At just 30 years of age, Matthias Schweighofer has already firmly established himself as one of the most promising young actors to emerge from Germany in recent years.
Born into a family of actors, his interest in the dramatic arts was encouraged from an early age and his parents would often take him along to their own rehearsals. By the time he reached high school, he was already an active member of a drama group based in his hometown of Chemnitz.
Having been based in Berlin since the start of his career, Schweighofer has enjoyed increasing critical acclaim. In 2003 he was awarded an Adolf Grimme award for his television work and followed this with a Bavarian Film award for Best Young actor in 2004. In 2007 he was awarded a highly prestigious Bambi award in recognition of his film work.
Most recently Schweighofer has appeared in director Bryan Singer’s worldwide hit Valkyrie with Tom Cruise and has starred as the eponymous pilot in The Red Baron, which tells the story of the famed WW1 military figure.