Matthias Brandt

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Matthias Brandt at the opening of the Berlinale 2009

Matthias Frederik Brandt (born October 7, 1961 in West Berlin ) is a German actor .


Matthias Brandt is the youngest son of the former German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his wife Rut . His brothers are the historian Peter Brandt and the writer and filmmaker Lars Brandt . His older half-sister Ninja (* 1940) comes from Willy Brandt's first marriage (1941–1948) with Carlota Thorkildsen.

Brandt studied acting at the Hanover University of Music and Drama . After his first engagement at the Oldenburg State Theater in 1985, he was a member of the ensembles of the following theaters: Staatstheater Wiesbaden , Nationaltheater Mannheim , Schauspiel Bonn , Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel , Renaissance-Theater Berlin , Schauspielhaus Zürich , Schauspielhaus Bochum and Schauspiel Frankfurt .

Since 2000, Brandt can also be seen regularly in television roles. In 2003 he played the role of Günter Guillaume in the television film Im Schatten der Macht , which describes the last days before Willy Brandt's resignation from the office of Federal Chancellor . In 2005 he played a less gifted father at Juliane Köhler's side in the TV film In Matters Kaminski . He has received several awards for his performance. Matthias Brandt also appears as a speaker for audio books, for example in the audio version of the novel Halbschatten by Uwe Timm . He was also heard as a narrator in the award-winning documentary Our Oceans .

In 2010, Brandt shot his first film as a Munich inspector in the crime series Polizeiruf 110, directed by Dominik Graf . Together with Anna Maria Sturm , he succeeded Jörg Hube and Stefanie Stappenbeck from 2011 . For his portrayal of Commissioner Hanns von Meuffels , he won the Bambi and in 2013 the Bavarian TV Prize for best male leading actor . In August 2018 it was announced that Verena Altenberger would succeed him in Police Call 110 in 2019 .

His first book was published in September 2016. It is titled Raumpatrouille and contains autobiographical stories from his childhood. His novel Blackbird followed in August 2019 .

Brandt is married and has a daughter.

Filmography (selection)

Police call 110

Audiobooks (selection)




  • Germany, your artists - Matthias Brandt. Documentary, Germany, 2012, 45 min., Script and direction: Helge Trimpert and Inga Wolfram, production: SWR , first broadcast: July 25, 2012 in Das Erste , synopsis by ARD.


Web links

Commons : Matthias Brandt  - Gallery page of photos
Commons : Matthias Brandt  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Munzinger archive : Matthias Brandt, German theater and television actor (beginning of article) , accessed on January 21, 2011
  2. Verena Altenberger replaces Matthias Brandt at "Polizeiruf 110" . Article dated August 12, 2018, accessed August 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Kiepenheuer & Witsch, ISBN 978-3-462-04567-3
  4. September 6, 2016 / Julia Encke : My father just had a strange job (review)
  5. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, ISBN 978-3-462-05313-5
  6. Dorothea Grass: Matthias Brandt - Better late than never ( Memento from December 4, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), Arte Magazin , October 30, 2008
  7. Why actually "Smoke on the Water"? , FAZ review of October 20, 2014, accessed October 20, 2014
  8. Oliver Overhott: Matthias Brandt nominated for German Television Award , WAZ , September 18, 2012
  9. Hessian Film and Cinema Prize: Nominations 2018 . Article dated September 21, 2018, accessed September 23, 2018.