Niels Arestrup

Niels Arestrup

Highest Rated: 100% I, You, She, He (1974)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Feb 8, 1949

Birthplace: Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

Since the 1960s, French-Danish actor Niels Arestrup has played shady and corrupt characters in everything from theatrical stage productions to feature films. After graduating from high school, Arestrup trained at the prestigious drama academy founded by Russian actress Tania Balachova. He began acting in the theater, and by the early 1970s had transitioned to film and TV with a steady stream of supporting roles in films like "Stavisky...," about a charismatic con man who almost touches off a civil war in 1930s France; and the political comedy thriller "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." By the end of the '80s, he had moved on from background supporting roles to more substantial parts: he was cast as an antagonistic mercenary in the "Dirty Dozen"-inspired action adventure film "Les loups entre eux," and played a fascist-sympathizing police commander in the political thriller "La Rumba." After spending several years appearing in made-for-TV movies and low-profile thrillers, Arestrup reignited his career in 2005 with a searing performance in Jacques Audiard's BAFTA-winning crime film "The Beat that My Heart Skipped." Arestrup brought a weary toughness to his role as Robert Seyr, a career criminal and deadbeat landlord who forces his son to serve as his enforcer. He later portrayed a viciously cunning Corsican crime boss in Audiard's critically-acclaimed prison drama "A Prophet," and has also appeared as a former hostage victim in the 2007 biopic "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and as a kindly grandfather in Steven Spielberg's World War I epic "War Horse."

Highest rated movies

Meeting Venus
I, You, She, He
See You up There
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Our Children
You Will Be My Son
The Big Picture




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case Luc Germon (Character) - 2019
78% 64% At Eternity's Gate Madman (Character) $2.3M 2018
94% 83% See You up There Marcel Péricourt (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Montauk Walter (Character) - 2017
46% 46% Return to Montauk Unknown (Character) - 2017
34% 28% By the Sea Michel (Character) $531.0K 2015
94% 80% Diplomacy Général von Choltitz (Character) $230.9K 2014
No Score Yet 13% 96 heures Victor Kancel (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet So Long, Africa Jacques (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dune Reuven (Character) - 2013
62% 55% The French Minister Claude Maupas (Character) $3.8K 2013
93% 69% Our Children André Pinget (Character) $5.5K 2012
89% 69% You Will Be My Son Paul (Character) $221.2K 2011
No Score Yet 74% War Horse Grandfather (Character) $79.9M 2011
No Score Yet 64% Small World Thomas Senn (Character) - 2010
72% 82% Sarah's Key Jules Dufaure (Character) $7.7M 2010
86% 63% The Big Picture Bartholomé (Character) $158.4K 2010
86% 76% Farewell Vallier (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 89% A Prophet César Luciani (Character) $2.1M 2009
94% 92% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Roussin (Character) $6.0M 2007
No Score Yet 33% The Candidate Unknown (Character),
- 2007
No Score Yet 84% The Beat That My Heart Skipped Robert (Character) $1.0M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lulu Kreutz's Picnic Jascha Steg (Character) $4.8K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Secret Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sacrifice for Love Oskar de Wilno (Character) - 1992
100% 75% Meeting Venus Zoltan Szanto (Character) $940.1K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sincerely Charlotte Mathieu (Character) $372.6K 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet La danse de mort Kurt (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Chance Henri Lanot (Character) - 1976
100% 67% I, You, She, He Truck Driver (Character) - 1974


No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Marleau Director 2017