Christoph Röhl was born in Brighton, UK in 1967 to German and English parents.

He studied History and German at the University of Manchester. He was awarded a First Class Double Honours Degree with distinction and won an Erasmus Scholarship.

In 1989-91 he spent two years at the Odenwaldschule. During this time he took and exhibited photographs and put on stage plays with the children.

In 1992 he worked as a camera trainee at Panavision UK.

At the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (DFFB) he was taught by tutors such as Ivan Passer, Jim Sheridan, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Wojciech Marczewski, Dick Ross, Bela Tarr, Michael Ballhaus and Krassimir Kroumov.

In 2002, he began collaborating with the writer Philippe Longchamp.

He is the son of the historian Prof. J.C.G Röhl, who is well-known for his work on Germany’s last Kaiser, Wilhelm II.

At present, he lives with his wife and two children in Berlin.