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Diane Kruger
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Kruger at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival
Diane Heidkrüger

(1976-07-15) 15 July 1976 (age 44)
Algermissen, West Germany
  • Germany
  • France
  • United States
Years active1992–present
m. 2001; div. 2006)
Partner(s)Joshua Jackson (2006–2016)
Norman Reedus (2016–present)

Diane Kruger (née Heidkrüger; German: [diˈa:nə ˈkru:ɡɐ]; born 15 July 1976) is a German actress and former fashion model. She has played Helen in the epic war film Troy (2004), Dr. Abigail Chase in the heist film National Treasure (2004) and its sequel (2007), Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino's war film Inglourious Basterds (2009), and Gina in the psychological thriller film Unknown (2011). She also starred as Detective Sonya Cross in the FX crime drama series The Bridge (2013–14). In 2017, she made her German-language debut in Fatih Akin's In the Fade, for which she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and Satellite Award for Best Actress.

Early life

Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger on 15 July 1976 in Algermissen, West Germany, near Hildesheim, the daughter of computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, and his wife, Maria-Theresa, a bank employee.[1] She was brought up Roman Catholic[2] and attended Catholic school.[3] She has stated that one of her grandmothers was Polish.[4]

She was brought up in West Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. Her mother sent her to student exchange programmes when she was a teenager to improve her English.[5] As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina[6] and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London, but a knee injury cut her ballet career short. Later, Kruger moved to Paris where she worked as a model and learned French.


Kruger at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Kruger at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

In 1993, Kruger represented Germany in the Elite Model Look[7] and started modelling afterwards. Despite her relatively short stature for a model, she managed to land bookings such as advertisements from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Burberry and Louis Vuitton; runway shows from Marc Jacobs, D&G and Sonia Rykiel as well as appearances on the cover of Vogue Paris, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan to her modeling repertoire.[8] She gradually stopped modelling after deciding to pursue a career in acting.

Kruger became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She made her film debut in 2002, opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV film by Jean-Pierre Roux. The same year, she also starred in her then husband's directorial début 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 more high-profile roles to date is her portrayal of Helen of Sparta in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She was ranked 50th on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005.[9] In 2004, Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean (who co-starred with her in Troy) in the film National Treasure, going on to appear in films 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 at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival
Kruger at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival

Kruger was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[10] Kruger was a jury member of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. The festival is chaired by Costa Gavras.

In 2009, she co-starred as a German actress turned Allied spy in Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds. 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.[11]

Kruger played Anna in Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody. Critical response has praised the film's artistry and Kruger's acting.[12] Kruger made a cameo appearance in an April 2010 episode of the Fox show Fringe, in which her former boyfriend, actor Joshua Jackson, starred. In 2010, Kruger also appeared in Mark Ronson's music video for "Somebody to Love Me", where she plays Boy George.

In the 2011 film Unknown, Kruger starred as Gina, a Bosnian illegal immigrant and key character alongside leading actor Liam Neeson.[13] It was also announced in 2011 that Kruger had replaced Eva Green in the role of Marie Antoinette in the French-language film, Les Adieux à la Reine.[14] In 2012, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[15] The festival is chaired by Nanni Moretti. She starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host, which was released in March 2013.[16] More recently, Kruger portrayed El Paso, Texas, police officer Sonya Cross on FX's The Bridge, which aired in 2013.[17] In 2015, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. In 2016, she co-starred in The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston and John Leguizamo. In 2019, Kruger replaced Marion Cotillard in the spy movie 355.[18]


Kruger is a brand ambassador for Swiss watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre.[19] In December 2009, she was announced as the global "spokesmodel" of L'Oréal.[20] It was announced in May 2010 that she would become the latest face for Calvin Klein's newest fragrance line, Beauty.[21]

Personal life

Kruger is fluent in German, English, and French.[22] In 2013, she became an American citizen.[23] In 1999, she began dating the French actor and director Guillaume Canet.[24] They were married on 1 September 2001.[25] They acted together in Joyeux Noël (2005) and divorced in 2006.[26] Kruger said that the marriage was unsuccessful because their careers had kept them in different parts of the world.[27] She dated actor Joshua Jackson from 2006 to 2016.[28]

During the production of the film Sky, in 2015, Kruger met her co-star for that film, Norman Reedus.[29] The two were first seen together as a couple in July 2016.[30] In November 2018, Kruger gave birth to their daughter, her first and his second child.[31]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2001 Point de lendemain [fr] Agnes French Short subject
2002 Duelles Sabine Episode: "Mauvaise conduite"
<i>The Piano Player</i> [de; fr; ru] Erika Nile English American title: The Target[32][33]
Not For, or Against (Quite the Contrary) A call girl French French title: Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire)
Mon Idole Clara Broustal English title: Whatever You Say
2003 Michel Vaillant Julie Wood
2004 Troy Helen English
Wicker Park Lisa
Narco La fille du night-club French
National Treasure Abigail Chase English
2005 Joyeux Noël Anna Sørensen French, English,
Frankie [fr] Frankie French
2006 Les Brigades du Tigre Constance Radetsky English title: The Tiger Brigades
Copying Beethoven Anna Holtz English
2007 Goodbye Bafana Gloria Gregory
Days of Darkness Véronica Star French French title: L'Âge des ténèbres
The Hunting Party Mirjana English
National Treasure: Book of Secrets Abigail Chase
2008 Anything for Her Lisa French
2009 Inglourious Basterds Bridget von Hammersmark English, French, German
Mr. Nobody Anna English
Farewell Femme jogging French French title: L'Affaire Farewell
2010 Inhale Diane Stanton English
Fringe Miranda Green Episode: "Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver."
Lily Sometimes [fr] Clara French French title: Pieds nus sur les limaces
2011 Unknown Gina English
Forces spéciales Elsa French English title: Special Forces
2012 Farewell, My Queen Queen Marie Antoinette French title: Les adieux à la Reine
Un plan parfait Isabelle English title: A Perfect Plan
2013 The Host The Seeker/Lacey English
Me, Myself and Mum Ingeborg French French title: Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Margret Wittmer English Narration/Voice
2014 The Better Angels Sarah Bush Lincoln
2015 Fathers and Daughters Elizabeth
Disorder Jessie French
Sky Romy English
2016 The Infiltrator Kathy Ertz
2017 In the Fade Katja Sekerci German German title: Aus dem Nichts
All That Divides Us Julia Keller French
2018 JT LeRoy Eva English
Welcome to Marwen Deja Thoris
2019 The Operative[34] Rachel
QT8: The First Eight Herself Documentary film[35]
2021 355 TBA Post-production

TV series

Year Title Role Language Notes
2013–2014 The Bridge Detective Sonya Cross English
2020 Swimming with Sharks TBA English pre-production

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Cannes Film Festival[36] Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation N/A Won
2004 Bambi Award[37] N/A N/A Won
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress National Treasure Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Action, Adventure National Treasure: Book of Secrets Nominated
2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cast Inglourious Basterds Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cast Won
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2013 Newport Beach Film Festival[38] Best Actress Un plan parfait Won
2015 Elle Style Awards Best Movie Actress N/A Won
2017 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress In the Fade Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Won [a]




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