Famous German Actresses

Find out more about the greatest German Actresses, including Kirsten Dunst, Heidi Klum, Diane Kruger, Marlene Dietrich and Gudrun Burwitz.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States

Actress Kirsten Dunst gained recognition for her performance in the 1994 horror film Interview with the Vampire. Later she attained more fame when she acted in the Spiderman, its sequels Spiderman 2 and Spiderman 3. The Virgin Suicides, Elizabethtown, Marie Antoinette, Melancholia and The Beguiled are some of her other notable films. She has also acted in television series like Fargo.

 2 Zazie Beetz

Zazie Beetz.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mitte, Berlin, Germany

German-American actress, Zazie Beetz, is best known for her role in the FX comedy-drama series Atlanta. She became interested in acting while in high school and appeared in many community theater productions. She began her career with small roles in short films and established herself as a popular TV actress in a few years.

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 3 Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Pia Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German beauty queen who participated in the 64th Miss Universe pageant where she was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach is also a model, actress, and TV personality; she had to quit her showbusiness career temporarily to participate in the beauty pageant. She is also an advocate for gender equality and works towards raising awareness of HIV.

 4 Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rheinberg, Germany
In 2020, Claudia Schiffer stunned fans with an Instagram picture in a lacy blue gown on her 50th birthday, looking not any less desirable than a 20-something. The German model had earlier soared to fame as the face of Chanel and has graced the cover of American Vogue 16 times.

 5 Nico

Nico.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: July 18, 1988

Nico was a German musician, singer, and songwriter. Her work continues to serve as an inspiration to several musicians like Björk, Morrissey, and the English rock band The Cure. In 2017, Susanna Nicchiarelli directed Nico's biographical film titled Nico, 1988. Also an actress, Nico appeared in many films, including Andy Warhol's experimental underground film Chelsea Girls.

 6 Sibel Kekilli

Sibel Kekilli
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heilbronn, Germany

Two-time Lola Award-winning German actor Sibel Kekilli is best known to international audiences as Shae from the iconic HBO series Game of Thrones. The Turkish-origin actor took up many odd jobs, working as a porn actor and a waitress, before stepping into mainstream movies and tasting success with Head-On.

 7 Anne Buydens

Anne Buydens.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Anne Buydens is a philanthropist and film producer. She is best known for her 65-year-marriage with American actor Kirk Douglas. A cancer survivor, Anne Buydens works towards raising money for cancer research. She is credited with establishing Research for Women's Cancers, which raised money to help set up a research facility in Los Angeles.

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 8 Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum.
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Famous As: Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach, West Germany

German-American model and TV host, Heidi Klum has been featured on the cover of French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish Vogue magazines. She was the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel. After a successful modeling career, she became a TV host in the 2000s. She is actively involved in philanthropic endeavors. 

 9 Franka Potente

Franka Potente
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Münster, Germany

Franka Potente is a German actress who took the entertainment world by storm with her performance in her debut film, After Five in the Forest Primeval, for which she won a Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress. After establishing herself in her native country, she moved on to Hollywood, appearing in multiple popular films. 

 10 Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Audra McDonald is a singer and actress primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage. She has appeared in multiple musicals, operas, and dramas and is the recipient of six Tony Awards. She is a classically trained soprano and has performed with the Los Angeles Opera. She has also acted in many TV shows and films. 

 11 Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Elisabeth Röhm is best known as Kate Lockley from Angel and as Serena Southerlyn from Law & Order. Fans also loved in movies such as American Hustle. She was named to Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2002 and was also a skilled horseback rider earlier but quit it after an accident.

 12 Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 22, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 8, 2003

 13 Nastassja Kinski

Nastassja Kinski.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nastassja Kinski is a German actress who played a major role in the success of several European and American films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. One of the most popular German sex symbols of her generation, Kinski appeared in erotic films like Cat People. She is also renowned for her much-publicized personal life, which includes her relationship with Roman Polanski.

 14 Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schweigmatt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

 15 Kim Raver

Kim Raver.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Kim Raver is best known as Dr. Teddy Altman from Grey's Anatomy. She has also appeared as Kim Zambrano in Third Watch, Nico Reilly in Lipstick Jungle, and Audrey Raines in 24. She has also appeared in the film Night at the Museum and voiced Captain Marvel in Marvel Rising.

 16 Annette Schwarz

Annette Schwarz
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Fetish model, Glamour model, Model
Birthdate: March 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rhineland-Palatinate

Born in Germany, Annette Schwarz studied in all-girls school in France and then moved to Munich as an aspiring surgical nurse. However, after spotting an ad for the porn company GGG, she stepped into the adult movie industry at age 18. She has won porn awards including the AVN Award.

 17 Brittney Powell

Brittney Powell.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Würzburg
Best known for her relationship with the late pint-sized actor Verne Troyer of Austin Powers fame, Brittney Powell gained popularity with Celebrity Wife-Swap. She has also appeared in single-episode or cameo roles in a number of series, such as Friends and Titans. She has a son from a previous marriage.

 18 Helena Zengel

Helena Zengel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 2008
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

When German actor Helena Zengel won the Lola Award for the Best Actress for System Crasher, she became the youngest performer to achieve the feat. She has also appeared with Tom Hanks in News of the World and earned a Golden Globe nomination for it.

