Christofer von Beau, son of an American father and a German mother, was born in Munich, Germany. His love for acting was actually incited by one of his mother’s friends who was an actress herself. As a teenager, he moved with his mother to the U.S. where he spent the following 20 years. While in America, he was accepted to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Upon graduating successfully, he went on to take part in a Shakespeare workshop under the tutelage of Judy Magee and on top of that enjoyed a singing education with William Drake. At the beginning of his career, Christofer von Beau played in numerous musicals like The Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show directed by Anna Vaughn at the Berliner Kammerspiele. To this day he refers to this experience as “the best he had” when it comes to stage work. More work such as the West Side Story, Othello, or Godspell was to follow. His first TV appearances date back to 1995 but his breakthrough role was Franz Ainfachnur on the TV series SOKO 5113. Starting off in 2002 as a supporting series regular in 74 episodes, he now has risen the ranks to become inspector and thereby one of the series leads on that show which was renamed SOKO Muenchen at the beginning of the 2015/2016 season. In 2012 he delivered a strong performance as the leading male, Raymond, opposite Jutta Speidel in the ARD network film 24 Cows But No Man. Whenever on set, Christofer von Beau’s upbeat nature and positive attitude lights up everyone around him. We are so thankful to have him on our roster and are keenly looking forward to lots of interesting and fun projects together.∗∗∗∗∗
Butz Buse puts all his heart and soul into his work as an actor. His career started 20 years ago on the stage in Paris and Amsterdam. Lately, Butz Buse has increasingly gained prominence within the film and TV industry. He is a master of his craft to an extent that repeatedly draws renowned directors like Felix Fuchssteiner, Wolfgang Murnberger, Marcus H. Rosenmueller, and Ralf Westhoff to name but a few. But he also loves to put his fine work into short-film projects like Marc Steck’s GUMMIFAUST which garnered him an award at this year’s “2015 Genrenale 3”. With verve and total commitment, he creates his characters all the way down to splaying out his little finger in a certain position or pulling the corners of his mouth in the minimalist of ways. He has studied all of them along with their idiosyncrasies: the local original, the stuffy, the conservative, the serious, the accurate, the quirky, the sociopathic misfit. He brings to life his characters in unforgettable ways and thereby makes us shudder. Butz Buse will go anywhere. We wish him every role the world has to offer.∗∗∗∗∗
At age 17, Ferenc Graefe was cast by Grundy UFA for the daily RTL series GZSZ to play the series regular Matze Duncker for two seasons. This was directly followed by an offer to star as one of the leading characters in the ZDF series Sabine! Ferenc Graefe accepted and inhabited the role of Paul Leitmeyer for 2 seasons during which he teamed up with fine directors like Michael Zens, Patrick Winczewski, Marcus Ulbricht, and Jörg Schneider. While filming for Sabine!, Ferenc Graefe got the chance on the ZDF series Fünf Sterne to present his profound acting qualities in yet another challenging role as a young man called Andreas Lindbergh who suffers from blindness. More work on film productions under the direction of Niki Müllerschön, Sherry Hormann, and Matthias Tiefenbacher only added to Ferenc Graefe’s expertise as a professional actor. His suave and gentleman-like charisma speaks not only but especially to younger audiences.∗∗∗∗∗
Martin Halm was born (1961) and raised in Munich. When listening to him speak though, you won’t make out any regional or local dialect in his articulate diction which is carried by his signature, gentle voice. Early on in his childhood, Martin Halm began gathering experience in acting and went on to be trained in that profession in both Germany and stateside where he attended the University of California. It was also the latter where he majored in film studies and acquired his fluency in English. He started his career playing the lead in an Italian film for the big screen, ERNESTO, which was helmed by Salvatore Samperi. The German audience came to experience him playing the lead of a 19 year old opposite Heinz Bennent in the suspenseful TV mini-series called DER FALL MAURITIUS which aired on ZDF network. Ratings went through the roof and Martin Halm became famous overnight. He then worked with prestigious directors like Michael Verhoeven, Sigi Rothemund, Martin Enlen, Roland Suso Richter, Michael Steinke, Florian Gärtner, Matthias Steurer, Uli Moeller to name but a few. The genres of the films he was first cast in were very much in the direction of drama and crime. The mid-nineties brought a lot of TV series that mainly focused on family entertainment and Martin Halm was right at the center of it when he became a series-regular on the popular SAT1 show FÜR ALLE FÄLLE STEFANIE. Martin Halm is a confident actor with many facets. Looking at his latest headshots will truly spark your imagination. He can be the charismatic leader of a group, he can be the family man, the criminal investigator, the musician or the conductor, the mediterranean gigolo or mafioso, the Jew or the Arab. You name it∗∗∗∗∗
