Christian Berkel

Christian Berkel

Darsteller
*28.10.1957 Berlin

Biography

Christian Berkel was born in Berlin on October 28 1957. From the age of fourteen on, he was raised in Paris and already started taking acting classes in school. After graduation, he moved back to Berlin and enrolled at the DFFB film academy.

In 1977, he made screen debut in a small supporting role in Ingmar Bergman's "Das Schlangenei". The same year, he played one of the leads in the TV drama "Eine Jugendliebe". Nevertheless, Berkel focused on theatre work in the following years. Until 1993, he appeared in acclaimed stage productions in Dusseldorf, Bochum, Munich, Vienna and Berlin. During that time, he only sporadically took offers from film and television.

But from the mid-1990s on, he became a fixture in both mediums. In 1998, he got rave reviews for his portrayal of a psychopathic family man in the "Tatort" episode "Schwarzer Advent". Following supporting roles in Dominik Graf's "Deine besten Jahre" and Dieter Wedel's miniseries "Der König von St. Pauli", he made his final breakthrough as a screen actor co-starring with Moritz Bleibtreu in Oliver Hirschbiegel's thriller "Das Experiment".

This was followed by parts in Bertrand Tavernier's war epic "Laisser passer" (2002), Sherry Horman's comedy "Männer wie wir" (2004) and Mennan Yapo's thriller "Lautlos" (2004). In 2004, Berkel played the role of physician Dr. Schenck in Oliver Hirschbiegel's much-discussed WWII drama "Der Untergang", and his performance was not only hailed by critics but also won him a "Bambi" award and more international engagements. Although he was somewhat pigeonholed into playing Nazis and soldiers in films like Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" (NL/DE, 2006), "Tage des Zorns" (DK, 2008), Spike Lee's "Das Wunder von St. Anna" (2008) and Bryan Singers' "Operation Walküre" (US/DE, 2008), he always managed to add surprising depth and complexity to the stereotype. And a notable exception from this string of soldier roles in WWII films remains his grouchy French bartender in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" (2009).

Since 2006, Berkel stars as chief inspector Bruno Schumann in the TV series "Der Kriminalist". Apart from being the prominent guest star in many TV programmes, he also played the lead in Sherry Horman's two-part drama "Helen, Fred und Ted" (2006). Berkel also embodied legendary German politician Helmut Schmidt in two different TV production: In the drama "Sturmflut" (2006) and in Roland Suso Richter's acclaimed thriller "Mogadischu" (2008). After starring in the made-for-TV horror film "Der letzte Angestellte", which premiered at the 2010 Munich Film Festival, Berkel appeared as the grandfather of German pop icon Udo Jürgens in the biopic "Der Mann mit dem Fagott", which was telecasted September 2011.

Filmography

2016/2017 Die offene Tür
Cast
 
2016/2017 Landgericht - Geschichte einer Familie
Cast
 
2016/2017 Was uns nicht umbringt
Cast
 
2015/2016 Elle
Cast
 
2015/2016 Die Ermittler - Nur für den Dienstgebrauch
Cast
 
2013 Business As Usual - Die Angst fliegt mit
Cast
 
2013 Buddy
Cast
 
2012/2013 Totenengel - Van Leeuwens zweiter Fall
Cast
 
2010/2011 Das dunkle Nest
Cast
 
2010/2011 Der Mann mit dem Fagott
Cast
 
2009/2010 Der letzte Angestellte
Cast
 
2009 Inglourious Basterds
Cast
 
2007/2008 Operation Walküre - Das Stauffenberg Attentat
Cast
 
2007/2008 Mogadischu
Cast
 
2007/2008 Tage des Zorns
Cast
 
2006/2007 Der andere Junge
Cast
 
2005/2006 Black Book
Cast
 
2005/2006 Helen, Fred und Ted
Cast
 
2005/2006 Eine Frage des Gewissens
Cast
 
2005 Leerstand
Cast
 
2005 Hexenküsse
Cast
 
2004-2006 Die Sturmflut
Cast
 
2004 Teufel im Leib
Cast
 
2004 LiveMovie: Feuer in der Nacht
Cast
 
2003/2004 Männer wie wir
Cast
 
2003/2004 Der Untergang
Cast
 
2003/2004 Hitlers letzte Tage. Der Film "Der Untergang"
Participation
 
2002-2004 Lautlos
Cast
 
2001/2002 Der Passierschein
Cast
 
2000/2001 Das Experiment
Cast
 
1999/2000 Ein Mann kommt zurück
Cast
 
1999/2000 Verzweiflung
Cast
 
1999/2000 Blondine sucht Millionär fürs Leben
Cast
 
1999 Halt mich fest!
Cast
 
1999 Das Paradies ist eine Falle
Cast
 
1998/1999 Stille Nacht - Heilige Nacht
Cast
 
1998/1999 Deine besten Jahre
Cast
 
1998/1999 Sweet Little Sixteen
Cast
 
1997/1998 Schwarzer Advent
Cast
 
1997 Single sucht Nachwuchs
Cast
 
1996 Lautlose Schritte
Cast
 
1996 Das Tor des Feuers
Cast
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Cast
 
1995/1996 Königsmord
Cast
 
1995/1996 Das Monster
Cast
 
1995 Ich, der Boss
Cast
 
1994-1996 Der Mörder
Cast
 
1994-1996 Die Ratte und das Mädchen
Cast
 
1994 Gute Referenzen
Cast
 
1992 Die Frau des Mörders
Cast
 
1991-1993 Den Teufel am Hintern geküsst
Voice
 
1991 Ein Tod auf dem Hinterhof
Cast
 
1990 Gefährlicher Weg durch die Nacht
Cast
 
1990 Abgrund der Gefühle
Cast
 
1988 Der Bastard
Cast
 
1982/1983 Das schöne irre Judenmädchen
Cast
 
1981/1982 Frau Jenny Treibel
Cast
 
1977/1978 Rot, rot, tot
Cast
 
1977 Sylvesternacht
Cast
 
1977 Eine Jugendliebe
Cast
 
1976/1977 Das Schlangenei
Cast
 
1976/1977 Der Mädchenkrieg
Cast
 

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