Great german actors and actresses

by vini_zzz | created - 29 Jul 2012 | updated - 03 Oct 2012 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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).

5. 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.

6. Christiane Paul

Actress | Im Juli

Christiane Paul was born on March 8, 1974 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for In July (2000), Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (1997) and The Wave (2008). She was previously married to Wolfgang Schwenk.

7. 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 ...

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Thomas Kretschmann

Actor | Avengers: Age of Ultron

Thomas Kretschmann was born in East Germany. Before becoming an actor, he was a swimmer. He has acted in several popular American movies, such as Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), The Pianist (2002), U-571 (2000), In Enemy Hands (2004), etc. He has three children, Nicolas, Stella and Sascha with ...

11. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with ...

12. Alexandra Maria Lara

Actress | Der Untergang

Born on 12 November 1978 in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra Maria Lara fled to Germany with her parents when she was four and half years old. After graduating at the French High School, she studied acting at the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg from 1997 and 2000, but had already played leading ...

13. 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).

14. Christian Berkel

Actor | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Christian Berkel was born on October 28, 1957 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Valkyrie (2008) and Downfall (2004).

15. 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.

16. 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).

17. 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...

18. 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.

19. Till Valentin Winter

Actor | Das kleine Gespenst

Till Valentin Winter is an actor, known for Das kleine Gespenst (2013), Der ganz große Traum (2011) and Besser als nix (2014).

20. Jürgen Vogel

Actor | Die Welle

Jürgen Vogel was born on April 29, 1968 in Hamburg, West Germany as Jürgen Peter Vogel. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wave (2008), Der freie Wille (2006) and Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (1997).

21. 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).

22. 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 ...

23. Diane Kruger

Actress | Inglourious Basterds

Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top ...

24. Til Schweiger

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Actor, producer, writer, and director Til Schweiger is Germany's best-known actor and also the country's most successful director. With more than 51 Million admissions no other German filmmaker drew more people to cinemas. He runs his own production company Barefoot Films based in Berlin, Germany.


25. 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).

26. 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 ...

27. Martina Hill

Actress | Knallerfrauen

Martina Hill was born in Berlin in 1974, where after finishing school she later studied drama. Martina had her breakthrough in 2007 as an ensemble member of the comedy show "Switch Reloaded" which catapulted her into the spotlight, making her known as the best female impersonator in Germany. Thus, ...

28. Ulrich Mühe

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

Ulrich Mühe was born on June 20, 1953 in Grimma, East Germany as Friedrich Hans Ulrich Mühe. He was an actor and director, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Funny Games (1997) and Der letzte Zeuge (1998). He was married to Susanne Lothar, Jenny Gröllmann and Annegret Hahn. He died on July 22, ...

29. Jürgen Prochnow

Actor | Das Boot

Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Jürgen Prochnow is a leading actor of the German stage and screen. He was memorable as the submarine captain in the gritty WW II film Das Boot (1981), which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood ...