Cast
Berlin

Biography

Lars Eidinger, born 1976, attended actor's training at Berlin's Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch from 1995 to 1999. He performed at Berlin's Deutsches Theater already during his time at drama school in the theatre season 1997/98. After his graduation, Eidinger became a cast member of Berlin's Schaubühne. To date, he remains a member of the cast. At Schaubühne, Eidinger appeared in a number of modern classic plays like "Hamlet", "A Streetcar named Desire", or "A Doll's House".

After a minor role in the TV series "Berlin Berlin" in 2003, Lars Eidinger occasionally starred in smaller movie and TV roles. In 2009, he caused a stir with his first leading role on the movie screen in Maren Ade's award-winning relationship drama "Alle Anderen" ("Everyone Else"). He got another leading role in Stefan Kornatz' lauded TV feature film "Verhältnisse", starring alongside Devid Striesow, Nicolette Krebitz and Anna Schudt. In 2011, he appeared in three releases: In the Dutch production "Code Blue", the apocalyptic thriller "Hell" and in Hendrik Handloegten's "Das Fenster zum Sommer".

The next year saw the release of the 2011 production "Tabu – Es ist die Seele ein Fremdes auf Erden". In the film, Eidinger plays legendary Austrian poet Georg Trakl, who lives in a clandestine romantic relationship with his sister. In Hans-Christian Schmid's "Was bleibt" ("Home For The Weekend", 2012), he plays a young man who has to witness the emotional meltdown of his parents during a weekend stay. This performance and his turn in "Tabu" ("Tabu: The Soul Is a Stranger on Earth") garnered Eidinger the 2012 Award of German Film Critics.

The same year, he guest-starred in the "Tatort" episode "Borowski und der stille Gast" and played a supporting role in Peter Greenaway's "Goltzius and the Pelican Company" (NL/F/UK/HRV). Eidinger went on to star in several TV productions, including "Grenzgang" (2013), Sylke Enders' "Du bist dran" (2013), and the acclaimed "Polizeiruf 110" episode "Der Tod macht Engel aus uns allen" (2013), for which he received a nomination at the German Television Awards. Eidinger next played the role of Siegfried Wagner in "Der Wagner-Clan. Eine Familiengeschichte" (2013, TV) and portrayed a convicted murderer who plans to become a priest in the made-for-TV drama "Der Prediger" (2013, TV).

Eidinger, who continued as a company player at the Berliner Schaubühne, returned to the big screen in Olivier Assayas' "Die Wolken von Sils Maria" ("The Clouds of Sils Maria"), in which he starred opposite Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. This was followed by leading roles in "Sworn Virgin" ("Vergine giurata", 2015), which premiered at the Berlin IFF, and "DORA oder die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern" ("Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents", 2015). Critics also praised his performance as the estranged son of a despotic father (Günther Maria Halmer) in Lars Kraume's "Familienfest" (2015). On stage, Eidinger starred in a 2015 production of Shakespeare's "Richard III" at the Schaubühne Berlin.

Again teaming up with director Olivier Assayas, he played the mysterious lover of a fashion designer in the award-winning "Personal Shopper" (FR/DE/BE 2016). The same year, he was one of the leads in the controversial TV drama "Terror – Ihr Urteil". Lars Eidinger next starred in the 2017 tragicomedy "Die Blumen von gestern" ("Bloom of Yesterday", DE/AT 2016), in which he plays a historian who is confronted by a feisty female intern and begins to question his life. For this role he received a Deutscher Filmpreis nomination and was awarded the Österreichischer Filmpreis.

In 2017, Lars Eidinger starred in a number of international productions, such as in the British series "SS-GB", a fictitious story about an England occupied by Nazis as well as in the second season of the American sci-fi-thriller series "Sense8", where he played a supporting role as an underworld boss. He also made appearances in the French film "Maryline" and portrayed Emperor Nicholas II in the Russian period drama "Matilda".

He also remained a popular face in German productions, playing an influential son of an entrepreneur in the series "Babylon Berlin" (2017) and Bertolt Brecht in "Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm" ("Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film"). In Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "Werk ohne Autor" ("Never Look Away", 2018), he played a visitor guide in a Nazi exhibition on "degenerate art" and a psychopathic kidnapper in Christian Alvart's thriller "Abgeschnitten" (2018).