Born in the family of film director Naum Birman and Bella Grigorievna, chief administrator of the Palace of Culture of Vyborg. In 1987, he graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography, where he studied on the course of A. I. Katsman. In 1988-1990, Birman worked as an actor in the State Theater-Studio "People's House". In the cinema, he debuted in 1979, playing in the film story "Grandmother's Grandson." The actor gained fame thanks to the work in the Black Raven series (he also participated in its creation as co-author of the script), Gangster Petersburg , Girlfriend Autumn, European Convoy, more than 15 film series. In 2003, Vladimir Bortko invited Birman to play the role of Ptitsyn in his television series The Idiot. He lives in St. Petersburg.