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Max Riemelt is a German actor who is making inroads into Hollywood. Riemelt initially commenced his career as a child actor back in his native Germany. He went on to feature in numerous movies and TV series, winning several awards in the process. Riemelt made his long-awaited Hollywood breakthrough in the hit Netflix series, Sense8, and since then, has not looked back. Find out more about Riemelt here including his biography, movies and TV shows, as well as sexuality.

Max Riemelt Biography

Max Riemelt was born on the 7th of January 1984 in Mitte, a district in the eastern part of Berlin. His nationality is therefore German while his ethnicity is Caucasian. The actor hails from a family of four. His father’s name is Gunna Riemelt while his mother’s name is Judith. He also has a younger brother named Lukas who is a budding actor. Riemelt grew up in Berlin and fell in love with acting when he was still in school. He, therefore, pursued acting gigs while he was just a child and made his debut in 1997 in the German TV movie, Eine Familie zum Küssen. Since this humble debut in 1997, Max Riemelt has gone on to appear in over 60 German movies and TV series combined.

Movies and TV Shows

On the big screen, the Berliner has featured in movies such as Ein Weihnachtsmärchen — Wenn alle Herzen schmelzen, Der Bär ist Ios, Brennendes Schweigen, Mädchen, Mädchen, Lottoschein ins Glück, Mädchen, Mädchen 2 – Loft oder Liebe, Before the Fall, Hallesche Kometen, Nachtasyl, Der rote Kakadu, An die Grenze, Möderischer Frieden, Tage die bleiben, We are the Night, Urban Explorer, The German Friend, The Fourth State, Free Fall, Auf das Leben!, Lichtgestalten, Amnesia, Warsaw 44 and Berlin Syndrome. Berlin Syndrome is a 2017 psychological thriller about a young Australian photographer, Clare, who meets a local man, Andi, while backpacking in Berlin. The duo embark on a stormy night of passion only for Clare to wake up and discover that Andi has taken her hostage. He later turns out to be a psycho killer but she manages to escape in the end. Berlin Syndrome featured Riemelt as Andi while Australian actress, Teresa Palmer, played the role of Clare. The movie received mixed reviews from the critics but the two leading stars were praised for their performance.

On the small screens, Max Riemelt has featured in TV shows and TV movies such as Die Freundin meiner Mutte, Der Schneegänger, Der letzte Bulle, Im Angesicht des Verbrechens, Der Kriminalist, Balko, Alphateam – Die Lebensretter im OP, Wolffs Revier, Zwei allein and Sense8. Sense8 is a Netflix series about eight strangers from around the globe who discover that they are mentally and emotionally connected. They, therefore, work to understand each other while evading a mysterious organization intent on hunting them down. In the series, Riemelt played the role of Wolfgang Bogdanow – a Berlin locksmith and safe-cracker who is involved in organized crime and has unresolved issues with his father. In keeping with the show’s global theme, Sense8 was shot in multiple locations worldwide and featured actors from different parts of the world. The series ran from 2015 to 2018 and eventually concluded with a two and a half series finale in June 2018.

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Career Achievements

Riemelt has received several awards in the course of his two decades (and counting) career. They include best actor at the 2004 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, German Shooting Star Award by the European Film Promotion Council in 2005, best actor at the 2006 Marrakech International Film Festival, best young actor at the Bavaria Film Award in 2006, The Undine Award for best young leading actor in a feature film in 2008, and best actor at the 2013 Guenter Rohrbach Film Preis. Riemelt also received the French knightly order of art and literature from the French Embassy in February 2017. The honor is bestowed on individuals who have distinguished themselves through their artistic or literary work or their contribution to the charisma of the arts and literature in France and the world.

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Is Max Riemelt Gay?

Max Riemelt is openly and unequivocally straight. However, he is an outspoken supporter of gay rights and does not hesitate to take on gay roles. One of Riemelt’s most popular movies till date is the 2013 movie, Free Fall. In Free Fall, the Berliner played the role of a gay rookie police officer, Kay Engel, who falls in love with his straight colleague, Marc. The two lovers then have to contend with the police, their parents, issues of coming out and Marc’s pregnant wife. Free Fall premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2013 and garnered positive critical reception.

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