The Best German Actresses

by Anautix | created - 23 Apr 2013 | updated - 02 Jul 2013 | Public

Die besten deutschen Schauspielerinnen.

1. Romy Schneider

Actress | L'important c'est d'aimer

Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation ...

She was the best of all. There is always a discussion about her nationality whether she was German or Austrian. Her nationality was German: born 1938 in Vienna which belonged at that time to the German Reich. She had the German citizenship. Her mother was German, her father Austrian.

2. Hildegard Knef

Actress | Jeder stirbt für sich allein

Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was born on December 28, 1925 in Ulm, Germany. In 1940, she began studying acting. Even before the fall of the Third Reich, she appeared in several films, but most of them were only released after the war. To avoid being raped by Soviet soldiers, she dressed like a ...

3. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

4. Nina Hoss

Actress | Phoenix

Nina Hoss was born on July 7, 1975 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Phoenix (2014), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Yella (2007).

5. Heike Makatsch

Actress | Love Actually

Born on 13 August 1971 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the daughter of former German national ice hockey keeper Rainer Makatsch. After studying politics and sociology at the University of Düsseldorf for two years and an apprenticeship as dressmaker, she was hired by newborn TV music channel VIVA in 1993...

6. Jessica Schwarz

Actress | Romy

Jessica Schwarz was born on May 5, 1977 in Erbach im Odenwald, Hesse, Germany. She is an actress, known for Romy (2009), Kammerflimmern (2004) and Nichts bereuen (2001).

7. Diane Kruger

Actress | Inglourious Basterds

Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top ...

8. Maria Furtwängler

Actress | Tatort

Maria Furtwängler was born on September 13, 1966 in Munich, Germany. She is an actress and writer, known for Tatort (1970), Die Flucht (2007) and The Weather Inside (2015). She has been married to Hubert Burda since 1991. They have two children.

9. Anja Kling

Actress | (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1

Anja Kling was born on March 22, 1970 in Potsdam, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress and writer, known for (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004), Wir sind das Volk - Liebe kennt keine Grenzen (2008) and Tödliche Wahl (1995).

10. Iris Berben

Actress | Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie

Iris Berben was born on August 12, 1950 in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She is an actress, known for Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie (2009), Rosa Roth (1994) and Eddie the Eagle (2016).

11. Ilse Werner

Actress | Münchhausen

Ilse Werner was born in Batavia (present-day Djakarta), the daughter of the Dutch merchant O.E.G. Still and his German wife, Lilly Werner. She spent her early childhood in Batavia, before the family moved her to Frankfurt to attend secondary school. In 1936, Ilse enrolled at the Max Reinhardt ...

12. Christine Neubauer

Actress | Im Tal des Schweigens

Christine Neubauer was born on June 24, 1962 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany. She is an actress and writer, known for Im Tal des Schweigens (2004), Löwengrube (1989) and Hannas Entscheidung (2012).

13. Hannelore Elsner

Actress | Die Kommissarin

Hannelore Elsner was born on July 26, 1942 in Burghausen, Germany as Hannelore Elstner. She is an actress, known for Die Kommissarin (1994), Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008) and Die Unberührbare (2000). She was previously married to Uwe Carstensen and Gerd Vespermann.

14. Nastassja Kinski

Actress | Tess

Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic ...

15. Claudia Michelsen

Actress | Der Turm

Claudia Michelsen was born on February 4, 1969 in Dresden, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for The Tower (2012), Pope Joan (2009) and 12 heißt: Ich liebe dich (2007).

16. Katja Riemann

Actress | Rosenstrasse

Katja Riemann was born on November 1, 1963 in Kirchweyhe, Weyhe, Lower Saxony, Germany as Katja Hannchen Leni Riemann. She is an actress, known for Rosenstrasse (2003), Bandits (1997) and Talk of the Town (1995).

17. Veronica Ferres

Actress | Salt and Fire

Veronica Ferres is one of the most famous actresses in Germany, and consistently ranks among the most popular and most successful leading ladies in polls. She has acted in over 30 theatrical feature films and starred in dozens of TV movies, winning most major German film and TV prizes and numerous ...

18. Anna Loos

Actress | Anatomie

Anna Loos was born on November 18, 1970 in Brandenburg an der Havel, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Anatomie (2000), Die Lehrerin (2011) and Weissensee (2010). She has been married to Jan Josef Liefers since August 5, 2004. They have two children.

