Christian Berkel

Christian Berkel

Highest Rated: 91% Elle (2016)

Lowest Rated: 25% Anti-Social (2015)

Birthday: Oct 28, 1957

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Born in West Berlin, raised in Paris, film and television actor Christian Berkel first won international acclaim for his slow-burning performance as "Prisoner #38" in director Oliver Hirschbiegel's fact-based thriller "Das Experiment." Berkel was by then well-known to German-speaking audiences, having made dozens of '90s TV series appearances, delivering nuanced portrayals of characters who are devious, deeply conflicted, or just downright sinister. He landed on the Hollywood map thanks to his standout turn in Hirschbiegel's Oscar-nominated drama "Downfall," playing Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck, an SS doctor who tends tirelessly to the care and well-being of his patients and confederates during the final, crushing days before Hitler's defeat. Following his brief role in the big-budget thriller "Flightplan," Berkel again donned a Nazi uniform for the Paul Verhoeven-directed World War II-set erotic drama "Black Book"--then again in Spike Lee's drama "Miracle at St. Anna." In the same year, Berkel brought a fairly unexplored dimension to the Third Reich canon, playing real-life SS officer (and Resistance fighter) Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim, opposite Tom Cruise, in the plot-to-kill-Hitler actioner "Valkyrie." Berkel won raves for playing another actual SS officer, Gestapo leader Karl-Heinz Hoffmann, in the critically acclaimed Danish thriller "Flame and Citron." Amusingly breaking from type, Berkel appeared in Quentin Tarantino's plot-to-kill-Hitler actioner, "Inglourious Basterds," not as a Nazi, but as a shotgun-wielding tavern owner. With his career in European and American cinema thriving, in 2006 Berkel scored his first major TV series lead, starring as the hero of the popular German crime procedural "Der Kriminalist."

Highest rated movies

Flame & Citron
Black Book
Safe Conduct
The Experiment
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Kids: Three Unlikely Heroes Louis Ziffer (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 100% What Doesn't Kill Us Mark (Character) - 2018
91% 73% Elle Robert (Character) $2.3M 2016
25% 26% Anti-Social Philip (Character) - 2015
75% 79% Trumbo Otto Preminger (Character) $7.9M 2015
68% 73% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Udo (Character) $45.4M 2015
86% 82% Flame & Citron Hoffmann (Character) $145.1K 2008
62% 65% Valkyrie Mertz von Quirnheim (Character) $83.1M 2008
No Score Yet 76% Mogadischu Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Haber Fritz Haber (Character) - 2008
76% 87% Black Book General Kautner (Character) $4.4M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Storm Tide Innensenator Helmut Schmidt (Character) - 2006
38% 71% Guys and Balls Rudolf (Character) $28.2K 2004
90% 94% Downfall Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck (Character) $5.5M 2004
No Score Yet 62% Soundless Unknown (Character) - 2004
76% 79% Safe Conduct Dr. Greven (Character) $26.6K 2002
72% 88% The Experiment Steinhoff (Character) $141.1K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gates of Fire Unknown (Character) - 1996


No Score Yet No Score Yet NSU: German History X Amor (Character) 2016