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Alexandra Maria Lara

Alexandra Maria Lara German actress

German actress
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German actress
A.K.A. Alexandra Plătăreanu
Countries Germany Romania
Occupations Actor Film actor
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 12 November 1978 (Bucharest)
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
Residence Berlin
Father: Valentin Plătăreanu
Spouse: Sam Riley
Height: 1.7399 m
Education Französisches Gymnasium Berlin
The details

Alexandra Maria Lara (née Plătăreanu; 12 November 1978) is a Romanian-German actress who has appeared in Downfall (2004), Control (2007), Youth Without Youth (2007), The Reader (2008), Rush (2013), and Geostorm (2017).

Early life

Born in Bucharest, Lara is the only child of Valentin Plătăreanu, an actor, and his wife, Doina. 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 playing lead roles in various television dramas; since then, she has appeared in films, including as 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).

In 2007 she also appeared as Belgian 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 played a lead role in Greek director Theo Angelopoulos's 2008 film The Dust of Time, opposite Irène Jacob and Bruno Ganz. She has also appeared in several French productions, including Napoléon and L'Affaire Farewell. She appeared in The Reader and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex which were both nominated for the 81st Academy Awards, for best picture and best foreign language film, respectively.

Personal life

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

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
  • If It Don't Fit, Use a Bigger Hammer (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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