Max Riemelt was born in Berlin in 1984 and discovered his love for acting whilst at school. After making his debut in Matthias Steurer's TV mini-series Zwei allein in 1988, he followed this a year later with the TV movie Ein Weihnachtsmaerchen and Dana Vavrova's children's adventure film Der Baer ist los. His breakthrough came in 2000 with the role as Flin in Dennis Gansel's teenage comedy Girls on Top (Maedchen Maedchen) and he also appeared that year in Friedemann Fromm's TV movie Brennendes Schweigen. Since then, he has worked regularly for film and television - on Christian von Castelberg's Mein Vater und andere Betrueger (TV, 2001), Dirk Regel's Lottoschein ins Glueck (TV, 2002) and Susanne Irina Zacharias' Hallesche Kometen (2003) as well as episodes of Alarm fuer Cobra 11, Balko and Wolffs Revier. Last year saw Max reprise his role of Flin in Girls on Top 2 (Maedchen Maedchen 2 - Loft oder Liebe), which was directed by Peter Gersina and released in the German cinemas in 2004, and he was cast in the lead role of 17-year-old Friedrich Weimer in Dennis Gansel's Napola (Napola - Elite fuer den Fuehrer). He was awarded the prize for Best Actor at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last July for his performance in Napola and traveled to the Hamptons International Film Festival in October to personally introduce the film in the Films of Conflict and Resolution sidebar (Napola subsequently won the festival's Audience Award). Most recently, Max appeared with Jessica Schwarz in Dominik Graf's Der Rote Kakadu, produced by the Berlin production house X Filme Creative Pool.