Frederick Lau

Frederick Lau

Additional Names: Fred Lau (Schreibvariante); Friedrich Lau (Schreibvariante)
Darsteller
*17.08.1989 Berlin (West)

Biography

Frederick Lau was born August 17, 1989, in Berlin. At young age, he played ice hockey as a team member of the school team of the "Berlin Capitols" and wanted to become a professional ice hockey player. But at the age of ten, Lau became interested in acting. In 1999, he made his TV debut in the episode "Der große Bruder" of the TV series "Achterbahn". He then starred in several smaller roles, for instance in Andreas Dresen's police drama "Die Polizistin" ("The Policewoman", 2000), or in Olaf Kaiser's satire "Drei Stern Rot" ("3 Star Red", 2001).

Lau played his first leading role in "Der Brief des Kosmonauten" ("The Cosmonaut's Letter", 2002), where he played a 10-year-old runaway who finds a new friend in a Russian hedonist. He then starred in supporting roles in several major German productions such as Franziska Buch's "Bibi Blocksberg und das Geheimnis der blauen Eulen" ("Bibi Blocksberg and the Secret of the Blue Owls") and Joseph Vilsmaier's "Bergkristall" ("Rock Crystal"). He also played a leading role in the TV production "Wer küsst schon einen Leguan?" ("Secondhand Child"). For his portrayal of 13 year old Tobias who craves nothing more than a father, Lau won the Best actor's award of the children's jury at the 14th children's film and TV festival "Goldener Spatz" in 2005.

2007 saw Lau once more in a leading role on the big screen: In Andreas Kleinert's morbid small town thriller "Freischwimmer" ("Head Under Water") he played the outsider Rico who is drawn into a series of murders. He then belonged to the cast of "Die Welle" ("The Wave"), Dennis Gansel's film adaptation of a social experiment about dictatorship that was based on a true story. In 2008, Lau won the German film award as best supporting actor for his performance in "Die Welle".

Following the success of "Die Welle", he appeared in a string of highly varying roles: He played the deserter son of the female protagonist in the post-war drama "Die Entdeckung der Currywurst" ("The Invention of the Curried Sausage", 2008) and an obedient servant in Julie Delpy's "Die Gräfin" ("The Countess", 2009), followed by his portrayal of a dark and mysterious teenager who lives outside of society's norms in "Was Du nicht siehst" ("What You Don't See") and his intense performance as a sadistic juvenile prisoner in the drama "Picco" (2010).

Lau won the Grimme Award and the Bavarian Television Award for his portrayal of Frank Lehmann in Hermine Huntgeburth's adaptation of the best-selling novel "Neue Vahr Süd" (2010, TV). His TV appearances also include the comedy show "Die Snobs" (2010) and several entries in the "Tatort" series.

Following supporting roles in "Türkisch für Anfänger" (2012) and the sleeper hit "Oh Boy" ("A Coffee in Berlin", 2012), Lau convincingly played a school dropout who runs away with a grief-stricken girl in the drama "Das Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge" ("Life Is Not For Cowards", 2012). Next, he was cast as the male lead in Cüneyt Kaya's debut "Ummah – Unter Freunden", which was released in 2013. In the film, Lau plays an undercover agent who infiltrates a right-wing extremist group, is exposed and eventually has to hide in the Turkish-Arabian community of Berlin.

Lau had a memorable supporting role as the humorous male-nurse who takes care of Dieter Hallervorden's character in "Sein letztes Rennen" ("Back On Track", 2013), and he went on to play a carefree student who suddenly has to look after his grandmother in the made-for-TV drama "Nichts für Feiglinge" (2013). He next appeared as a bank clerk taken hostage in the TV thriller "Ein todsicherer Plan", and played a gang member in the acclaimed feature film release "Wir waren Könige" ("The Kings Surrender", 2014).

After proving his knack for comedy in Marco Kreuzpaintner's "Coming In" (2014), he portrayed an East-German army officer in the TV production "Bornholmer Straße" (2014). 2015 also started as a busy year for Lau with roles in the comedies "3 Türken und ein Baby" and "Traumfrauen", the latter being the directorial debut of Anika Decker, the screenwriter of "KeinOhrHasen". Lau was also one of the leads in Sebastian Schipper's "Victoria", which premiered at the 2015 Berlin IFF. He next starred opposite Tom Schilling in Oskar Roehler's "Tod den Hippies, es lebe der Punk", playing a young man from the countryside who rebels against the dominant hippie culture of the early 1980s by becoming a punk.

He went on to star in the TV productions "Nachspielzeit" (2015) and "Starfighter - Sie wollten den Himmel erobern" (2015), and also had a supporting role in the theatrical release "Outside the Box" (2015). In 2016, Lau played the heir to a family junkyard in "Schrotten!" ("Scrappin'"), and the hopelessly romantic son of a womanizer in "Wie Männer über Frauen reden". Moreover, he embodied the character of Peter Munk in a new adaptation of the fairy tale "Das kalte Herz" (2016), and had starring roles in the romance "SMS für Dich" (2016) and the body switch comedy "Seitenwechsel" (2016).


Filmography

2017/2018 Wuff - Folge dem Hund
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2017 Der Hauptmann
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2017 Spielmacher
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2016/2017 Gutland
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2016/2017 Simpel
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2016/2017 4 Blocks
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2015/2016 Das kalte Herz
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2015/2016 SMS für dich
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2015-2017 La Deutsche Vita
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2015 Mordkommission Berlin 1
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2014/2015 Outside the Box
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2014/2015 Victoria
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2014/2015 Traumfrauen
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2014/2015 3 Türken & 1 Baby
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2014/2015 Oskarreif
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2014/2015 Tod den Hippies!! Es lebe der Punk
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2014-2016 Seitenwechsel
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2014-2016 Schrotten!
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2014 Bornholmer Straße
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2013/2014 Nachspielzeit
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2013/2014 Coming In
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2013 Besuch im Wald
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2013 Nicht mein Tag
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2013 Ummah - Unter Freunden
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2012/2013 Impuls
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2012/2013 Sein letztes Rennen
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2012-2016 Wie Männer über Frauen reden
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2012-2014 Wir waren Könige
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2011/2012 Das Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge
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2011/2012 Der Wald steht schwarz und schweiget
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2011/2012 Türkisch für Anfänger
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2011 Hotel Desire
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2010/2011 Eine bessere Welt
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2010-2012 Oh Boy
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2010 Neue Vahr Süd
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2009/2010 GO WEST - Freiheit um jeden Preis
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2009/2010 Picco
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2008/2009 Was Du nicht siehst
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2008/2009 Die Gräfin
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2008 Der neue Tag
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2007/2008 Müll
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2007/2008 Die Welle
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2007/2008 Die Entdeckung der Currywurst
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2007 Bevor es dunkel wird
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2006/2007 Freischwimmer
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2006/2007 An die Grenze
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2006 Die Mauer - Berlin '61
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2005/2006 Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger
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2005/2006 Die Mutter von Monte Carlo
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2004/2005 Unkenrufe
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2004 Bergkristall
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2004 Handy-Fieber
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2004 Sterne leuchten auch am Tag
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2003/2004 Bibi Blocksberg und das Geheimnis der blauen Eulen
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2003 Wer küsst schon einen Leguan?
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2003 Rotlicht IV - Im Dickicht der Großstadt
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2002 Das fliegende Klassenzimmer
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2001/2002 Der Brief des Kosmonauten
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2000/2001 Drei Stern Rot
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