Joel Basman

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Joel Basman
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Joel Basman at the 65th Berlinale in February 2015
Born (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 31)
Years active2004–present

Joel Basman (born 23 January 1990) is a Swiss actor.

Early life[edit]

Basman was born in Zurich, Switzerland, to a Swiss Christian mother and an Israeli-Jewish father,[1] both of whom were tailors in the Swiss fashion industry. He grew up in the neighborhood of Aussersihl and was raised bilingual, speaking Swiss-German and Hebrew. He has one older sister who resides in Israel.[2]


In 2004 he started his career and played a bold teenager named Zizou for the weekly soap opera Lüthi und Blanc.

In 2007 director Tobias Ineichen gave the main part to Joel for his film Jimmie. There he played an autistic boy. In February 2008 he got the prize Shooting Star for his part as a Russian teenager on the film Luftibus, written by director Dominque de Rivaz. In September 2008 Joel received the Schweizer Fernsehpreis (Swiss TV-Prize) in the category film. In October 2008 he got the prize for the best main part from Cinema Tous Ecrans.

At the Schauspielhaus Zürich Joel Basman acted 2003 for a youth-theatre project. In 2004 and 2005 he played with students, who were at their final project. He finished his studies at the European Film Actor School in October 2008.

In 2012 Basman got a part as Bertel in the three-piece TV film Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (Our mothers, our fathers).[3] He also played Pascal in the Swiss TV-film Ziellos (Aimless).

Joel Basman played as Sebastien Leclercq in a game called ‘Late Shift’ in 2016.

In 2018, Basman played the lead role in Wolkenbruch's Wondrous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa, picked up by Netflix.


Year Film Name Director
2004–2006 Lüthi und Blanc Zizou Imboden Sabine Boss and others
2004 Mein Name ist Eugen Michael Steiner
2005 Ausgrenzungen Liliane Steiner
2006 Breakout Silenzio Mike Eschmann
Cannabis – Probieren geht über Regieren Remo Niklaus Hilber
2007 Mikado Silvia Zeitlinger
Tausend Ozeane Eric Luki Frieden
Jimmie Jimmie Tobias Ineichen
Luftbusiness Liocha Dominique de Rivaz
2008 Happy New Year Oskar Christoph Schaub
Tatort: Liebeswirren Werner Weißenbach Tobias Ineichen
Mein Schüler, seine Mutter & ich Franz Andreas Linke
2010 Picco Tommy Philip Koch
Sennentuntschi Albert Michael Steiner
Tatort: Der letzte Patient Tim König Friedemann Fromm
Rosannas Tochter Ruben
2011 Löwenzahn – Das Kinoabenteuer Ronny Peter Timm
Hanna Razor Joe Wright
2012 Polizeiruf 110: Eine andere Welt Dennis Kuscinsky Nicolai Rohde
2013 Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter Bartel Philipp Kadelbach
Tatort: Freunde bis in den Tod Manu Nicolai Rohde
Draussen ist Sommer Theo Friederike Jehn
Puppylove Paul Delphine Lehericey
2014 Dawn Elisha Romed Wyder
The Monuments Men German soldier George Clooney
Ziellos Pascal Niklaus Hilber
Wir Sind Jung. Wir Sind Stark Robbie Burhan Qurbani
2015 Tatort: Borowski und der Himmel über Kiel Mike Nickel Christian Schwochow
Land of Mine Helmut Morbach Martin Zandvliet
2017 Papillon Maturette Aaron Guzikowski
2018 Kursk Leo Thomas Vinterberg
Wolkenbruch's Wondrous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa Mordechai Wolkenbruch Michael Steiner
Zauberer Marcel Sebastian Brauneis
2019 A Hidden Life Military trainee Terrence Malick
2020 Adventures of a Mathematician Edward Teller Thor Klein
2021 The King's Man Gawain Matthew Vaughn
TBA Storm Walter Storm Ivan Madeo

Audio drama[edit]

  • 2013: Hattie Naylor: Ivan und die Hunde; Regie: Reto Ott (SRF)



  1. ^ "Actors in the Swiss Oscar submission 'Wolkenbruch' share the loving dynamic of their mother-son characters". 2 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Joel Basman - Munzinger Biographie".
  3. ^ "ZDF: Zeitgeschichte, zeitgemäß erzählt". Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-24.

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