Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo was born on June 16, 1978. He is a German actor.
Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain, and is the son of German stage director Hanno Brühl and a Catalan professor. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany where he grew up. He was raised in a fully bilingual home, and so speaks both German and Spanish fluently as well as Catalan.
Brühl began acting at a young age, and made his international breakthrough role in 2003 as Alex Kerner in the Golden Globe-nominated film Good Bye Lenin!, which reached an estimated six million cinema-goers world-wide. He made his English-speaking film debut in 2004's Ladies in Lavender, starring alongside British acting legends Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
In 2003, Brühl won the European Film Academy award trophies for Best Actor (Critics/Audience Awards) for Good Bye Lenin!. On the following year, he won again the Peoples Choice trophy for Best Actor in the same award giving body for the film Love in Thoughts while at the same time, he was nominated for Best Actor (critics) for The Edukators. In 2006, he was invited as one of the short film and Cinéfondation juries in the Cannes Film Festival. In September 2006, his Cannes-nominated film Salvador (Puig Antich) premiered in Spain. In the film, he played Salvador Puig Antich, a Catalan anarchist executed in the Franco era.
Brühl's upcoming projects include the Anglo-Russian production In Transit where he will be playing a young Nazi soldier opposite John Malkovich. In June 2006, he filmed Two Days in Paris, a romantic comedy film which was directed by French actress Julie Delpy who also stars in the film.
Brühl has been offered many projects. He has just finished filming Krabat, based on a popular German children's story, which will premiere in German cinemas in early 2008. Also, last August, he finished filming the vampire motion picture After Dark, a vampire love story film also starring Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert and American actress Robert Pattinson.
At twenty-eight years, Brühl is still unmarried and busy with his career. He has recently separated from his long time sweet-heart, actress Jessica Schwarz, to whom he was engaged.