Antonio Wannek (born 27 June 1979 in Berlin-Kreuzberg) is a German actor. In 2002 he made a breakthrough with Dominik Graf's Der Felsen. He gained further fame through the television series Father Braun. Wannek grew up in Berlin-Kreuzberg and was engaged to the leading role in the series Viel Rummel um den Skooter at the age of 11. In 1992 he played children's games in Wolfgang Becker's award-winning television film, but then retired from professional acting for the time being. It was director Edward Berger who rediscovered him in a schoolcast in 1997 and directly occupied him for his first main role in the film Gomez – head or number – his fate strip, as he retrospectively titled the work on the film.From then on Antonio Wannek knew that the acting was his destiny.For his portrayal of the Marco in the television film Herzrasen by Hanno Brühl he received the Günter track television award. He finally succeeded in making his breakthrough with Dominik Graf's film Der Felsen, for which he received the European Film Promotion Shooting Star Award at the 2002 Berlinale. He was also nominated for his performance in Graf's film as well as in the cinema film Wie Feuer und Flamme for the German Film Award as the best main actor in the film. With scepticism and uneasiness he met the fame and rumble around his person, whereupon he initially cancelled all projects. With the time matured followed further roles in movies like Freund and Seven Days Sunday. In addition he was occupied in numerous television films, such as Störtebecker (2006) or the multi-parter Der Turm (2012) and as guest actor in the crime series Donna Leon, crime scene and police call 110. He had his best-known role on television from 2003 to 2013, where he continuously impersonated in twenty-two films the role of Armin Knopp, the Mesner of the Reverend Braun, played by Ottfried Fischer.Wannek is a member of the German and the European Film Academy.Since 2011 he is the father of a son. He lives with his family in Berlin.