19. Yvonne Catterfeld

Actress | The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

Yvonne Catterfeld was born on December 2, 1979 in Erfurt, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (2015), La belle et la bête (2014) and U-900 (2008).

20. Franka Potente

Actress | Lola rennt

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...

21. Martina Gedeck

Actress | Das Leben der Anderen

Martina Gedeck was born in Munich. After spending a year in the US, she studied drama at the prestigious Max-Reinhardt-Seminar at the Berlin University of the Arts. Martinas film career began while she was still at drama school. Her filmography covers practically all genres of film.

Gedeck has won a...

22. Katharina Schüttler

Actress | Freier Fall

Katharina Schüttler started acting for film and television when she was 11 years old. Her breakthrough in Germany was the International Emmy Award winning Mini-Series "Generation War" ("Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter") in which she portrayed singer Greta del Torres. She appeared in many films for ...

23. Bibiana Beglau

Actress | Die Stille nach dem Schuß

Bibiana Beglau was born on July 16, 1971 in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Legend of Rita (2000), Unter dem Eis (2005) and Luna (2017).

24. Christina Plate

Actress | Praxis Bülowbogen

Christina Plate was born on April 21, 1965 in West Berlin, West Germany. She is an actress, known for Praxis Bülowbogen (1987), Tierärztin Dr. Mertens (2003) and Code Name: Eternity (1999). She has been married to Oliver Geißen since September 19, 2009. They have one child. She was ...

25. Christiane Paul

Actress | Im Juli

Christiane Paul was born on March 8, 1974 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for In July (2000), Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (1997) and The Wave (2008). She was previously married to Wolfgang Schwenk.

26. Corinna Harfouch

Actress | Der Untergang

Corinna Harfouch was born on October 16, 1954 in Suhl, German Democratic Republic as Corinna Meffert. She is an actress, known for Downfall (2004), Bibi Blocksberg (2002) and Vera Brühne (2001).

27. Katja Flint

Actress | 21 Liebesbriefe

Katja Flint was born on November 11, 1959 in Stadthagen, Germany. She is an actress, known for 21 Liebesbriefe (2004), Mord in aller Unschuld (2008) and Marlene (2000). She was previously married to Heiner Lauterbach.

28. Marie Bäumer

Actress | Im Angesicht des Verbrechens

Marie Bäumer was born on May 7, 1969 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Henrike Marie Bäumer. She is an actress, known for Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (2010), The Counterfeiters (2007) and Der Schuh des Manitu (2001).

29. Isabell Gerschke

Actress | Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin

Isabell Gerschke was born in 1979 in Potsdam, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (2008), Bound for Leem (2010) and Little Thirteen (2012).

A blonde Beauty!

30. Bettina Zimmermann

Actress | 2030 - Aufstand der Alten

Bettina Zimmermann was born on March 31, 1975 in Großburgwedel, Germany. She is an actress, known for 2030 - Aufstand der Alten (2007), The Hunt for the Amber Room (2012) and Erkan & Stefan gegen die Mächte der Finsternis (2002).

31. Anneke Kim Sarnau

Actress | The Constant Gardener

Anneke Kim Sarnau was born on February 25, 1972 in Elmshorn, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Constant Gardener (2005), Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt (2002) and Bukow and König (1971).

32. Johanna Wokalek

Actress | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Johanna Wokalek was born on March 3, 1975 in Freiburg, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Pope Joan (2009) and Barfuss (2005).

33. Bernadette Heerwagen

Actress | Die kommenden Tage

Bernadette Heerwagen was born on June 22, 1977 in Bonn, Germany. She is an actress, known for Die kommenden Tage (2010), Grüße aus Kaschmir (2004) and An die Grenze (2007). She is married to Ole Puppe. They have one child.

34. Diana Amft

Actress | Im weißen Rössl - Wehe Du singst!

Diana Amft was born on November 7, 1975 in Gütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. She is an actress, known for Im weißen Rössl - Wehe Du singst! (2013), Doctor's Diary - Männer sind die beste Medizin (2008) and Josephine Klick - Allein unter Cops (2014).

35. Alexandra Neldel

Actress | Unschuldig

Alexandra Neldel was born in 1976 in West Berlin, Germany. Her parents divorced when she was a child. His father is a hunter.

It was always very hard for her to decide if she would be with her father or her mother. Maybe that is the reason why she decided to leave her parents and to live her own ...

36. Simone Thomalla

Actress | Tatort

Simone Thomalla was born on April 11, 1965 in Leipzig, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Tatort (1970), Frühling (2011) and Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe (1984). She was previously married to Vetter, André.

