20, 1974 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Jesus liebt mich (2012), Vincent will Meer (2010) and Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (2016).

57. Florian Lukas

Actor | Good Bye Lenin!

Florian Lukas was born on March 16, 1973 in East Berlin, East Germany. He is an actor, known for Good Bye Lenin! (2003), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Weissensee (2010).

58. Ulrich Noethen

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Noethen was born on November 18, 1959 in Munich, Germany as Ulrich Schmidt. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), Das Sams (2001) and My Führer (2007). He was previously married to Friederike Wagner.

59. Ulrich Tukur

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

Ulrich Tukur was born on July 29, 1957 in Viernheim, Hesse, Germany as Ulrich Scheurlen. He is an actor, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Solaris (2002) and John Rabe (2009). He has been married to Katharina John since October 2003. He was previously married to Amber Wood.

60. Sebastian Koch

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

On stage, television or the movie theatre screen Sebastian Koch is undeniably one of Germany s most multi-faceted and successful actors. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, May 31, 1962, he spent his childhood and youth in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany. He planned to become a musician, but in the late ...

61. Bernadette Heerwagen

Actress | Die kommenden Tage

Bernadette Heerwagen was born on June 22, 1977 in Bonn, Germany. She is an actress, known for Die kommenden Tage (2010), Grüße aus Kaschmir (2004) and An die Grenze (2007). She is married to Ole Puppe. They have one child.

62. Heike Makatsch

Actress | Love Actually

Born on 13 August 1971 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the daughter of former German national ice hockey keeper Rainer Makatsch. After studying politics and sociology at the University of Düsseldorf for two years and an apprenticeship as dressmaker, she was hired by newborn TV music channel VIVA in 1993...

63. Edgar Selge

Actor | Polizeiruf 110

Edgar Selge was born on March 27, 1948 in Brilon, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is an actor, known for Bukow and König (1971), The Experiment (2001) and 3 Chinesen mit dem Kontrabass (2000). He has been married to Franziska Walser since 1985. They have two children.

64. Richy Müller

Actor | xXx

Richy Müller was born on September 26, 1955 in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany as Hans-Jürgen Müller. He is an actor, known for xXx (2002), Poll (2010) and Pogo 1104 (1984).

65. Maria Dragus

Actress | Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

Maria Dragus was born in 1994 in Romania. She is an actress, known for The White Ribbon (2009), Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) and Töte mich (2012).

66. Fabian Hinrichs

Actor | Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage

Fabian Hinrichs was born in 1974 in Hamburg, Germany. He is an actor, known for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), Tatort (1970) and Schussangst (2003).

67. Tom Schilling

Actor | Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher

Tom Schilling was born on February 10, 1982 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher (2014), A Coffee in Berlin (2012) and Before the Fall (2004).

68. Josefine Preuß

Actress | Türkisch für Anfänger

Josefine Preuß was born on January 13, 1986 in Zehdenick, Brandenburg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Türkisch für Anfänger (2012), Türkisch für Anfänger (2006) and Rubinrot (2013).

69. Volker Bruch

Actor | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Volker Bruch was born on March 9, 1980 in Munich, Germany. He is an actor, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), The Reader (2008) and Generation War (2013).

70. Sylvester Groth

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Sylvester Groth was born on March 31, 1958 in Jerichow, East Germany. He is an actor, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and Stalingrad (1993).

71. Ronald Zehrfeld

Actor | Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer

Ronald Zehrfeld was born on January 15, 1977 in East Berlin, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor, known for Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer (2015), Barbara (2012) and Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (2010).

72. Katharina Schüttler

Actress | Freier Fall

Katharina Schüttler started acting for film and television when she was 11 years old. Her breakthrough in Germany was the International Emmy Award winning Mini-Series "Generation War" ("Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter") in which she portrayed singer Greta del Torres. She appeared in many films for ...