Born in Germany, and raised in Killarney, Ireland, MICHAEL FASSBENDER (Edwin Epps) is a graduate of London’s prestigious Drama Centre. His breakthrough role came when he was cast in the epic Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks production, “Band of Brothers.” His big screen debut came with Zack Snyder’s hugely successful 300.
Fassbender’s performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s Hunger won large critical acclaim and, following the film’s Camera D’Or winning premiere at Cannes in 2008, Fassbender scooped up numerous international festival awards including the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) and Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) for ‘Best Actor’; a London Film Critics Circle Award; and ‘Best Actor’ honours from the 2008 Stockholm and Chicago International Film Festivals. He was honoured at the latter festival the following year as ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his performance in Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank. The portrayal brought him BIFA and IFTA nominations as well as his second London Film Critics Award. He was also an IFTA nominee for his performance in Marc Munden’s miniseries “The Devil’s Whore.”
He went onto work with Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterdsopposite Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger. Other credits include Francois Ozon’s Angel , Joel Schumacher’s Town Creek, James Watkin’s Eden Lake, Neil Marshall’s Centurion, and Jimmy Hayward’s JonaH Hex.
In 2011, Fassbender was seen as the young Magneto opposite James McAvoy’s Professor X in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class, a role he will reprise in Bryan Singer’s X-Men First Class: Days of Future Past to be released in 2014. He was also seen as ‘Carl Jung’ opposite Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Sigmund Freud’ in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and as ‘Edward Rochester’ opposite Mia Wasikowska in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre. He also reteamed with Hunger director Steve McQueen to play a sex addict in Shame, which won him the Volpi Cup for ‘Best Actor’ at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, the Irish Film & Television Award for ‘Best Actor,’ a BAFTA® nomination for ‘Best Actor’ as well as a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Actor.’ He was also the recipient of numerous international awards and nominations in recognition of his performances in more than one film to include the Evening Standard British Film Award for ‘Best Actor’ for Jane Eyre and Shame, the London Critics Circle Film Award for ‘Best Actor’ for Shame and A Dangerous Method, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for ‘Best Actor’ for X-Men First Class, Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method, and Shame, and the National Board of Review’s Spotlight Award for A Dangerous Method, X-Men First Class, Jane Eyre and Shame. He also took the Empire Hero Award at the Empire Awards.
In 2012, Fassbender was seen as the android David in Ridley Scott’s science fiction epic Prometheus. He will star in several upcoming movies including the Untitled Terrence Malick Project, a story about two intersecting love triangles set against Austin’s colorful music scene, and Frank, a comedy about a young wannabe musician who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Both titles are due for release in 2014; however, later this year, Fassbender can be seen reteaming with director Ridley Scott. In Scott’s The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy, Fassbender plays a lawyer, opposite Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, who finds himself over his head having got embroiled in drug trafficking.