Born and raised in Germany, DIANE KRUGER studied with the Royal Ballet before an injury ended her dance career. She then became one of Europe's best-known photographic models after moving to Paris at the suggestion of filmmaker Luc Besson where she trained at the Ecole Fleuron, winning the Classe Libre award for the Best Actor in her year. It was in Paris that she began her acting career opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in the independent production THE PIANO PLAYER released in 2002. This was followed by the hit French film MON IDOLE, for which Diane won a Cesar Nomination in 2003 and MICHEL VAILLANT.
In 2004 she made her International screen debut as the coveted Helen alongside Brad Pitt, Peter O'Toole and Orlando Bloom in Wolfgang Petersen's epic TROY. This was followed by WICKER PARK, in which she starred alongside Josh Hartnett, and NATIONAL TREASURE, the number one US blockbuster for Jerry Bruckheimer, opposite Nicolas Cage. 2006 saw an Oscar nomination for MERRY CHRISTMAS in which Diane stars alongside Guillaume Canet, Benno Furmann, Gary Lewis and Daniel Bruhl, and the opening of COPYING BEETHOVEN, opposite Ed Harris at the Toronto Film Festival.
2007 saw her acclaimed portrayal of South African Gloria Gregory in the Nelson Mandela story GOODBYE BAFANA with Joseph Fiennes and Dennis Haysbert for Bille August which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2007 Diane was also chosen to be the Maitraisse of the Cannes Film Festival in which she hosted the entire opening and closing ceremonies in 3 languages. The closing night saw the premiere of Denys Arcand's film L'AGE DES TENEBRES in which she stars. This was swiftly followed by the release of THE HUNTING PARTY in which Diane stars alongside Terence Howard and Richard Gere, and Christmas of that year saw the opening of NATIONAL TREASURE BOOK OF SECRETS, which broke the box office record of its predecessor and came to European screens in early 2008.
2008 allowed Diane to spend time filming in Europe. Jaco van Dormael's brilliant film MR. NOBODY, shot in France and Luxembourg, and her acclaimed performance in POUR ELLE (France) had huge success on its release there at the end of the year. Subtitled ANYTHING FOR HER in June 2009 sees its UK release and Lionsgate has already bought the remake rights for a US version to be directed by Paul Haggis. 2009 will also see the release of INHALE opposite Dermot Mulroney and Sam Shepard for Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormakur.
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