Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Kruger at the Peabody Awards in 2014
Born Diane Heidkrüger
(1976-07-15) 15 July 1976
Algermissen, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1992–present
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Spouse(s) Guillaume Canet (m. 2001–06)

Diane Kruger (German pronunciation: [diˈa:nə ˈkru:ɡɐ]; born Diane Heidkrüger; 15 July 1976) is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in the epic war film Troy (2004), Dr. Abigail Chase in the adventure/heist film National Treasure (2004) and its sequel (2007), Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino's war film Inglourious Basterds (2009), Anna in the sci-fi drama Mr. Nobody (2009), Gina in the psychological thriller film Unknown (2011), and Jessie in the drama-thriller Disorder (2015). She also portrayed Marie Antoinette in the French-language film Farewell, My Queen (2012) and starred as Detective Sonya Cross in the FX crime drama series The Bridge.

Personal life

She was born as Diane Heidkrüger on 15 July 1976 in Algermissen, West Germany, in the west, near Hildesheim, the daughter of computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, and his wife, Maria-Theresa, a bank employee.[2] She was brought up Roman Catholic[3] and attended Catholic school.[4] She has stated that one of her grandmothers was Polish.[5]

She was brought up in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. Her mother sent her to student exchange programmes when she was a teenager to improve her English.[6] As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina[7] 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 energy toward modelling and learning French.

Kruger is fluent in German, English and French. She is a permanent resident of the United States.[8]

In 1999, she dated the French actor and director Guillaume Canet.[9] They were married on 1 September 2001.[10] They acted together in Joyeux Noël (2005) and divorced in 2006.[11] Kruger said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them in different parts of the world.[12]

She dated actor Joshua Jackson in 2006.[13] During an interview with magazine Glamour, she said, "Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don't believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. There's no paper that will make you stay. A guy friend of mine said, and it made a lot of sense, that people should get married at the end of the road, not the beginning."[14] Jackson has expanded on this point by saying in an interview that one of the reasons that they had not married is that neither were religious. They ended their relationship in 2016.[15] She is a friend of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.[16] Kruger divides her time among Paris, Vancouver and Los Angeles.


Kruger at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Kruger at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival

In 1992, Kruger represented Germany in the Elite Model Look[17] 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.[1] 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. Her first major acting role was the same year when she 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.[18] 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 was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[19] 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.[20]

Kruger played Anna in Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody. Critical response has praised the film's artistry and Kruger's acting.[21] Kruger made a cameo appearance in an April 2010 episode of the Fox show Fringe, in which her boyfriend, actor Joshua Jackson, is a star. 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.[22] 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.[23] In 2012, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[24] 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.[25] More recently, Kruger portrayed El Paso, Texas, police officer Sonya Cross on FX's The Bridge, which aired in 2013.[26]

In 2015 she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Point de lendemain Short subject
2002 Duelles Sabine Episode: "Mauvaise conduite"
2002 The Piano Player Erika
2002 Not For, or Against (Quite the Contrary) A call girl French title: Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire)
2002 Mon Idole Clara Broustal English title: Whatever You Say
2003 Michel Vaillant Julie Wood
2004 Troy Helen
2004 Wicker Park Lisa
2004 Narco La fille du night-club
2004 National Treasure Abigail Chase
2005 Joyeux Noël Anna Sørensen
2005 Frankie Frankie
2006 Les Brigades du Tigre Constance Radetsky English title: The Tiger Brigades
2006 Copying Beethoven Anna Holtz
2007 Goodbye Bafana Gloria Gregory
2007 Days of Darkness Véronica Star French title: L'Âge des ténèbres
2007 The Hunting Party Mirjana
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Abigail Chase
2008 Anything for Her Lisa
2009 Inglourious Basterds Bridget von Hammersmark
2009 Mr. Nobody Anna
2010 Inhale Diane Stanton
2010 Fringe Miranda Green Episode: "Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver."
2010 Lily Sometimes Clara French title: Pieds nus sur les limaces
2011 Unknown Gina
2011 Forces spéciales Elsa English title: Special Forces
2012 Farewell, My Queen Queen Marie Antoinette
2012 Un plan parfait Isabelle English title: A Perfect Plan
2013 The Host The Seeker/Lacey
2013 Me, Myself and Mum Ingeborg French title: Les Garçons et Guillaume, table!
2013 The Better Angels Sarah Bush Lincoln[27]
2013 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Margret Wittmer Narration/Voice
2013–2014 The Bridge Detective Sonya Cross TV series
2015 Fathers and Daughters Elizabeth
2015 Disorder Jessie
2015 Sky Romy
2016 The Infiltrator Kathy Ertz

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Cannes Film Festival[28] Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation N/A Won
2004 Bambi Award[29] N/A N/A Won
2004 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
2009 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast Inglourious Basterds Won
2009 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cast Inglourious Basterds Won
2009 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Inglourious Basterds Nominated
2009 Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Inglourious Basterds Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Inglourious Basterds Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Inglourious Basterds Nominated
2013 Newport Beach Film Festival[30] Best Actress Un plan parfait Won
2015 Elle Style Awards Best Movie Actress Won



Kruger is a brand ambassador for Swiss watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre.[32] In December 2009, she was announced as the global "spokesmodel" of L'Oréal.[33] It was announced in May 2010 that she would become the latest face for Calvin Klein's newest fragrance line, Beauty.[34]


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