August Diehl

August Diehl

Darsteller, Drehbuch
*04.01.1976 Berlin (Ost)

Biography

August Diehl, born January 4, 1976, in Berlin, is the son of actor Hans Diehl. He attended actor's training at Schauspielschule Ernst Busch and made his debut as leading actor in Hans-Christian Schmid's computer hacker thriller "23" (1998), for which he was awarded the Bavarian Film Award and the German Film Award. He then played major parts in "Kalt ist der Abendhauch" (Cold Is the Evening Breeze / Cold Is the Breath of Evening, 2000), "Tattoo" (2002), "Birkenau und Rosenfeld" (The Birch-Tree Meadow, 2003), "Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken" (Love in Thoughts, 2003) and Volker Schlöndorff's "Der neunte Tag" (The Ninth Day, 2004), for which he was again nominated for the German Film Award.

Already in 2000, Diehl was awarded the European Shooting Star, in 2002 he won the Ulrich Wildgruber and Alfred Kerr-Prize.

He played again for Hans-Christian Schmid in "Lichter" (Distant Lights, 2003) and had lead roles in "Kabale und Liebe" and "Ich bin die Andere" (both 2005). After "Slumming" (2006) he starred in several films in 2007, from the Oscar-winning "Die Fälscher" (The Counterfeitors) to "Nichts als Gespenster" (Nothing But Ghosts). In 2008 he starred as a idealistic and naive german doctor in Colombia in "Dr. Alemán", as husband of Nina Hoss in "Anonyma" and as Christian Buddenbrook in the adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel "Buddenbrooks".

In 2009 he played the small role of a SS-officer in Quentin Tarantinos international success "Inglourious Basterds". With Philip Noyces Action-Thriller "Salt" in 2010, Diehl had his next appearance in a big international production - as the husband of Angelina Jolie. In Germany he played a terrorist in Lars Kraume's ambitious drama "Die kommenden Tage" which is set in the near future. In 2011 he appeared as Bernward Vesper in "Wer wenn nicht wir", the first feature film of documentary filmmaker Andres Veiel.

The international co-production "Confession" (F/D/GB 2012) allowed Diehl to display his knack for portraying gloomy characters: In the period piece, he plays a cynical hedonist  who lures a disillusioned romantic into a self-destructive lifestyle. Next he embodied a conflicted dock worker who tries to fulfil his dream of becoming a seaman by working for the East-German secret police in the drama "Wir wollten aufs Meer". Diehl then played a South African casino employee, who happens to be in love with the woman who ran over his father, in the thriller "Layla Fourie", which premiered at the 2013 Berlin IFF.

Following a supporting role in Bille August's "Nachtzug nach Lissabon" (D/CH/PT 2013), August Diehl starred opposite Matthias Schweighöfer and Ruth Maria Kubitschek in "Frau Ella" (2013), a comedy about a lively old woman who is taken on a trip to Paris by two young men. 

Filmography

2016/2017 Radegund
Cast
 
2015-2017 Der junge Karl Marx
Cast
 
2014/2015 The Disappearing Illusionist
Cast
 
2012/2013 Frau Ella
Cast
 
2012/2013 Nachtzug nach Lissabon
Cast
 
2012/2013 Layla Fourie
Cast
 
2011/2012 Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn
Cast
 
2010/2011 Wer wenn nicht wir
Cast
 
2010-2012 Camp 14
Voice
 
2010-2012 Wir wollten aufs Meer
Cast
 
2010-2012 Confession
Cast
 
2009/2010 Die kommenden Tage
Cast
 
2009 Inglourious Basterds
Cast
 
2008 Where in This World
Cast
 
2007/2008 Buddenbrooks
Cast
 
2007/2008 Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin
Cast
 
2007/2008 Dr. Alemán
Cast
 
2007/2008 Die Frau des Anarchisten
dubbed by
 
2007 Wenn einer von uns stirbt, geh ich nach Paris
Voice
 
2007 Lichtblick
Cast
 
2006/2007 Freischwimmer
Cast
 
2006/2007 Nichts als Gespenster
Cast
 
2006/2007 Die Fälscher
Cast
 
2005/2006 Ich bin die Andere
Cast
 
2005/2006 Hamburger Lektionen
Voice
 
2005/2006 Slumming
Cast
 
2005 Kabale und Liebe
Cast
 
2004/2005 Mouth to Mouth
Cast
 
2004 LiveMovie: Feuer in der Nacht
Cast
 
2004 Wattläufer
Cast
 
2003/2004 Der neunte Tag
Cast
 
2002/2003 Birkenau und Rosenfeld
Cast
 
2002/2003 Lichter
Cast
 
2002-2004 Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken
Cast
 
2002 Anatomie 2
Cast
 
2002 Haider lebt. - 1. April 2021
Cast
 
2001/2002 Tattoo
Cast
 
2000/2001 Love the Hard Way
Cast
 
2000/2001 Der Atemkünstler
Cast, Screenplay
 
2000/2001 Hilflos
Cast
 
1999/2000 Kalt ist der Abendhauch
Cast
 
1999 Poppen
Cast
 
1998/1999 Die Braut
Cast
 
1998 23
Cast
 
1998 Entering Reality
Cast