Since the start of his career, Daniel Brühl has been involved in a number of critically acclaimed film projects, garnering praise for his talent and versatility. He is best known to international audiences for his scene-stealing role of Fredrick Zoller, a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, opposite Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards® in 2010. Brühl received his first Golden Globe nomination for the role of Austrian Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda in Ron Howard's biographical drama RUSH. He recently wrapped production on the superhero film CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, playing the villain Baron Helmut Zemo, and the World War Two drama ALONE IN BERLIN, starring opposite Emma Thompson.
Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona in 1978 and raised in Germany. He is fluent in German, English, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese and French. In 2003, he starred as Alexander Kerner in GOOD BYE, LENIN!, a German tragicomedy set in 1989 East Germany. Brühl gave a heart-breaking performance as a young man desperately trying to protect his frail mother from the truth, that her beloved GDR has been reunited with West Germany. For his performance Brühl won a 2003 European Film Award and the German Film Award for Actor.
His other notable film credits include his English-language debut LADIES IN LAVENDER, opposite Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, LOVE IN THOUGHTS, for which he won the European Film Awards’ Audience Award for Best Actor; the trilingual World War I film MERRY CHRISTMAS, a small part in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM; the British-Russian World War Two drama IN TRANSIT, alongside Vera Farmiga and John Malkovich; Bill Condon’s THE FIFTH ESTATE, where he stars as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a colleague and friend of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Corbijn’s thriller A MOST WANTED MAN, starring opposite Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Wells’ BURNT starring opposite Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller