Louis Hofmann

Louis Hofmann (born 3 June 1997)[1] is a German actor who first gained attention as the lead in the 2011 German film Tom Sawyer and won the Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a teenage German POW in the 2015 Danish film Land of Mine. He is also known for his role in the 2017 German Netflix Original series, Dark.

Louis Hofmann
Hofmann in 2015
Born (1997-06-03) 3 June 1997
Years active2006–present

Life and career

Hofmann was born in Bensberg, a district of Bergisch-Gladbach,[2] and grew up in Cologne.[3] His first experience in front of the camera was for Servicezeit, an evening magazine programme on WDR Fernsehen television network.[4] He appeared in a section of the programme, Die Ausflieger, which tested family recreational activities.[5] After two and a half years at Servicezeit, he decided to become an actor and applied to an acting agency.[6] He was subsequently represented by Agentur Schwarz.[1]

In 2009 Hofmann guest-starred in legal comedy-drama Danni Lowinski and television series Der verlorene Vater. He also appeared in TV movie 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 Sawyer, The Adventures of Huck Finn (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 Nearly Perfect Man (German: Der perfekte Mann).[7]

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.[8][9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12]

In 2016 Hofmann played Phil in Centre 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.[13] He was presented with a European Shooting Stars Award at Berlinale 2017 by the European Film Promotion organization.[8]

In 2016, Hofmann was cast as Jonas Kahnwald in Dark, a supernatural thriller released on Netflix on 1 December 2017. A second season was released on 21 June 2019.[14][15] A third and final season is in production.[16]

Selected filmography


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Der verlorene Vater David Salzbrenner TV Movie
Tod in Istanbul Sascha Kleinert TV Movie
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 Amazon Studios;

Recurring role (5 episodes)

2016 Shades of Guilt Leonhard Tackler Episode: Das Cello
2017–present Dark Jonas Kahnwald Netflix Original; Lead role


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Tom Sawyer Tom Sawyer
2012 The Adventures of Huck Finn Tom Sawyer
2013 The Nearly Perfect Man Aaron
2015 Sanctuary Wolfgang
2015 Land of Mine Sebastian Schumann
2016 Center of My World Phil
2016 Alone in Berlin Hans Quangel
2017 Lommbock Jonathan
2017 Different Kinds of Rain[17] Oliver
2018 The White Crow[18] Teja Kremke
2018 Red Sparrow Bank Manager
2018 Lysis Son
2019 Prélude David
2019 Deutschstunde Klaas Jepsen


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 Bayerischer Filmpreis 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 Supporting Actor Land of Mine Won
2016 International Film Festival Beijing Best Actor Land of Mine Won
2016 Deutscher Filmpreis Special Award for Acting Land of Mine Won
2017 Askania Award Shooting Star of the Year Center of My World Won
2017 Berlinale Shooting Stars Award Won
2018 Goldene Kamera Junior Actor Prize Dark Won


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  2. Belousova, Katja (30 November 2017). ""Meine Rollen haben immer etwas Sensibles. Wie ich selbst"". DIE WELT. obwohl Hofmann 1997 eigentlich in Bensberg geboren wurde
  3. Taylor, Trey (3 January 2018). "Meet the star of Dark, Germany's answer to Stranger Things". Interview Magazine.
  4. Pohlers, Angie (13 February 2017). "Süß war gestern". Der Tagesspiegel.
  5. Wilkens, Sally (12 November 2016). "Er ist der neue deutsche Superstar". bild.de (in German). Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  6. Sturm, Susanne. "Tom Sawyer (Louis Hofmann): Zweimal Heimweh beim Dreh" [Homesick Twice While Filming]. TV Spielfilm Online (in German).
  7. Heidmann, Patrick. "A Portrait of Actor Louis Hofmann". German Films Quarterly.
  8. "Louis Hofmann is German Shooting Star 2017". German Films. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  9. "deutscher-schauspielerpreis-nachwuchs" [German Actors Award, Newcomer]. Ustinov Stiftung. Archived from the original on 20 July 2016.
  10. "Louis Hofmann • Actor - Interview". Cineuropa. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  11. "Land of Mine wins 3 Bodil Awards". Danish Film Institute. 7 March 2016.
  12. Sawetz, Copyright:. "Louis Hofmann received the 'Jaeger-LeCoultre Homage to German Movies' prize at the German Film Award". www.fashion.at. Retrieved 29 December 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  13. "'Center of My World' ('Die Mitte der Welt'): Munich Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  14. "Dark renewed for season 2 by Netflix". The Independent. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  15. "When is Dark season two released on Netflix?". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  16. Roxborough, Scott (26 June 2019). "Netflix's 'Dark' Creators Preview Third and Final Season, Unveil Cast Additions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  17. "Louis Hofmann". IMDb. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  18. Grater, Tom (3 May 2017). "Ralph Fiennes joins cast of his Nureyev drama 'The White Crow'". Screen International.
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