- Born in Spain to a Catalan mother and Brazilian-born German father, and was subsequently raised in Germany and spent summers in Spain.
- Got his start on the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe in 1995.
- Speaks several languages; in Joyeux Noël, he speaks German, French and English.
- Owns a Spanish tapas bar, Bar Raval, in Berlin.
- 2002, Deutscher Filmpreis — Best Actor: Winner
- 2012, Goya Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
- 2004, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
- 2001, Bayerischer Filmpreis — Best Promising Actor: Winner
- 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 2003, Deutscher Filmpreis — Best Actor: Winner
- 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 2019, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2007, Goya Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
- 2003, European Film Awards — European Actor: Winner
- 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- Hanno Brühl — Father
- Jessica Schwarz — Ex-significant Other
- Felicitas Rombold — Significant Other
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