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The world at large knows her as Helen of Sparta (Troy) but then there is much more to Diane Kruger. The German-born actor 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.
In Troy, Diane starred opposite Sean Bean but it was her on-screen chemistry in the popular movie National Treasure with Nicolas Cage which made her a household name. Kruger is the daughter of bank employee Maria-Theresa and computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger.
She was raised Roman Catholic and attended a Catholic school. Her mother sent her to student exchange programs when she was a teenager to improve her English. As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London. However, after an injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Kruger moved to Paris and turned her energy toward modelling. Kruger soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She landed some small appearances in several French films.
Diane was ranked 50th on the Maxim Hot 10 Women of 2005. She also appeared in movies such as Joyeux Noël (2005) and Copying Beethoven (2006) and Inglourious Basterds (2009).