Diane Kruger was born as Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen,
Hildesheim. Kruger moved to Paris and turned her energy toward modeling.
soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent.
She landed some small appearances in several French films. She made her
onscreen debut 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 debut Mon Idole. She played Julie Wood in 2003's Michel
Valliant and Lisa in Wicker Park (2004), alongside Josh Hartnett and
Rose Byrne. One of her most notable roles to date is her portrayal of
Helen of Sparta in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. In 2004,
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
reprised her role as Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure: Book of
Secrets (2007). In 2009, she co-starred as a German actress turned
saboteur in Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds. Kruger stars
in 2010 in the Liam Neeson film Unknown alongside January Jones.