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MICHAEL FASSBENDER - Cal Lynch/Aguilar de Nerha

Michael Fassbender is one of the leading actors of his generation. Known for his ability to fully immerse himself in a character, he has carved a career that spans both independent and blockbuster films, garnering critical acclaim and awards recognition for multiple projects from Hunger through to X Men: Days of Future Past. The Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominated actor was born in Germany and raised in Killarney, Ireland, and is a graduate of the prestigious Drama Centre. Fassbender also has a production company, DMC Films, through which he has been developing and producing projects for the last few years.

2016 is proving to be an extraordinary year for the actor. Fassbender received multiple nominations for his starring turn as Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's film about the Apple founder. Critics raved about his portrayal saying, "Fassbender gives a towering performance of savage wit and limitless firepower" (Rolling Stone), which "leaves Jobs fascinatingly elusive, both genius and sociopath" (Empire). He can currently be seen in the film adaptation of ML Steadman's bestselling novel The Light Between Oceans. The film is directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) and co-stars Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.

Fassbender also stars in the upcoming independent film Trespass Against Us for which he received a BIFA nomination for his role as Chad. The film sees Fassbender star opposite Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris and Lyndsay Marshall and follows the complicated father-son dynamic within a gypsy family existing in the margins of society. Written by Alistair Siddons and directed by Adam Smith, Trespass Against Us premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.

Additionally, Fassbender will reprise his role as android David opposite Noomi Rapace and Katherine Waterston in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant (opening Aug. 4, 2017). He will then be seen in Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman opposite Rebecca Ferguson. Fassbender will take on the beloved role of Oslo police officer Harry Hole for the film, due October 2017.

Fassbender has collaborated with gifted directors throughout his career. In 2015 he took on the revered role of Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's dark and visceral retelling of Shakespeare's Scotland-set play, with Marion Cotillard starring opposite him as Lady Macbeth. In 2012 and 2013 Fassbender worked with Ridley Scott on Prometheus and The Counsellor respectively. Also in 2013, he reteamed with Steve McQueen for the highly acclaimed Twelve Years a Slave. He received Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Independent Spirit nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his role as plantation owner Edwin Epps, while the movie won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, PGA and Broadcast Critics Choice Awards.

Previous to that, Fassbender's performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's Hunger won critical acclaim, and following the film's Camera D'Or winning premiere at Cannes in 2008, Fassbender scooped up numerous awards including the British Independent Film Award (BIFA), Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. Again with Steve McQueen, he took on the role of 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, and BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.

In 2011, Fassbender played the young Magneto opposite James McAvoy's Professor X in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men First Class-he reprised the role with follow-up films X Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X Men: Apocalypse (2016). 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. Fassbender was the recipient of numerous international awards and nominations in recognition of his performances in more than one film including 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.

Other notable projects include Slow West with Ben Mendelsohn. Produced by DMC Films, the Western received critical acclaim upon its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, as did 2014's Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, with Domnhall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Fassbender also has appeared in Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, Zack Snyder's 300 with Gerard Butler and Lena Headey. Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds opposite Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, British horror film Eden Lake with Kelly Reilly and Jack O'Connell, Francois Ozon's Angel, Joel Schumacher's Town Creek, Neil Marshall's Centurion, Jimmy Hayward's Jonah Hex and the HBO series Band of Brothers from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

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