37. Sandra Speichert

Actress | Profil bas

Sandra Speichert was born on January 22, 1971 in Basel, Switzerland. She is an actress, known for Profil bas (1993), Les bleus: premiers pas dans la police (2006) and Largo Winch (2001).

38. Ursula Karven

Actress | Tatort

Ursula Karven was born on September 17, 1964 in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Ursula Ganzenmüller. She is an actress and producer, known for Tatort (1970), Ein irres Feeling (1984) and M.E.T.R.O. - Ein Team auf Leben und Tod (2006). She was previously married to James Veres.

39. Alexandra Kamp

Actress | Sumuru

Alexandra Kamp was born on December 29, 1966 in Baden-Baden, West Germany. She is an actress, known for Sumuru (2003), Dracula 3000 (2004) and Half Past Dead (2002).

40. Uschi Glas

Actress | Zwei Münchner in Hamburg

Uschi Glas was born on March 2, 1944 in Landau an der Isar, Bavaria, Germany as Helga Ursula Glas. She is an actress and writer, known for Zwei Münchner in Hamburg (1989), Zur Sache, Schätzchen (1968) and Der Turm der verbotenen Liebe (1968). She has been married to Dieter Hermann since ...

41. Eva Habermann

Actress | Lexx

Eva Habermann was born on January 16, 1976 in Hamburg, West Germany as Eva Felicitas Habermann. She is an actress and producer, known for Lexx (1997), Lexx: The Dark Zone Stories (1996) and Feuer, Eis & Dosenbier (2002). She was previously married to Hans-Ullrich Hauenstein.

42. Nadja Uhl

Actress | Operation Zucker

Nadja Uhl was born on May 23, 1972 in Stralsund, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Operation Zucker (2012), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) and The Legend of Rita (2000).

43. Sandra Hüller

Actress | Toni Erdmann

Sandra Hüller was born in 1978 in Suhl, East Germany. She is an actress, known for Toni Erdmann (2016), Requiem (2006) and Über uns das All (2011).

44. Felicitas Woll

Actress | Berlin, Berlin

Felicitas Woll was born on January 20, 1980 in Harbshausen, Hessen, Germany. She is an actress, known for Berlin, Berlin (2002), Dresden (2006) and Die Ungehorsame (2015).

45. Julia Brendler

Actress | Deeply

Julia Brendler was born on February 26, 1975 in Schwedt, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Deeply (2000), Dolphins (1999) and Nord Nord Mord (2011).

46. Nora Tschirner

Actress | Keinohrhasen

Nora Tschirner was born on June 12, 1981 in East Berlin, East Germany as Nora Marie Tschirner. She is an actress and producer, known for Keinohrhasen (2007), Tatort (1970) and Kebab Connection (2004).

47. Anna Maria Mühe

Actress | Mitten in Deutschland: NSU

Anna Maria Mühe was born on July 23, 1985 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Mitten in Deutschland: NSU (2016), Love in Thoughts (2004) and Novemberkind (2008).

48. Alice Dwyer

Actress | Ma folie

Alice Dwyer was born in 1988 in Berlin, Germany as Alice Deekeling. She is an actress, known for Ma folie (2015), Höhere Gewalt (2008) and Was du nicht siehst (2009).

49. Josefine Preuß

Actress | Türkisch für Anfänger

Josefine Preuß was born on January 13, 1986 in Zehdenick, Brandenburg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Türkisch für Anfänger (2012), Türkisch für Anfänger (2006) and Rubinrot (2013).

50. Henriette Richter-Röhl

Actress | Autobahnraser

Henriette Richter-Röhl was born on January 9, 1982 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Autobahnraser (2004), Sturm der Liebe (2005) and Katie Fforde - Eine Liebe in den Highlands (2010). She has been married to Walter Unterweger since October 1, 2005.

51. Mina Tander

Actress | Berlin Station

Mina Tander was born on December 4, 1979 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. She is an actress, known for Berlin Station (2016), Du hast es versprochen (2012) and Maria, ihm schmeckt's nicht! (2009). She is married to Elmar Fischer. They have one child.

52. Jeanette Biedermann

Actress | Anna und die Liebe

Jeanette Biedermann was born on February 22, 1980 in Berlin, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Anna und die Liebe (2008), Tatort (1970) and Rosamunde Pilcher (1993). She has been married to Jörg Weisselberg since July 7, 2012.