Biography

Franka Potente is a German film actress and singer. She was born on July 22, 1974 in Münster North Rhine-Westphalia and raised in nearby Dülmen. She first appeared in the comedy After Five in the Forest Primeval (1995) and gained critical recognition in the action thriller Lola rennt (released in English as Run Lola Run) (1998). Potente received Germany's highest film and television awards for her performances in Run Lola Run and Opernball. After half a decade of critically acclaimed roles in German films, Potente gained Hollywood's attention by playing the role of Barbara Buckley in Blow (2001) and the female lead with Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity (2002). In 2006, she starred with Eric Bana in the Australian film Romulus, My Father, for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Industry Award for Best Lead Actress. Also in 2006, she wrote and directed Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt, a silent comedy. She has also appeared in several American television series including, The Shield in 2007, House M.D. in 2009 and Psych in 2010. As of 2011, she played Hilda in a BBC drama The Sinking of the Laconia. When not working on location, Potente lives in Berlin.

Franka Potente is a German film actress and singer. She was born on July 22, 1974 in Münster North Rhine-Westphalia and raised in nearby Dülmen. She first appeared in the comedy After Five in the Forest Primeval (1995) and gained critical recognition in the action thriller Lola rennt (released in English as Run Lola Run) (1998). Potente received Germany's highest film and television awards for her performances in Run Lola Run and Opernball. After half a decade of critically acclaimed roles in German films, Potente gained Hollywood's attention by playing the role of Barbara Buckley in Blow (2001) and the female lead with Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity (2002). In 2006, she starred with Eric Bana in the Australian film Romulus, My Father, for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Industry Award for Best Lead Actress. Also in 2006, she wrote and directed Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt, a silent comedy. She has also appeared in several American television series including, The Shield in 2007, House M.D. in 2009 and Psych in 2010. As of 2011, she played Hilda in a BBC drama The Sinking of the Laconia. When not working on location, Potente lives in Berlin.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1974-07-22

Place of Birth Münster, Germany

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Blanco as Leslee
2018 Between Worlds as Julie
2018 Princess Emmy as Queen Karla
2018 25 km/h as Ute
2017 Muse as Susan Gilard
2017 Taboo (8 episodes) as Helga
2016 Der Island-Krimi (2 episodes) as Solveig Karlsdottir
2016 Der Tote im Westfjord as Solveig Karlsdóttir
2016 The Conjuring 2 as Anita Gregory
2013 The Bridge (11 episodes) as Eleanor Nacht (1 episode) as Elwood Reid
2012 Copper (23 episodes) as Eva Heissen
2011 Beate Uhse - das Recht auf Liebe as Beate Uhse
2011 American Horror Story (13 episodes) as Charlotte Brown / Anne Frank (2 episodes) as Anne Frank / Charlotte Brown
2011 The Sinking of the Laconia (2 episodes) as Hilda Smith, passenger, RMS Laconia
2010 Small Lights as Valerie
2010 Shanghai as Leni Müller
2010 The Sinking of the Laconia as Hilda
2009 Che: Part Two as Tania (Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider)
2008 The Bridge as Elfie Bauer
2008 Manhunt as Beate Klarsfeld
2007 Eichmann as Vera Less
2007 Romulus, My Father as Christina
2006 Psych (1 episode) as Nadia
2006 The Elementary Particles as Annabelle
2004 Creep as Kate
2004 The Bourne Supremacy as Marie Helene Kreutz
2004 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea as Trixie Boudain
2003 Blueprint as Iris Sellin
2003 Anatomy 2 as Paula Henning
2003 I Love Your Work as Mia Lang
2003 Menschen bei Maischberger (1 episode)
2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story as Trixie Boudain
2002 Try Seventeen as Jane
2002 The Bourne Identity as Marie Helena Kreutz
2002 Through the Night with... (1 episode)
2002 The Shield (3 episodes)
2002 La mer
2001 Blow as Barbara Buckley
2000 The Princess and the Warrior as Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt
2000 Anatomy as Paula
1999 Paradise Mall as Mona Wendt
1999 Südsee, eigene Insel as Kassiererin
1999 Downhill City as Peggy
1998 Am I Beautiful? as Linda
1998 Run Lola Run as Lola
1998 Opernball (2 episodes) as Gabrielle Becker
1998 Opera ball as Gabrielle Becker
1997 Die drei Mädels von der Tankstelle as Lena
1997 Coming In as Nina
1996 Zimmer frei! (1 episode)
1995 The Harald Schmidt Show (4 episodes)
1995 After Five In The Forest Primeval as Anna
1994 Zwei Brüder (1 episode) as Mara
1989 Bayerischer Fernsehpreis (Blauer Panther) (1 episode) as herself
1979 Bayerischer Filmpreis (1 episode) as herself
1966 Goldene Kamera Verleihung (1 episode) as Laudatio
1951 Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) (1 episode) as herself
1948 Bambi-Verleihung (1 episode) as herself

Directing

2006 Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt Director

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