Born: 2nd April, 1977 (aged 39), Germany
Height: 1.83m (6ft)
Known For: Inglorious Bastards (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), Prometheus (2012), 12 Years A Slave (2013), The Counselor (2013), X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014), Macbeth (2015), Steve Jobs (2015),
Upcoming Films: The Light Between Us (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Weightless (2016), Assassins Creed (2016), The Snowman (2017) & Alien: Convenant (2017)
Early Success: 2006-2012
Fassbender’s first successful role was in the commercial success 300, who he played a character called Steilos. The film was directed by Zack Snyder. In preparation for his role as Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen‘s 2008 film Hunger, Fassbender underwent a crash diet that restricted him to 600 calories a day. He received the British Independent Film Award for his performance. In 2009 he appeared in two films. He starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards in which he portrayed the British officer Lieutenant Archie Hicox. Also In the films are Brad Pitt & Christoph Waltz. The other was the Andrea Arnold film Fish Tank. From both of these films he gained more fame.
In 2010, Fassbender appeared as Burke in Jonah Hex, a Western film. He portrayed Quintus Dias in Neil Marshall‘s bloody Roman war-thriller-drama film Centurion. and was cast as ‘Richard Wirth’ in the Joel Schumacher film Blood Creek alongside Dominic Purcell. The story centres on a West Virginia man who comes to terms with his moral qualms and helps his brother wipe out a family that had been protecting a Nazi occultist and who had kept his brother captive for him to feed off for years. Fassbender portrayed Magneto in the superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class, the prequel to X-Men. Set in 1962, it focuses on the friendship between Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and Magneto and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The film was released on 3 June 2011 to general acclaim and financial success and promoted Fassbender to being more of a popular movie star. In 2011, Fassbender starred in A Dangerous Method by director David Cronenberg, playing Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung. The film premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
Fame & Success: 2013-Present
In 2012, he appeared as an MI6 agent in Haywire, an action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh, and in Ridley Scott‘s science fiction film Prometheus. Reviews praised both the film’s visual aesthetic design and the acting, most notably Fassbender’s performance as the android David. Fassbender played the title role in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, a 2013 film based on the Cormac McCarthy script. In 2013, he starred in 12 Years a Slave, his third collaboration with Steve McQueen. Fassbender’s portrayal of Edwin Epps earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Fassbender reprised the role of Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past (released 23 May 2014), the sequel to X-Men: First Class.
In 2015 he portrayed Steve Jobs in the films Steve Jobs directed by Danny Boyle. For this he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
In November 2013, Fassbender announced a sequel to Prometheus, in which he will reprise his role as the android David. Production for the film is scheduled to begin January 2016. He will co-produce and star in the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed along with Marion Cotillard which is set for release on 21 December 2016.
In 2015, Fassbender was announced in The Snowman, an adaptation of a Jo Nesbo book directed by Tomas Alfredson and co-starring Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Filming began in January 2016 and the film will hit theatres in 2017.