Daniel Brühl

Daniel Brühl Biography

Actor, Film Actor (1978–)
European actor Daniel Brühl starred as famous Formula One driver Niki Lauda in Rush (2013), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination.


Born in Spain in 1978, actor Daniel Brühl started his career in Germany. One of his breakthrough roles was in 2003's Good Bye Lenin!. The following year, Brühl starred in The Edukators. American audiences got one of their first glimpses of him in the 2007 thriller The Bourne Ultimatum. Since then, Brühl has starred in such films as The Fifth Estate (2013) and Rush (2013).

Early Life and Career

Born Daniel César Martin Brühl Gonzalez Domingo on June 16, 1978, in Barcelona, Spain, actor Daniel Brühl grew up around the entertainment business. His German father, Hanno Brühl, was a successful documentarian and director. His mother was Spanish so he spoke two languages from the start. He later add English to his linguistic repertoire.

After starting out in theater, Brühl made his first movie when he was a teenager. He worked steadily in television and film before landing his breakthrough role in Good Bye Lenin! (2003). In this German comedy, directed by Wolfgang Becker, Brühl stars as a son who tries to convince his mother that East Germany is still in existence after she wakes from a coma. More leading roles soon followed, including portraying an anti-capitalist activist who gets involved in a kidnapping in The Edukators (2004). He played another political rebel, this time a Spanish anarchist, in Salvador (2006).

Actor on the Rise

Brühl had his first international hit with a small role in the 2007 action thriller The Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon. Two years later, he appeared in another major film, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009). Brühl also had more substantial roles in several Julie Delpy films around this time, including 2 Days in Paris (2007) and The Countess (2009).

In 2013, Brühl's career really caught fire with two high-profile projects. He plays former WikiLeaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The film explores the early days of the controversial organization. Brühl also starred with Chris Hemsworth in the real-life car racing drama Rush directed by Ron Howard. Brühl played Formula One driver Niki Lauda in the film with Hemsworth as Lauda's rival James Hunt. For his work on the film, Brühl received a Golden Globe nomination.

Brühl continues to be in demand. He has a featured role in the upcoming thriller A Most Wanted Man, also starring Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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