Max Riemelt

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Max Riemelt at the Berlinale 2017

Max Riemelt (born January 7, 1984 in East Berlin ) is a German actor .


Origin and first roles

Max Riemelt was born in Berlin-Mitte . Riemelt gained his first acting experience as a schoolboy - first in the theater group of his school and on the children's theater of a relative. He made his television debut in 1997 in a supporting role in the two-part film A Family to Kiss . By the time Riemelt finished his school career with a secondary school certificate and refused military service in 2007 , he had already played in 27 television and cinema productions. He never went to drama school.

Movie and TV

The productions in which he stood in front of the camera under the direction of Dennis Gansel were important for Riemelt's early artistic development . After a first collaboration on the coming-of-age comedy girl, girl , Gansel cast Max Riemelt in 2004 for the lead role in his drama Napola - Elite for the Führer . In 2005 he received the Best Actor Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his performance . At the Berlinale 2005 , Riemelt was named the German Shooting Star of European Film by the European Film Promotion . Dennis Gansel's remake Die Welle with Max Riemelt in a leading role became the second most successful German film of the year in 2008. Finally, Max Riemelt also played the male lead in Gansel's vampire film We Are the Night in 2009 .

In addition to Dennis Gansel , Dominik Graf is also one of the directors who promoted Riemelt's artistic development. In 2006, Max Riemelt was directed by Dominik Graf and alongside Jessica Schwarz for the love drama Der Rote Kakadu . In 2006 he received the Bavarian Film Prize for best young male actor for his performance . Graf and Riemelt continued their collaboration in 2008 with the shooting of the multi-part crime thriller In the Face of Crime . Although In the Face of the Crime at its television premiere in 2010 the great commercial success failed, the multi-part series, which was extremely positively received by the critics, paved the way for Max Riemelt from a young actor to a character actor: Max Riemelt was awarded the Best German category for his embodiment of the leading role Actors were nominated for the Golden Camera and, as part of the ensemble of actors, received both the German Television Prize in the Special Performance Fiction category and the Grimme Prize .

In television and cinema productions, Riemelt took over as in Dennis Gansel's political thriller The Fourth Power , Stephan Lacant's love drama Freier Fall or Uwe Janson's tragic comedy Auf das Leben! now increasingly character roles and was increasingly engaged for international productions. Riemelt played leading roles in films such as Jeanine Meerapfel's love drama Der deutsche Freund , Eran Riklis ' biopic PlayOff , the Polish war film Warsaw '44 and the love drama Amnesia by French director Barbet Schroeder .

In 2015, Max Riemelt was the only German actor to finally get a leading role in the science fiction series Sense8 produced by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix . In it, Max Riemelt played one of the eight eponymous Sensates in both seasons and in the film Sense8 - Together Until The End , released in 2018, and dubbed himself in the German version. After his collaboration with the Wachowskis, he will also take on a role in "Matrix 4" .


Riemelt is the father of a daughter. He lives in Berlin.


The reference television series means a continuous role in the series. FS - E: means appearance in an episode of that television series.



  • Béatrice Ottersbach, Thomas Schadt , Nina Haun (2007), Max Riemelt: “You have to learn not to define your self-esteem through acting” in Actor Confessions , Uvk

Web links

Commons : Max Riemelt  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Russians, Jews, Mafia and the violence in Berlin , Rüdiger Suchsland, Telepolis , April 27, 2010
  2. Berlin, this is paradise , Verena Lueken, from February 19, 2010
  3. With the Russians there is this pride , Katja Nicodemus and Christof Siemes in conversation with Dominik Graf, Die Zeit , accessed on January 5, 2018
  4. Corso conversation with Max Riemelt about "Sense8": Very demanding for the viewer , Max Riemelt in conversation with Hendrik Efert, Deutschlandfunk , accessed on January 5, 2018
  5. German synchronous index: German synchronous index | Series | Sense8. In: Retrieved November 9, 2016 .
  6. German star at the side of Keanu Reeves: "Matrix 4" brings Max Riemelt on board on January 9, 2020, accessed on June 25, 2020
  7. Daniel Brühl and Max Riemelt receive knighthood , from February 8, 2017, accessed October 31, 2019
  8. ^ Film Prize of the City of Hof , accessed on October 29, 2019.