Franka Potente

Franka Potente

Jul. 22nd, 1974
Born in
Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
5' 8½

Franka Potente's Main TV Roles

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The Bridge TV Show
The Bridge
Taboo TV Show
Copper TV Show

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[none found]


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 Run, Lola, Run (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.

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 Run, Lola, Run (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. German citizenship. Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005 Was director for the short movie Digging for Belladona (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 of Sicilian descent. During the shooting of Blow (2001), she was so impressed by Johnny Depp that she always blushed in his presence. Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Polly, in April 2011.


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