Nico Liersch

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Nico Liersch
Born (2000-07-17) 17 July 2000 (age 23)
Years active2007–present

Nico Liersch (born 17 July 2000) is a German actor. He is best known for his role as Rudy Steiner in the 2013 film The Book Thief.[1][2] He is also known for his work in the German television series Das ist Gut where he played Phillip Greenyard, a caveman without parents.

Early life[edit]

Liersch was born on 17 July 2000 in Munich, Germany, where he was raised.


Nico started acting at the age of seven, when he appeared in a McDonald's Happy Meal commercial with Kai Pflaume.[3] In 2008, he also appeared in a supporting role in Der Einsturz.

In 2012, Liersch appeared in episodes of the German TV series Inga Lindström and Das Traumhotel, then later feature film Kokowääh 2, a sequel to Kokowääh.[citation needed] In February 2013, he was cast in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Book Thief.[4] He played Rudy Steiner, the best friend of the titular book thief, Liesel Meminger. Markus Zusak, who wrote the novel that inspired the movie, was pleased with Nico's portrayal of his character and wrote: ¨He's magnificent, indeed. He is Rudy.¨[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Der Einsturz Max Karge TV movie
2009 Die geerbte Familie Paul Eggert TV movie
2010 Die Liebe kommt mit dem Christkind Peter Eggert TV movie
2011 Blackout Kind Short film
Herzflimmern - Liebe zum Leben Florian Tremmel TV series, two episodes
2012 Das Traumhotel Anton Ingenhoven TV series, one episode
Africa Cries Out to You Jakob Wenninger TV movie
Inga Lindström Lasse TV series, episode: Ein Lied für Solveig
Schafkopf TV series, one episode
2013 Kokowääh 2 Max
KILIAN. Nico Short film
The Book Thief Rudy Steiner
2016 Hanna's Sleeping Dogs [de] Michael Berger
2017 In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte [de] Felix Maibach TV series, one episode
2018 Daheim in den Bergen David TV series, one episode
2020 SOKO München Bruno TV series


  1. ^ Mallory, Carole (8 November 2013). "Movie Review... the Book Thief... a Good Film". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  2. ^ "First look at The Book Thief". ScreenTerrier. 5 August 2013. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Die Schauspielere als großes Ziel". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 17 March 2014.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Tess (5 February 2013). "Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson To Star In WWII Tale 'The Book Thief'". Indiewire. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Markus Zusak's official tumblr". 12 November 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2014.

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