Alexandra Maria Lara

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Alexandra Maria Lara

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Alexandra Maria Lara

Born Alexandra Maria Plătăreanu
(1978-11-12) 12 November 1978 (age 38)
Bucharest, Romania
Residence Berlin, Germany
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Sam Riley (m. 2009)
Children 1

Alexandra Maria Lara (née Plătăreanu; 12 November 1978)[1] is a Romanian-German actress best known for her roles in Downfall (2004), Control (2007), Youth Without Youth (2007), The Reader (2008), and Rush (2013).[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Bucharest, Lara is the only child of Valentin Plătăreanu, a Bucharest actor, and his wife, Doina. When she was four (in 1983), her family decided to flee to West Germany to escape Nicolae Ceauşescu‘s regime in Communist Romania. Although the family had originally planned to emigrate to Canada, they settled down in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, before eventually moving to Berlin.

After graduating at the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin in 1997, Lara went on to study acting under the management of her father, co-founder of the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg, finishing in 2000.


By sixteen, 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 Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler‘s secretary, in the Academy Award-nominated 2004 film Downfall; following this, Francis Ford Coppola wrote her a letter and gave her a leading role in Youth Without Youth (2007).


Personal life[edit]

In August 2009, Lara married English actor Sam Riley, with whom she acted in the films Control and Suite Française.[3] In January 2014, she gave birth to their first child, a boy.[4][5]

In addition to her native Romanian, Lara is fluent in German, English, and French.


  • Stella Stellaris (1994, TV miniseries)
  • Ich begehre dich (1995) as Mädchen am Bahnhof
  • Mensch, Pia! (1996, TV series, breakthrough role) as Pia Mangold
  • Faust: Tote weinen nicht (1997, TV) as Laura
  • Das Vorsprechen (1997, Short) as Junge Schauspielerin
  • Die Mädchenfalle – Der Tod kommt online (1998, TV Movie) as Silke Hartmann
  • Tatort: Fürstenschüler (1998,TV) as Kerstin
  • Die Bubi Scholz Story (1998, TV Movie) as Renate – jung
  • Polizeiruf 110: Sumpf (1999, TV) as Meike
  • Sperling (Sperling und der falsche Freund) (1999, TV)
  • Südsee, eigene Insel (1999) as Sandra
  • Vertrauen ist alles (2000, TV film) as Jennifer Blankenburg
  • Lady Cop(ep. Die Geliebte des Killers) (2000,TV) as Sabine Sasse
  • Fisimatenten (2000) as Hanna
  • Crazy (2000) as Melanie
  • Luftpiraten – 113 Passagiere in Todesangst (2000, TV Movie) as Nicolette
  • Der Tunnel (TV film, 2001) as Charlotte ‘Lotte’ Lohmann
  • Honolulu (2001) as Cleonise
  • 99 Euro Films (2001) (segment “Privat”)
  • Leo und Claire (2001) as Käthe Katzenberger
  • Liebe und Verrat (2002, TV film) as Marie Irimia
  • Was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht (2002) as Astrid
  • Schleudertrauma (2002, TV film) as Doreen
  • Naked (2002) as Annette
  • Napoléon (2002, TV miniseries) as Comtesse Marie Walewska
  • Doctor Zhivago (2002, TV film) as Tonya Gromyko Zhivago
  • Trenck (2003, TV film) as Prinzessin Amélie (Anna Amalia)
  • Der Wunschbaum (2004, TV miniseries) as Camilla Senger, geb. Hofmann
  • Leise Krieger (2004, Short) as Nora
  • Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel) as Traudl Junge
  • Cowgirl (2004) as Johanna ‘Paula’ Jakobi / Murderous Lady im Film Noir
  • Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe (2005) as Venus Morgenstern
  • Der Fischer und seine Frau (2005) as Ida
  • Offset (2006) as Brindusa Herghelegiu
  • Wo ist Fred? (2006) as Denise Poppnick
  • The Company (2007, TV miniseries) as Lili
  • Control (2007, directed by Anton Corbijn) as Annik Honore
  • I Really Hate My Job (2007) as Suzie
  • Youth Without Youth (2007, directed by Francis Ford Coppola) as Veronica / Laura / Rupini
  • Miracle at St. Anna (2008, directed by Spike Lee) as Axis Sally
  • Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008, directed by Uli Edel) as Petra Schelm
  • The Reader (2008, directed by Stephen Daldry) as Young Ilana Mather
  • The Dust of Time (2008)
  • Hinter Kaifeck (Kaifeck Murder) (2009) as Juliana Lukas
  • The City of Your Final Destination (2009, directed by James Ivory) as Deirdre Rothemund
  • L’affaire Farewell (2009) as Jessica
  • City of Life (2009) as Natalia Moldovan
  • The Nazi Officer’s Wife (2010)
  • Quartier lointain (2010) as Anna Verniaz née Zorn, la mère
  • Small World (2010) as Simone Senn
  • Rubbeldiekatz (2011, directed by Detlev Buck) as Sarah
  • Nachtlärm (2012) as Livia
  • Imagine (2012, directed by Andrzej Jakimowski) as Eva
  • Move On (2012) as Szefowa Lena
  • Rush (2013, directed by Ron Howard) as Marlene Lauda
  • Suite Française (2015, directed by Saul Dibb) as Leah
  • The Most Beautiful Day (2016) as Mona
  • Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt (2016) as Sharon Schalldämpfer
  • Vier gegen die Bank (2016, directed by Wolfgang Petersen) as Freddie
  • Geostorm (2017, directed by Dean Devlin) as Ute Fassbinder

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