Date of Birth : Nov 12th 1978

Romanian-born German actress living in Germany. She performs predominantly in leading roles in a variety of historical and crime films. Lara is best known for her roles in Control (2007), Youth Without Youth (2007), Nackt (2002), Downfall (2004), and About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (2005).

By the age of 16 she was already playing lead roles in various television dramas. Since then her career has developed and she has become a respected film actress.

Her most famous role to date, which has resulted in international recognition, is as Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler’s secretary in the Oscar Nominated 2004 film Der Untergang.

Due to her convincing performance in Der Untergang, Francis Ford Coppola wrote her a letter and gave her a leading role in Youth Without Youth (2007).

In 2007 she also appeared as journalist Annik Honoré in the film Control, the Ian Curtis biopic. In 2008, she served as a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury.

She plays a lead role in Greek director Theo Angelopoulos’s 2008 film The Dust of Time, opposite Irène Jacob and Bruno Ganz.

Alexandra Maria Lara played in The Reader and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex which are both nominated for the 81st Academy Awards (best picture and best foreign language film).

She’s engaged to actor Sam Riley with whom she played in the movie Control.




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