Wilfried Klaus’ acting career began on stage. His first performance at the distinguished Munich Volkstheater was followed by 6 continuous years of steady ensemble theater work at that venue. He was the lead character in many of the famous classical works and later developed a liking plays by Ludwig Thoma. It should not go unmentioned that Wilfried Klaus has always been an artist who enjoys playing comedic roles. Beginning in 1965, countless film and TV roles directed by Rainer Erler, Hans W. Geissendörfer, Franz Seitz, Helmut Dietl, Bernd Fischerauer, Günter Gräwert, Michael Verhoeven, Wolfgang Petersen to name a few, have added to Wilfried Klaus’ impressive body of work. His most well-known role, though, was that of the Chief of Detective Horst Schickl in the ZDF series SoKo 5113. In this very role he stayed true to the audience from 1976 until 2007. In 2008 he got exempted from duty by his own wish and has accepted new challenges since then.∗∗∗∗∗
Antonio Di Mauro is of Italian decent. His parents emigrated from Italy’s Calabria region and moved to Germany where he was born in 1965. He was raised speaking both German and Italian. At the end of the 1980s, Antonio Di Mauro started taking acting lessons with Nina Gaidavora while at the same time being enrolled at the renowned Munich drama school Schauspiel München where he eventually graduated from. His very screen debut was the French-German co-production called Der Erfolg ihres Lebens (book: Ulrich Del Mestre / dir.: Michael Braun) . In the film which was shot on location in Italy and France he was cast opposite Andrea Jonasson and Veronique Jannot. This exciting entrance into the film business was followed by more offers in different TV formats. His first engagement as a recurring character on a TV series was on the SAT 1 show Sylvia – Eine Klasse für sich which starred Antonio Di Mauro alongside Uschi Glas and definitely put him on the map for TV audiences. And once more, this was followed by countless TV film- and serial productions. Just until recently, Antonio Di Mauro was part of the cast of the TV series Herzflimmern which ran for more than two seasons on ZDF from 2011 to 2012. So far he has been teaming with directors Helmut Metzger, Dror Zahavi, Uwe Janson, and Lars Becker who are all known to be connoisseurs of Antonio Di Mauro’s dry sense of humor. As a versatile and skillful actor, Antonio Di Mauro has made his home in virtually every genre.∗∗∗∗∗
Tom Mikulla started his classical theater education at the Hochschule Leipzig. During his years at drama school he was already offered several film roles and by the time he finished his studies he had been cast in the TV series Fahrschule Kampmann as well as in Und Tschüss! Sadly, the latter was the only production so far that granted him the opportunity to create a character with a Saxon accent. Tom Mikulla loves his home town of Dresden but states (in a clear standard German accent): “It is very difficult for productions to place a Saxon-speaking character on a show because for the audience he or she will most often come across as the stereotypical goofball”. It is definitely not the goofball type that Tom Mikulla usually gets cast for in TV series like Motorrad Cop, Medicopter, or Rosenheim Cops, but instead, he plays roles like policemen, pilots, detectives, guys that have their heart in the right place. Nevertheless, Tom Mikulla also loves to play the slick and two-faced desperado type of guy and manages to portray both kinds of roles in a perfectly convincing way.
In spring 2013, Tom Mikulla performed on the stage of Dresden’s Societaetstheater in a new play called Sprechende Männer (dir.: Thomas Stecher), which portrays two stereotypical men having a not-so-typical conversation on ways of life in our society. All those who want to learn more about what men really feel should see the next performance on September 22nd.∗∗∗∗∗
Patrick Nellessen was born in Munich where he also earned his highschool diploma (Abitur). He finished his non-military service and for two semesters enrolled for German studies at the university. Though he never lost his enthusiasm for the humanities, he did audition in 2009 at one of the most reputable German drama schools, Theaterakademie August Everding, and got accepted right after his first try. During his studies there he did partake in plays at both the Akademietheater and the Prinzregententheater. Following a successful final showcase at his drama school, he was asked by the artistic director of the Theater Erlangen to join the ensemble there. He took the chance and for two years, starting in 2013, he got to play leading characters in classical as well as in modern plays. During those two years, he actually managed to tuck under his belt a whopping 14 different productions. Meanwhile Patrick Nellessen has come back to his home town Munich where he works as a freelance actor. In 2016, he returned to the stage of Munich’s Metropol Theater for the highly successful production of Mnouchkine’s play “Die letzte Karawanserei” (dir.: Jochen Schölch). Also, he was cast in another current production there, “Habe die Ehre” (dir.: Miguel Abrantes Ostrowski) which is the most fast-paced play I have ever come to see.
Let me say that Patrick Nellessen beautifully mastered his first film roles, one of which deserves a special mention: his collaboration with director Sherry Hormann and DoP Michael Ballhaus. In a favorable sense, you can picture the actor Patrick Nellessen as a self-questioning hero. His work seems effortless and evermore focused. If I were to pick the two traits I like most about Patrick, I’d pick his sincere honesty and distinct voice.∗∗∗∗∗