Award winning actor Daniel Brühl has been involved in a number of critically acclaimed film and television projects and has garnered international recognition for his talent and versatility.
Brühl is currently filming in the lead role of criminal psychologist ‘Dr. Laszlo Kreizler’ in the new TNT series The Alienist, based on the international best-selling novel by Caleb Carr. The psychological thriller is set in 1896 in New York City when a series of murders of boy prostitutes grips the city. Brühl’s character works as a specialist in deviant behavior, known as The Alienist (“one who studied mental pathologies”), who is called upon to conduct an investigation in secret.
He recently wrapped on the drama feature Entebbe, with Rosamund Pike and Vincent Cassel. Based on a true story, the film follows four hijackers who commandeer an airplane bound to Entebbe, Uganda in 1976 in an effort to free dozens of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian prisoners in Israel. The feature, produced by Working Title Films, is directed by José Padilha and will be released in 2018.
In February 2018, Brühl will star in J.J. Abrams’ God Particle, about a group of astronauts fighting for survival. Julius Onah is directing, and the feature began shooting in June 2016. David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki and Chris O’Dowd also star, with Bad Robot producing and Paramount releasing the film internationally. The U.S. will release on February 2 and the U.K. follows on February 9.
In June 2017, Brühl appeared in Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin, with Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance. The film is a fact-based WWII story about German parents who, after their son is killed on the front lines, begin an anti-Hitler postcard campaign against his evil regime. Prior to this, Brühl played ‘Lutz Heck’ in The Zookeepers Wife, opposite Jessica Chastain. Directed by Niki Caro, the feature depicts the story of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, ‘Jan and Antonina Zabinski,’ who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion. The Focus Features picture was released in the US on March 31.
In 2016, Brühl took on the role of ‘Zemo’ in the summer blockbuster Captain America: Civil War, starring alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in the third adaptation of the popular Marvel comic book Captain America. The film was released in the U.K. on April 29, followed by a release in North America on May 6. Following this, Brühl starred in thriller feature Colony as ‘Daniel’ opposite Emma Watson. Set against the backdrop of the Chilean military coup, the story follows a young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous ‘Colonia Dignidad,’ a notorious cult in the South of Chile. The film was released in the UK on July 1.
In November 2015, Brühl starred as Maitre Di ‘Tony’ in the Weinstein’s Burnt, alongside Alicia Vikander, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman. The film focuses on a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior and cleans up, returning to London to redeem himself. Also in 2015, Brühl appeared in Simon Curtis’s Woman in Gold, written by playwright Alexi Campbell. The feature tells of the true story of one battle to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold.” Boasting a cast including Helen Mirren, Max Irons and Charles Dance, the film was released on February 9.
In February 2014, Brühl starred in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of An Angel, playing the male lead role of ‘Thomas’, opposite Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne. The film follows a journalist and a documentary film maker as they explore the story of a murder in Tuscany. Also in 2014, Brühl appeared in the lead role of ‘Sebastian Zöllner’ in Ich Und Kaminski, written and directed by Wolfgang Becker. Early that year, in January 2014, Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man premiered at Sundance, with Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film was released in September 2015.
In 2013, Brühl starred as ‘Niki Lauda’ in Ron Howard’s Rush, opposite Chris Hemsworth’s ‘James Hunt’. Set in 1976, the film is based on the true story of the Formula 1 champion driver and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. The multi-award nominated film was released worldwide in September, with Brühl being heralded as its breakout star. Digital Spy called his portrayal “an Oscar-worthy turn… Daniel Brühl is a masterful chameleon,” while Rolling Stone Magazine wrote he “starts at brilliant and revs up from there.” More glowing reviews of his performance followed: “awfully well played by Daniel Brühl” wrote The Hollywood Reporter, “quite brilliant” said HitFix, “remarkable” raved The Telegraph, “Brühl steals the show with a truly outstanding performance” reviewed HeyUGuys and Deadline said “take my word, this guy is the real deal and this is his year.” Brühl was consequently nominated for Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Critics Choice awards in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
Also in 2013, Brühl appeared in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate playing ‘Daniel Domscheit-Berg’, colleague and friend of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Based on the book "Inside Wikileaks" by Daniel Doimscheit-Berg himself and the Guardian book "Wikileaks" written by David Leigh and Luke Harding, the film follows the friendship and the eventual rift between the two as the international profile of the website suddenly explodes bringing instant fame and gradual disillusionment to its creators. The Fifth Estate opened the 2013 Toronto Film Festival before its worldwide release in October of the same year.
Even before his scene stealing turn in 2009 as German War Hero ‘Frederik Zoller’ in Quentin Tarantino’s iconic and Oscar winning Inglourious Basterds, opposite Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, Brühl was an established and award winning actor in Europe. In 2003, Brühl starred in Good Bye, Lenin! and was lauded for his portrayal of ‘Alexander Kerner’ in the German tragicomedy set in East Germany in the year 1989. Brühl gives a heart-breaking performance playing a young man protesting against the regime, while desperately trying to protect his frail mother from the truth. The role saw him win the European Film Award for Best Actor and the German Film Award for Best Actor in 2003.
Brühl’s other notable film credits include: The White Sound with Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin, Ladies in Lavender where he made his English speaking debut opposite Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Stephane Robelin’s If We All Lived Together, Love In Thoughts for which he won the People’s Choice for Best Actor, The Edukators for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the 2004 European Film Awards, Joyeux Noel, Salvador, The Bourne Ultimatum, Julie Delpy’s The Countess and In Transit with John Malkovich.
He also speaks fluent German, English, Spanish, and French.