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Louis Hofmann Biography – A Journey of His Life and Career

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Real Name: Louis Hofmann
Profession: Actor
Nationality: German
Years active: 2006–present

Louis Hofmann (born 3 June 1997) is a German actor. He first gained attention as the lead in the 2011 German film Tom Sawyer [de] and won the Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a teenage German prisoner of war in the 2015 Danish film Land of Mine. He is also known for playing Jonas in the 2017 German Netflix series Dark.

Louis Hofmann Biography
Born
 3 June 1997 (age 26)
Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Occupation Actor
Nationality
German
Years active 2006–present

Life and career

Hofmann was born in the Bensberg district of Bergisch Gladbach and grew up in Cologne. His first experience in front of the camera was for Servicezeit, an evening magazine programme on WDR Fernsehen television network. He appeared in a section of the programme, Die Ausflieger, which tested family recreational activities. After two and a half years at Servicezeit, he decided to become an actor and applied to an acting agency. He was subsequently represented by Agentur Schwarz.

In 2009 Hofmann guest-starred in legal comedy-drama Danni Lowinski and television series The Lost Father. He also appeared in the television film Tod in Istanbul. In 2010 he performed in Wilsberg and Alarm for Cobra 11.

Hofmann’s first cinematic leading role was the titular Tom Sawyer in director Hermine Huntgeburth’s 2011 German film adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Along with Leon Seidel, who played the role of Huck Finn, he sang on the soundtrack of the film in the song, “Barfuß Gehen” (“Going Barefoot”). The sequel to Tom SawyerThe Adventures of Huck Finn [de] (German: Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn), was released on 20 December 2012 in German cinemas. In 2013, Hofmann played a guest-starring role in an episode of the television series Stolberg. Beginning on 24 October 2013 Hofmann appeared in the comedy The Almost Perfect Man (German: Der fast perfekte Mann).

His role as Wolfgang in the 2015 film Sanctuary (German: Freistatt) directed by Marc Brummund earned him the 2015 Bavarian Film Prize as Best Newcomer Actor and the 2016 German Actors Award (Deutscher Schauspielerpreis) in the newcomer category. His first international role as a German prisoner of war in the Danish-German co-production Land of Mine (Danish: Under sandet) earned him the Best Supporting Actor prize at Denmark’s Bodil Awards in 2016. At the 2016 German Film Awards, he received with the Special Prize Jaeger-LeCoultre Homage to German Cinema presented to honour the work of German actors in international films.

In 2016 Hofmann played Phil in Center of My World (German: Die Mitte der Welt), a coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Jakob M. Erwa, based on the 1998 bestselling novel The Center of the World by Andreas Steinhöfel. He was presented with a European Shooting Stars Award at Berlinale 2017 by the European Film Promotion organisation.

In 2016, Hofmann was cast as Jonas Kahnwald in Dark, a science fiction thriller released on Netflix on 1 December 2017. His character is one of the leads and is the main love interest for the character of Martha Nielsen. A second season was released on 21 June 2019. A third and final season was released on 27 June 2020.

In 2022, Hofmann was cast as Werner Pfennig in the Netflix series adaptation All The Light We Cannot See, based on the 2014 novel of the same name. The series is set during World War II and was released on 2 November 2023.

In March 2023, Hofmann joined the cast of Apple TV+ production Monstrous Beauty. He will also appear in Apple TV+ series Masters of the Air, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, which was released on 26 January 2024.

Selected filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Lost Father David Salzbrenner TV film
Tod in Istanbul Sascha Kleinert TV film
Danni Lowinski Fabian Lüdtke Episode: “Hundeleben”
2012 Wilsberg Max Rensing Episode: “Aus Mangel an Beweisen”
2013 Stolberg Dennis Kessler Episode: “Der verlorene Sohn”
2016 You Are Wanted Dalton Recurring role (5 episodes)
2016 Shades of Guilt Leonhard Tackler Episode: “Das Cello”
2017–2020 Dark Jonas Kahnwald Main role
2022 Life After Life Jürgen 2 episodes
2023 All the Light We Cannot See Werner Pfennig Miniseries; main role
2024 Masters of the Air Ulrich Haussmann Miniseries; 1 episode

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Tom Sawyer (de) Tom Sawyer
2012 Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn (de) Tom Sawyer
2013 The Almost Perfect Man Aaron
2015 Sanctuary Wolfgang
2015 Land of Mine Sebastian Schumann
2016 Centre of My World Phil
2016 Alone in Berlin Hans Quangel
2017 Lommbock Jonathan
2017 Different Kinds of Rain Oliver
2018 The White Crow Teja Kremke
2018 Red Sparrow Bank Manager
2018 Down The River Son
2018 The New End Dwarf (voice)
2019 Prélude [de] David
2019 The German Lesson [de] Klaas Jepsen
2019 A Piece of Cake Kipp (voice)
2022 The Forger Cioma Schönhaus
2023 Seneca – On the Creation of Earthquakes Lucilius

Radio

Year Title Notes
2006–2009 Die Ausflieger

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 New Faces Award Special Award Tom Sawyer Won
2014 Bavarian Film Awards Best Young Actor Sanctuary Won
2015 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Actor Land of Mine Won
2016 Deutscher Schauspielerpreis Young Talent Prize Sanctuary Won
2016 Bodil Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Land of Mine Won
2016 Beijing International Film Festival Best Actor Land of Mine Won
2016 German Film Award Special Award for Acting Land of Mine Won
2017 Askania Award Shooting Star of the Year Center of My World Won
2017 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award Won
2018 Goldene Kamera Junior Actor Prize Dark Won

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