Famous German Actresses

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

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 1 Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, American

An aspiring ballerina, Diane Kruger, turned towards modelling after an injury and eventually made her way into the world of acting. The German-American actress bagged limelight with the movie Troy and later cemented her position with an acclaimed film performance in Inglourious Basterds. Her other notable works include drama series The Bridge and movies National Treasure and In the Fade.

 2 Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American

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.

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 3 Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum
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Famous As: Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

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. 

 4 Zazie Beetz

Zazie Beetz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American

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.

 5 Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich
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Famous As: Actress & Singer
Birthdate: December 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, French
Died: May 6, 1992
Marlene Dietrich initially performed on stage in Berlin and then shot to fame with The Blue Angel. She continued to rule Hollywood with films such as Morocco, Desire, and Shanghai Express. She helped German and French exiles during World War II. Openly bisexual, she was famous for her androgynous image.

 6 Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 7 Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, Filipino

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.

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 8 Nastassja Kinski

Nastassja Kinski
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

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.

 9 Sibel Kekilli

Sibel Kekilli
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 10 Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
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.

 11 Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, American

 12 Nico

Nico
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, Spanish
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.

 13 Anne Buydens

Anne Buydens
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

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.

 14 Franka Potente

Franka Potente
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

 15 Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 22, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: September 8, 2003

 16 Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American
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.

 17 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
Nationality: German

 18 Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

 19 Kim Raver

Kim Raver
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
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.

 20 Brittney Powell

Brittney Powell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
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.

 21 Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, Italian
Died: June 13, 2017

 22 Evelyn Sharma

Evelyn Sharma
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: July 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, Indian

 23 Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American

 24 Toni Garrn

Toni Garrn
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
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.

 25 Nena

Nena
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Actor, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 26 Heike Makatsch

Heike Makatsch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 27 Briana Banks

Briana Banks
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Glamour model, Model
Birthdate: May 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American

 28 Gudrun Burwitz

Gudrun Burwitz
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Famous As: Tailor, Patternmaker, Secretary
Birthdate: August 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 29 Alexandra Maria Lara

Alexandra Maria Lara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German, Romanian

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.

 30 Florence Kasumba

Florence Kasumba
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Birthdate: October 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

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.

 31 Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt
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Famous As: Actor, Figure skater
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 32 Antje Traue

Antje Traue
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 33 Elke Sommer

Elke Sommer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 34 Helene Fischer

Helene Fischer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German, Russian

 35 Emilie Schindler

Emilie Schindler
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Famous As: Writer, Autobiographer
Birthdate: October 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Austrian, German
Died: October 5, 2001

 36 Meryem Uzerli

Meryem Uzerli
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German, Turkish

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.

 37 Nina Hagen

Nina Hagen
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 38 Maria Riva

Maria Riva
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German, American

 39 Liv Lisa Fries

Liv Lisa Fries
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 40 Alicia von Rittberg

Alicia von Rittberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

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.

 41 Marta Kristen

Marta Kristen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American

 42 Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, British, American
Died: December 30, 2014

Luise Rainer, the first actor to win consecutive Academy Awards, had decided to make a career as an actor after watching a circus performance at age 6. A prominent stage actor in Germany, she secured an MGM movie deal and move to the U.S. during the Nazi regime.

 43 Emmy Göring

Emmy Göring
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 24, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: June 8, 1973

 44 Lilli Palmer

Lilli Palmer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: January 27, 1986

 45 Uta Hagen

Uta Hagen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American
Died: January 14, 2004

 46 Nina Hoss

Nina Hoss
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

 47 Tracey E. Bregman

Tracey E. Bregman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 48 Barbara Bouchet

Barbara Bouchet
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German, Italian, American

 49 Tatjana Patitz

Tatjana Patitz
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 50 Bea Fiedler

Bea Fiedler
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German