Franka Potente

Born Jul 22, 1974

Franka Potente is a German film actress and singer. She first appeared in the comedy After Five in the Forest Primeval (1995) and gained critical recognition in the action thriller Lola rennt (released in English as Run Lola Run) (1998). Potente received Germany's highest film and television awards for her performances in Run Lola Run and Opernball.… Read More

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1974 Birth Born on July 22, 1974.


1995 20 Years Old After finishing high school in Germany, Potente enrolled at the Otto Falckenberg School of Performing Arts in Munich. Potente took acting jobs outside school time and appeared in her first movie in the 1995 student film Aufbruch. … Read More
1996 21 Years Old She received the 1996 Bavarian Film Award for Young Talent for her work in this film. … Read More
1998 23 Years Old Potente was in a relationship with director Tom Tykwer from 1998 until January 2003. She then briefly dated Eric Melvin, the guitarist for the punk band NOFX. In April 2011, Potente and her partner, actor Derek Richardson, had a daughter named Polly. In mid-2012, the couple were married. … Read More


2006 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2006, she starred with Eric Bana and Marton Csokas in the Australian drama film Romulus, My Father, for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Industry Award for Best Lead Actress.
2007 32 Years Old Starting on 22 May 2007, Potente had a three-episode recurring role in the FX drama The Shield, where she played Diro Kesakhian, "the ruthless godmother of L.A.'s Armenian mafia".
2008 33 Years Old After appearing in Eichmann (2007), she had one of the lead roles in the biographical film Che, which opened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. … Read More
2009 34 Years Old In 2009, she appeared in the House television series two-part episode "Broken" and in 2010, she appeared in Shanghai. … Read More
2011 36 Years Old In January 2011, she played Hilda in the BBC drama The Sinking of the Laconia. … Read More
2014 39 Years Old In 2014, Potente landed a role on the FX series The Bridge as Eleanor Nacht.


2016 41 Years Old In 2016, she co-starred in the horror film sequel The Conjuring 2 as real-life German-British parapsychologist Anita Gregory, and was cast in a supporting role in the BBC period drama miniseries Taboo, alongside Tom Hardy.
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