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Franka Potente Biography and Filmography
Franka Potente
Birthday: July 22, 1974
Birth Place: Dülmen bei Münster, West Germany (now Germany)
Height: 5' 8"
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Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. After a notable debut in Nach Fünf im Urwald (1995), the role of the heroine in Lola rennt (1998), directed by her then longtime companion Tom Tykwer was her national breakthrough. After some other successful movies in Germany, she starred in several Hollywood productions, most prominently The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and lived one year in Los Angeles. After her return to Berlin, she continues working with German and international directors.
Shantaram (2008)
[ Emily Watson ]
Guerrilla (2006)
[ Julia Ormond ]
Romulus, My Father (2006)
Elementarteilchen (2006)
[ Martina Gedeck ][ Corinna Harfouch ][ Jasmin Tabatabai ][ Nina Hoss ][ Nina Kronjaeger ]
Creep (2004)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
[ Julia Stiles ][ Joan Allen ][ Michelle Monaghan ][ Danja Muesch ]
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea (2004)
[ Isabella Rossellini ][ Ornella Muti ][ Anna Galiena ][ Valentina Cervi ]
Blueprint (2003)
[ Danja Muesch ][ Katja Studt ]
I Love Your Work (2003)
[ Christina Ricci ][ Kathleen Robertson ][ Haylie Duff ][ Judy Greer ][ Marisa Coughlan ]
Anatomie 2 (2003)
[ Heike Makatsch ]
Try Seventeen (2002)
[ Mandy Moore ][ Elizabeth Perkins ][ Debbie Harry ]
The Bourne Identity (2002)
[ Julia Stiles ]
Mer, La (2002)
Storytelling (2001)
[ Selma Blair ][ Mary Lynn Rajskub ][ Julie Hagerty ][ Angela Goethals ][ Jennifer Elise Cox ]
Blow (2001)
[ Penelope Cruz ][ James King ][ Rachel Griffiths ][ Emma Roberts ][ Monet Mazur ]
Krieger und die Kaiserin, Der (2000)
[ Nadja Brunckhorst ]
Anatomie (2000)
[ Sabrina Setlur ]
Schlaraffenland (1999)
[ Susanne Bormann ][ Camilla Renschke ][ Denise Zich ][ Ulrike Kriener ]
Südsee, eigene Insel (1999)
[ Alexandra Maria Lara ][ Andrea Sawatzki ]
Downhill City (1999)
¿Bin ich schön? (1998)
[ Heike Makatsch ][ Senta Berger ][ Iris Berben ][ Marie Zielke ][ Anica Dobra ]
Lola rennt (1998)
[ Suzanne Von-Borsody ][ Beate Finckh ]
Rennlauf (1998)
Opernball (1998)
[ Caroline Goodall ][ Desiree Becker ][ Gudrun Landgrebe ]
Drei Mädels von der Tankstelle, Die (1997)
Easy Day (1997)
Coming In (1997)
Une vie pour une autre (1997)
[ Florence Thomassin ]
Zwei Brüder - In eigener Sache (1996)
Nach Fünf im Urwald (1995)
  • Her last name "Potente" (pronounced Poe-ten-teh) means "powerful" in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Education: Otto Falckenberg School, Munich; Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York.
  • Her father is a teacher.
  • Graduated from high-school (German Gymnasium) in 1994.
  • Says she was discovered as an actress in a public restroom. She was in a bar when she noticed she was constantly stared at by some woman. She decided to leave but went to the restroom before. The woman followed her and again stared at her through the mirror. Suddenly she asked "How would you describe yourself in one sentence?". Turns out she was a casting agent.
  • Has a brother who is three years younger and was very sick when he was born. She says she always was very jealous on the way he was cosseted and that was why she often behaved like a clown and arranged performances to get more attention, and that this was why she decided to become an actress.
  • Tom Tykwer wrote Lola rennt (1998) specifically for her, with the intention of casting her as Lola.
  • In spring 2002, she broke up with longtime boyfriend Tom Tykwer.
  • Knows how to fence.
  • Disliked the strict fitness regimen and diet that were required for The Bourne Identity (2002).
  • Has occasionally shaved off her hair after filming movies because she has wanted time to get her "real" hair back (as it is dyed or bleached so often for roles).
  • Speaks fluent French, English and German.
  • Plays the violin and the flute.
  • Number 8 in 'Neon' Magazine's list of 100 most important young Germans. (Issue 1, September 2003)
  • 1998: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
  • 1/16th Italian by descent. Her great-great-grandfather was an Italian roof-tiler, who stayed in Germany.
  • Shares birthday with Danny Glover, Terence Stamp and John Leguizamo.
  • German citizenship.
  • Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005
  • Was director for the short movie Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt (2006) (German title) for the first time 2005. She also wrote the script.
  • Wrote her first book "Los Angeles - Berlin. One Year." together with her good friend, the actor Max Urlacher 2005.
  • She is Sicilian German.

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