EXCLUSIVE: German actor Frederick Lau, who starred in Dennis Gansel’s socio-political thriller The Wave, has signed with London-based talent agency United Agents.

The young actor, who has more than 50 roles under his belt, most recently won critics over for his role as streetwise alpha male Sonne in Sebastian Schipper’s 2015 Berlinale prize winner Victoria. The movie, which was filmed on a single mobile shot lasting more than two hours follows the story of a group of friends whose wild night of partying culminates in a bank robbery. It picked up an Outstanding Artistic Contribution Silver Bear at the fest.

Lau first rocked the boat on his home turf in 2008 for his turn as young student Tim in The Wave, a tale based on Ron Jones’ social experiment The Third Wave. In the film, a charismatic high school teacher is forced to teach a class on autocracy and introduces a social experiment to his students, who all take to the project eagerly only to soon infect the behaviour of the entire school. Film was a major hit in Germany, taking $23.6M in cinemas.

Lau picked up two German Film Awards for his roles in both The Wave and Victoria. He is currently shooting mini series 4 Blocks for TNT and is set to star in Govinda van Maele’s upcoming feature Gutland.

Lau is also repped by Madelaine Jakwert at Players in Germany.