August Diehl was awarded Best Actor of 2005 by the German Film Critics Association for his performance as the daring aristocrat Gunther in Achim von Borries' LOVE IN THOUGHTS / Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken. He was also recently acclaimed for his performance as a young SS officer with a surprising past in Volker Schlöndorff's 2004 film THE NINTH DAY / DER NEUNTE TAG.
Diehl, named a "European Shooting Star" in 2000, made his feature film debut in 1998 as computer hacker Karl Koch in Hans-Christian Schmid's thriller 23. Still a student at Berlin's renowned Ernst Busch Acting Academy, Diehl was awarded both the Bavarian Film Award and German Film Prize for "Best New Actor".
Diehl recently had a leading role in the TV films KABALE UND LIEBE (dir. Leander Haussman). His other leading film role credits include Robert Schwentke's thriller TATOO and Marceline Loridan Ivens' THE BIRCH TREE MEADOW / BIRKENAU UND ROSENFELS and Rainer Kaufmann's KALT IST DER ABENDHAUCH / COLD IS THE BREATH OF EVENING.
Diehl received the 2001 Alfred-Kerr Theater Prize for his performance as Kostja in Luc Bondys acclaimed staging of DIE MÖWE at Vienna's Burgtheater. Other theater credits include Peter Zadek's GESÄUBERT (Hamburg, Berlin) and Michael Gruner's DAS LEBEN - EIN TRAUM (Dortmund).
Born in 1976 in Berlin, Diehl is the son of German actor Hans Diehl. His parents' professional lives resulted in moves to several cities, including Vienna, Paris, Hamburg and Düsseldorf.
Diehl will soon be seen in Margarethe von Trotta's feature ICH BIN DIE ANDERE.