Best Actress German Film Award winners

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  1. Romy Schneider

    Romy Schneider


    Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was a film actress born in Vienna and held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to 1957 she played the central character of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy. In 1958 she met Alain Delon and they became engaged; Schneider moved to France where she made successful and critically acclaimed films with some of the most notable film directors of that era. Her engagement to Delon ended in 1963 and Schneider subsequently married twice. The son from her first marriage died in an accident in 1981 when he was 14. In May 1982, aged 43, Schneider was found dead of cardiac arrest in her Paris apartment.

  2. Sibel Kekilli

    Sibel Kekilli


    Sibel Kekilli (born 16 June 1980) is a German actress. She gained public attention after starring in the 2004 film Head-On. She won two Lolas, the most prestigious German film awards, for her performances in Head-On and When We Leave. In 2011, she became known also for her role as Shae in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

  3. Nastassja Kinski

    Nastassja Kinski


    Nastassja Aglaia Kinski (born 24 January 1961) is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than sixty films in Europe and the United States. She enjoyed her worldwide breakthrough with Stay As You Are (1978), then came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award-winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski-directed film Tess (1979). Other notable films in which she acted in include the erotic horror Cat People (1982), two Wim Wenders dramas Paris, Texas (1984) and Faraway, So Close! (1993), and An American Rhapsody (2001). She is the daughter of the actor Klaus Kinski.

  4. Isabelle Huppert

    Isabelle Huppert


    Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert (born 16 March 1953) is a French actress of stage and screen. Since her debut in 1971, she has appeared in more than 100 film and television productions. She is the most nominated actress for the César Award, with 14 nominations. She was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1999 and was promoted to Officer in 2009.

  5. Jana Brejchová

    Jana Brejchová


    Jana Brejchová (born 20 January 1940) is a Czech film actress. She has appeared in more than 70 films since 1953. She was married to actor Vlastimil Brodský and director Miloš Forman. Her younger sister, Hana is also an actress who appeared in Miloš Forman's films Loves of a Blonde and Amadeus.

  6. Martina Gedeck

    Martina Gedeck


    Martina Gedeck (born 14 September 1961) is a German actress. She came to broader, international attention due to her roles in films such as Mostly Martha (2001), The Lives of Others (2006), and The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008). She has won numerous awards, including the Deutscher Filmpreis in 1997 for Supporting Actress in Life is All You Get, and in 2002 for Actress in Mostly Martha.

  7. Julia Jentsch

    Julia Jentsch


    Julia Jentsch (born 20 February 1978) is a German actress. She has received a number of awards including the Silver Bear, European Film Award, and Lola. She is best known as the title character in Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, Jule in The Edukators and Liza in I Served the King of England.

  8. Zuhal Olcay

    Zuhal Olcay


    Zuhal Olcay (née İşanç) (born 10 August 1957 in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey) is a famous Turkish actress and singer.

  9. Barbara Sukowa

    Barbara Sukowa


    Barbara Sukowa (born 2 February 1950) is a German theatre and film actress.

  10. Sabine Sinjen

    Sabine Sinjen


    Sabine Sinjen (18 August 1942 – 18 May 1995) was a German film actress. She appeared in 54 films between 1957 and 1994.

  11. Katja Riemann

    Katja Riemann


    Katja Hannchen Leni Riemann (born 1 November 1963 in Weyhe-Kirchweyhe, Germany) is a German actress.

  12. Nadja Tiller

    Nadja Tiller


    Nadja Tiller (born March 16, 1929, Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian actress. She was one of the most popular German actresses of the 1950s and 1960s.

  13. Hanna Schygulla

    Hanna Schygulla


    Hanna Schygulla (born 25 December 1943) is a German actress and chanson singer. Long associated with the theater and film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, for whom Schygulla first worked in 1965, she is generally considered the most prominent German actress of the New German Cinema.

  14. Elisabeth Bergner

    Elisabeth Bergner


    Elisabeth Bergner (August 22, 1897 – May 12, 1986) was a German language film and stage actress who acted in Germany until moving to England to escape the Nazi threat to the Jews. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's classic film All About Eve was reportedly based on her own experience of employing a young female admirer who then tries to upstage her.

  15. Nina Hoss

    Nina Hoss


    Nina Hoss (born 7 July 1975) is a German actress.

  16. Juliane Köhler

    Juliane Köhler


    Juliane Köhler (born 6 August 1965) is a German theatre, television and film actress.

  17. Sylvie Testud

    Sylvie Testud


    Sylvie Testud (born 17 January 1971) is a French actress, writer and film director. Her film career began in 1991 and she has since won two César Awards for highly acclaimed performances.

  18. Ilse Werner

    Ilse Werner


    Ilse Werner (née Ilse Charlotte Still, 11 July 1921 – 8 August 2005) was a Dutch-German actress and singer.

  19. Hannelore Elsner

    Hannelore Elsner


    Hannelore Elsner (born Hannelore Elstner on 26 July 1942 in Burghausen, Bavaria) is a German actress. After finishing drama school she worked in theatres in Berlin and München. Later she starred in films and TV series such as Die Schwarzwaldklinik. She is known for her role as the lead character Inspector Lea Sommer in the German detective series Die Kommissarin.

  20. Margit Carstensen

    Margit Carstensen


    Margit Carstensen (born 29 February 1940) is a German theatre and film actress, best known outside Germany for roles in the works of film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

  21. Gisela Uhlen

    Gisela Uhlen


    Gisela Uhlen (16 May 1919 – 16 January 2007) was a German film actress and occasional screen writer.

  22. Vera Tschechowa

    Vera Tschechowa


    Vera Tschechowa (born 22 July 1940) is a German film actress. She has appeared in more than 50 films since 1957. She was born in Berlin, Germany and is related to Russian author Anton Chekhov and Russian-German actress Olga Chekhova.

  23. Marianne Hoppe

    Marianne Hoppe


    Marianne Hoppe (April 26, 1909 – October 23, 2002) was a distinguished German theatre and film actress.

  24. Sandra Hüller

    Sandra Hüller


    Sandra Hüller (born in 1978 in Suhl, East Germany) is a German actress. She studied theater from 1996-2000 at the Hochschule Für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch", Berlin. She appeared from 1998-2001 at the Jena Theater, Thuringia and then for one year at the Schauspiel Leipzig. It was Oliver Held who recommended her to the Theater Basel, Switzerland where she appeared until 2006.

  25. Hilde Krahl

    Hilde Krahl


    Hilde Krahl (10 January 1917 – 28 June 1999) was an Austrian film actress. She appeared in 70 films between 1936 and 1994.

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