 19 Toni Garrn

Toni Garrn.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
German model/actor Toni Garrn gained recognition after signing with Calvin Klein and then modeled for Victoria's Secret. She played Reeva Steenkamp in Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer and also appeared in Spider-Man: Far from Home. An avid philanthropist, she is associated with the Because I Am a Girl campaign.

 20 Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany

 21 Florence Kasumba

Florence Kasumba.
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Birthdate: October 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda

Ugandan-born German actor Florence Kasumba is best known as Ayo from the Marvel films. Apart from voicing Shenzi in the 2019 version of The Lion King, she has also appeared in Wonder Woman. The multilingual actor was first inspired to join the entertainment industry after watching a musical at 12.

 22 Briana Banks

Briana Banks
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Glamour model, Model
Birthdate: May 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich

Briana Banks is a German American adult actress and model. Born in Germany, she later moved to USA where she began her career as a model. She eventually ventured into pornography and appeared in many popular adult videos. She was also featured in the cable TV series Vivid Valley. She was inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame in 2016.  

 23 Lisa Vicari

Lisa Vicari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, Bavaria, German

 24 Heike Makatsch

Heike Makatsch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

The daughter of former German ice-hockey player Rainer Makatsch, Heike Makatsch initially apprenticed as a dressmaker. She began her entertainment career hosting shows such as Interaktiv. She later appeared in movies such as Love Actually and Am I Beautiful? She also earned an Emmy nomination for Margarete Steiff.

 25 Alexandra Maria Lara

Alexandra Maria Lara.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

One doesn’t come across an actor who manages her own red-carpet look, but Romanian-German actor Alexandra Maria Lara claims she does just that. Married to actor Sam Riley, she has appeared with him in several films, too. She is the star of the upcoming spy thriller The King's Man.

 26 Elke Sommer

Elke Sommer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 27 Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 13, 2017

Known as the Rolling Stones muse, for her affairs with at least two of the iconic rock band’s members, Anita Pallenberg was an actor-model. The Rolling Stones tracks such as You Got The Silver and Angie were inspired by her. She had also studied fashion designing after recovering from drug addiction.

 28 Antje Traue

Antje Traue
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mittweida

 29 Meryem Uzerli

Meryem Uzerli.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany

Turkish-German actor and model Meryem Uzerli soared to fame playing Hürrem Sultan in the Turkish series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, a role that earned her a Golden Butterfly Award. She has also appeared in German series such as Notruf Hafenkante and films such as Journey of No Return.

 30 Fahriye Evcen

Fahriye Evcen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany

 31 Helene Fischer

Helene Fischer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]

Helene Fischer is a German singer, dancer, actress, and TV presenter. She attended the Frankfurt Stage & Musical School to study singing and acting. She made her debut in 2005 and found immediate success. Eventually, she started singing in English as well. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including 17 Echo awards and four "Krone der Volksmusik" prizes. 

 32 Emilie Schindler

Emilie Schindler
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Famous As: Writer, Autobiographer
Birthdate: October 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maletín
Died: October 5, 2001

Emilie Schindler is best remembered as the wife of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved over a thousand Jews from the Nazis by employing them at his factory and later inspired the iconic Steven Spielberg movie Schindler's List. She later fled to Argentina with Oskar but was abandoned by him.

 33 Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staaken, Berlin, Germany

 34 Martina Big

Martina Big
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Germany

 35 Bella Dayne

Bella Dayne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 36 Alicia von Rittberg

Alicia von Rittberg.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Alicia von Rittberg is a German actress who achieved international fame after playing Emma in the 2014 American war film, Fury. An acclaimed actress in Germany, Alicia von Rittberg is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Bambi Award, which she won for her portrayal of Ida Lenze in the German drama TV series, Charité.

 37 Evelyn Sharma

Evelyn Sharma
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: July 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frankfurt

 38 Lilli Palmer

Lilli Palmer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poznań, Poland
Died: January 27, 1986

 39 Nina Hagen

Nina Hagen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany

Nina Hagen is a German singer-songwriter and actress. She began her career as an actress and gained fame as a singer during the punk and new wave movements in the 1970s and 1980s. Her parents are also actors and singers. Hagen is a voice-over artist as well. She is involved in human and animal rights activism. 

 40 Nadia Hilker

Nadia Hilker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 41 Marta Kristen

Marta Kristen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 42 Caroline Vreeland

Caroline Vreeland
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C, United States

 43 Maria Riva

Maria Riva
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Born to actor Marlene Dietrich, Maria Riva started her career as a child actor, working in films such as The Scarlet Empress. The Emmy-nominated actor had also been part of CBS teleplays such as The Milton Berle Show. She had penned a bestselling memoir on her mother, too.

 44 Peri Baumeister

Peri Baumeister
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 45 Maja Schöne

Maja Schöne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

 46 Nina Hoss

Nina Hoss
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 47 Suzanne Bernert

Suzanne Bernert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany

 48 Tracey E. Bregman

Tracey E. Bregman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 49 Barbara Bouchet

Barbara Bouchet
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reichenberg, Sudetenland, Germany [now Liberec, Czech Republic]

 50 Tatjana Patitz

Tatjana Patitz
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany