Born in Germany July 15, 1976, Diane Heidkrueger's blonde hair and blue eyes have easily made a name for her in magazines and ad campaigns worldwide. Her face has graced the covers of magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire since 1995.
Now Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, Germany, near Hildesheim. She is the daughter of bank employee Maria-Theresa and computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger . She was raised in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. As a child, Diane wanted to become a ballerina, so her parents sent her to London to study with the Royal Ballet. After an injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Diane moved to Paris, France and turned her energies toward modeling .
In 1992, at the age of 15, Diane was a finalist in Elite's "Look of the Year" competition. She returned to Germany and became a successful model in the mid-1990s in Germany as well as France. Her education in art led her to be able to speak near native English and French, added to her mother tongue, German.
Diane Heidkruger soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She landed some small appearances in several French movies. She then shortened her surname\last name to ease her movie career.
Kruger made her onscreen début in 2002 opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV-movie by Jean-Pierre Roux. Her first major role was the same year when she starred in her then husband's directorial début "Mon Idole". She played Julie Wood in 2003's Michel Valliant (film) and Lisa in Wicker Park (film) (2004), alongside Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne. Her most notable role to date is her portrayal of Helen in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She was ranked #50 on the Maxim (magazine) Hot 100 Women of 2005 .
In 2004, she starred with Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean (who co-starred with her in Troy) in the popular film National Treasure, going on to appear in movies such as Joyeux Noël (2005) and Copying Beethoven (2006). She reprised her role as Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, released in December 2007.
Diane Heidkruger was the host of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 60th Cannes Film Festival, in 2007. She was a member of the jury of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.