Diane Kruger (born Diane Heidkrüger; 15 July 1976 in Algermissen, Niedersachsen, Northern Germany) is a German actress and model. She is known for roles such as Helen in Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure, and Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds. She was brought up in Germany by German parents with her younger brother, Stefan. As is common in Germany, her parents sent her to student exchange programs when she was a teenager to improve her English. As a child, she wanted to become a ballerina and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London. After an injury ended her ballet career, she moved to Paris and turned her energy toward modelling and learning French. In 1992, she represented Germany in the Elite Model Look contest. Despite her small frame, she managed to add prestigious bookings such as advertisements from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Burberry and Louis Vuitton; runway shows from Marc Jacobs, D&G and Sonia Rykiel as well as appearances on the cover of Vogue Paris, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. She gradually stopped modelling after deciding to pursue a career in acting, first landing small roles in French films. She made her onscreen début in 2002, opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a film by Jean-Pierre Roux. She’s a brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and has been the global spokesmodel for L'Oréal and the face of Calvin Klein’s fragrance line, Beauty. Besides German, she speaks fluent French and English. She divides her time between Paris, Germany, and Vancouver. Since 2013, she’s been living in Los Angeles for her role in The Bridge.