The Privilege cast features Max Schimmelpfennig, Lea van Acken and Milena Tscharntke. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Felix Fuchssteiner and Katharina Schöde’s 2022 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Set in Germany, The Privilege follows a teenage boy who struggles with mental health issues. As Finn Bergmann looks after his sick sister, he is reminded of a tragic childhood experience. The protagonist can’t quite explain his erratic behavior yet realizes that it may be connected to a fungus pill that causes hallucinations. Finn eventually hires two mediums to investigate paranormal activity in his community. Here’s every main player in The Privilege.
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The Privilege Cast: Max Schimmelpfennig as Finn Bergmann
Character Profile: A German teenager. He suffers from insomnia while thinking about a traumatic childhood event. Finn hires a pair of Russian mediums to investigate a fungus pill that allegedly opens a gate to hell.
Schimmelpfennig’s Resume: Sami in Tempel (2016), Wilhelm Müller in Das Boot (2018), Young Noah in Dark (2019-20), Tim in Caraba (2019), Max Gunthermann in Cloudy Clouds (2021)
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The Privilege Cast: Lea van Acken as Lena
Character Profile: Finn’s best friend. She researches a mysterious fungus and its supernatural mythology. Lena is a punk rocker who participates in a three-way with Finn and his primary female love interest.
Van Acken’s Resume: Maria in Stations of the Cross (2014), Ayla in Homeland (2015), Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (2016), Girl from the Future/Silja Tiedemann in Dark (2017-20), Ella in Sløborn (2020-21)
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The Privilege Cast: Tijan Marei as Samira Shirvani
Character Profile: Finn’s love interest. She’s the daughter of psychologist who provides advice to her fellow classmates. Samira assists Finn with his investigation and suggests that they keep a low profile.
Marei’s Resume: Marie 15 J. in Who Am I (2015), Rosalie Ortmann in Die Eifelpraxis (2016), Lena in Raus (2018), Gretel in Six Minutes to Midnight (2020), Eva in Risks and Side Effects (2021)
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The Privilege Cast: Milena Tscharntke as Sophie Bergmann
Character Profile: Finn’s sister who points out his bizarre behavior. She becomes ill but doesn’t seem worried. Sophie’s boyfriend strangles himself with a cable.
Tscharntke’s Resume: Young Judith Kuegler in Jungle Child (2011), Mia Amalie Winter in Druck (2018-19), Isy in Isy Way Out (2018), Sophie in We Are the Wave (2019), Cecile Jensen in Tod von Freunden (2021)
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The Privilege Cast: Lise Risom Olsen as Yvonne Bergmann
Character Profile: Finn’s mother. She looks after Sophie and seems to be hiding a secret. Yvonne keeps an eye on Finn as he learns more about a mysterious fungus.
Olsen’s Resume: Trude Bruun Thorvaldsen in Tatort (2014), Liz Hand in Goster (2016), Sigrid in The Innocents (2018), Anna Kasharina in Gidseltagningen (2019), Gesa Jansen in WaPo Bodensee (2021)
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The Privilege Cast: Roman Knizka as Martin Bergmann
Character Profile: Finn’s father. He’s the CEO of Trondthal Medical + Research who develops a pill called trychozepam. Martin becomes agitated when Finn and company start poking around his business.
Knizka’s Resume: Michi Holzner in Paradise Mall (1999), Josch Klauser in My Brother the Vampire (2001), Priester Jack Gildenstein in Dr. Molly & Karl (2008), Adult Bartosz Tiedemann/Man in Cave in Dark (2019-20), Randow in Dark Woods (2020)
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The Privilege Cast: Nadeshda Brennicke as Dr. Steinke
Character Profile: A doctor who treats Finn throughout the movie. She worries about his mental state and provides updates to Yvonne and Martin. Dr. Steinke hides a big secret about her motivations.
Brennicke’s Resume: Anne in Das Phantom (2000), Maya Kroner in Tattoo (2002), Gisela Werler in Banklady (2013), Andrea Becker in Dark Woods (2020), Claire von Höhenfeld in Kitz (2021)
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The Privilege Cast: Horst Janson as Grandfather Bergmann
Character Profile: Finn’s grandfather. He’s a former priest who believes in eternal life. Grandfather Bergmann makes cryptic statements that make sense by the end of the movie.
Janson’s Resume: Bastian Guthmann in Der Bastian (1973), Kronos in Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974), Piet van Straaten in Härte 10 (1974-75), Kriminalmeister Robert Hahn in Sonderdezernat K1 (1981-82), Dr. Paul Wielander in Storm of Love (2008-09)
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The Privilege cast also includes Caroline Hartig (Struwwelerror, The Ugly Truth), Maurice Lattke (Nächste Ausfahrt Glück – Juris Rückkehr, Echos), Mike Hoffmann (Cologne P.D., Sibel & Max), Swetlana Schönfeld (Hälfte des Lebens, Tatort) and Leonas Sielaff (Dogs of Berlin).
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