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Diane Kruger (born 15 July 1976) is a German-American 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 Festivalmarker Chopard Trophy in 2003.

Early life

Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissenmarker, Germanymarker, near Hildesheimmarker. She is the daughter of bank employee Maria-Theresa and computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger. She was raised in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet Schoolmarker in Londonmarker. After an injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Kruger moved to Parismarker 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 speaks German, French, and English.

Acting career

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 60th Cannes Film Festivalmarker in 2007. 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 hit WWII film Inglourious Basterds. Kruger stars in 2010 in the Liam Neeson film "Unknown White Male" alongside January Jones.

Kruger is a brand ambassador for watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Personal life

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.


Year Film Role Other notes no notes !
2001 Point de lendemain Short subject
2002 Duelles Sabine TV episode, Mauvaise conduite
The Piano Player Erika
Not for or Against La call-girl
Mon Idole Clara Broustal
2003 Michel Vaillant Julie Wood
2004 Troy Helen
Wicker Park Lisa
National Treasure Abigail Chase Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Joyeux Noël Anna Sorensen
Frankie Frankie
2006 The Tiger Brigades Constance Radetsky
Copying Beethoven Anna Holtz
2007 Goodbye Bafana Gloria Gregory
Days of Darkness Véronica Star
The Hunting Party Mirjana
National Treasure: Book of Secrets Abigail Chase
2008 Pour Elle Lisa
2009 Mr. Nobody Anna post-production
Inglourious Basterds Bridget von Hammersmark


  • 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Chopard Trophy, Female Revelation - (Won)
  • 2004 Bambi Award, Career - (Won)
  • 2005 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Nomination, Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actress for National Treasure (2004) - (Nominated)


  1. Diane Kruger Biography
  3. Retrieved on 21 December 2007
  4. January Jones and Diane Kruger Join Liam Neeson in Unknown White Male

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