Diane Kruger (born 15 July 1976) is
a German actress and former fashion model. She gained world-wide
recognition by starring in blockbuster films such as Troy, National
Treasure and Inglourious Basterds. She won the Cannes Film Festival
Chopard Trophy in 2003.
Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, Germany, near Hildesheim.
She is the daughter of bank employee Maria-Theresa and computer specialist
Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger. Her father had problems with alcohol and this
prompted her not to drink alcohol before she turned 20. Her mother sent
her to student exchange programmes when she was a teenager to perfect her
English. She was raised in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan born
09.05.1978. As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina and
successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London. After an
injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Kruger moved to Paris and
turned her energies toward modeling.
In 1992, at the age of 16, Kruger was a finalist in Elite's "Look of the
Year" competition. She returned to Germany and became a successful model
in the mid-1990s in Germany and France.
Kruger soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours
Florent. She landed some small appearances in several French films. She
then shortened her surname to ease her film career.
She made her onscreen debut in 2002 opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher
Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV-movie by Jean-Pierre Roux. Her first
major role was the same year when she starred in her then husband's
directorial debut "Mon Idole". She played Julie Wood in 2003's Michel
Valliant and Lisa in Wicker Park (2004), alongside Josh Hartnett and Rose
Byrne. One of her most notable roles to date is her portrayal of Helen in
Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She was ranked Number 50 on the Maxim Hot
100 Women of 2005.
In 2004, Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean (who co-starred
with her in Troy) in the popular film National Treasure, going on to
appear in movies such as Joyeux Noël (2005) and Copying Beethoven (2006).
She reprised her role as Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure: Book of
Secrets, released in December 2007.
Kruger was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007
Cannes Film Festival. She was also a member of the jury of the 59th Berlin
International Film Festival in 2008.
In 2009, she co-starred as a German actress turned saboteur in Quentin
Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds. Kruger stars in 2010 in the Liam
Neeson film "Unknown White Male" alongside January Jones.
In December 2009, she announced the nominations of the 67th Golden Globe
Awards and also picked up nominations from the Screen Actors Guild for
Best Supporting Actress and Outstanding Performance by a Cast of a Motion
Picture for her role in Inglourious Basterds.
After having dated since 1999, she married French actor and director
Guillaume Canet on 1 September 2001. They divorced in 2006, but acted
alongside one another in Joyeux Noël.
She has been in a relationship with Joshua Jackson since 2006.
She follows a Catholic religion.
Besides her mother tongue German, Kruger speaks fluent French and English.
"With Wolfgang Petersen, we
were always the only two ready at time and the first on the set
during the filming of Troy. The German rigour without a doubt."
"It was something strange for me, to kiss Orlando. I was so
embarassed! It is not as fun as people think to shoot love scenes.
You feel vulnerable, and there are about 100 people looking at you."
"I'm a little bit worried about this sudden success. I am quite
independent and I'm afraid that this privilege could escape from
"Her beauty didn't do her any good and she couldn't use it in any
positive way or manipulative way." - on Helen of Troy.
Unknown White Male (2011)
Pieds nus sur les limaces (2010) .... Clara
Mr. Nobody (2009/I) .... Anna / Anna #2
L'affaire Farewell (2009) .... Femme jogging
... aka Farewell (International: English title)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) .... Bridget von Hammersmark
Lascars (2009) (voice) .... Clémence Santiepi
... aka Round Da Way (Europe: English title: festival title)
Pour elle (2008) .... Lisa
... aka Anything for Her (International: English title)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) .... Abigail Chase
... aka National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (South Africa: English
title: DVD box title) (USA: DVD box title)
... aka National Treasure 2 (Australia)
The Hunting Party (2007) .... Mirjana
... aka Lov u Bosni (Croatia)
L'âge des ténčbres (2007) .... Véronica Star
... aka Days of Darkness (Canada: English title)
... aka The Age of Ignorance (International: English title)
Goodbye Bafana (2007) .... Gloria Gregory
... aka Detenuto 46664 (Italy)
... aka Goodbye Bafana (Germany)
... aka Il colore della liberta' (Italy)
... aka The Color of Freedom (USA: DVD title)
Copying Beethoven (2006) .... Anna Holtz
... aka Klang der Stille (Germany)
Les brigades du Tigre (2006) .... Constance Radetsky
... aka The Tiger Brigades (Australia: TV title)
Frankie (2005) .... Frankie
Joyeux Noël (2005) (as Diane Krüger) .... Anna Sörensen
... aka Merry Christmas (UK) (USA)
... aka Happy Christmas (International: English title)
National Treasure (2004) .... Abigail Chase
... aka Sonomo (Philippines: English title: review title)
Narco (2004) .... La fille du night-club
... aka Narco: The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp
(International: English title: long title)
... aka The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp (International:
Wicker Park (2004) .... Lisa
Troy (2004) .... Helen
Michel Vaillant (2003) .... Julie Wood
Mon idole (2002) .... Clara Broustal
... aka Anything You Say (Australia: TV title)
... aka My Idol (USA: festival title)
... aka Whatever You Say (International: English title)
Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) (2002) .... La call-girl
... aka Not for or Against... (USA: DVD title)
... aka Personne n'est comme tout le monde (France)
The Piano Player (2002) .... Erika
... aka The Target (Canada: English title) (USA: video title)
... aka The Piano Player - Brennende Seelen vergessen nie (Germany:
"Duelles" .... Sabine (1 episode, 2002)
- Mauvaise conduite (2002) TV episode .... Sabine