Tristan Göbel was born in 2002 and made his screen debut at the age of four in the comedy "Reine Formsache" ("A Mere Formality", 2006). Following another bit part in "Goethe!" ("Young Goethe in Love", 2010), he played supporting characters in the TV series "Spreewaldkrimi" (2011) and the horror film "Zimmer 205 – Traust Du dich rein?" ("205: Room of Fear", 2011). He next had his first leading role in Christian Schwochow's drama "Westen" ("West", 2013). After appearing in the children's film "Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten" ("The Pasta Detectives", 2014), Göbel was one of the leads in "Winnetous Sohn" (2015).

Following supporting roles in the TV production "Simon sagt auf Wiedersehen zu seiner Vorhaut" (2015) and the theatrical release "Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein" ("Rico, Oskar and the Mysterious Stone", 2016), Göbel delivered an acclaimed lead performance as the teenage outcast Maik in Fatih Akin's adaptation of the bestselling novel "Tschick" ("Goodbye Berlin", 2016).

Tristan Göbel next starred opposite Georg Friedrich in Thomas Arslan's "Helle Nächte"("Bright Nights"), which premiered at the 2017 Berlin IFF.

After smaller roles in "Fack Ju Göhte 3" ("Suck Me Shakespeer 3", 2017) and the children's film "Matti und Sami und die drei größten Fehler des Universums" ("Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes in the Universe", 2018), Göbel again made a film with Fatih Akin: in the controversially discussed serial killer portrait "Der goldene Handschuh" ("The Golden Glove"), he played a wealthy teenager who wants to impress a schoolmate by taking her to a dark neighborhood bar in Hamburg. Director Thomas Stuber cast him in the horror series "Hausen" (2020) as a teenager who meets a demonic being in his prefabricated apartment block.