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Sandra Hüller
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Hüller in 2017
Born (1978-04-30) 30 April 1978 (age 44)
Alma mater Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Notable work
Toni Erdmann
Requiem

Sandra Hüller (German: [ˈzandʁa ˈhʏlɐ]; born 30 April 1978) is a German actress. She gained critical praise for her portrait of Anneliese Michel in Hans-Christian Schmid's drama Requiem (2006), and is best known internationally for her starring role in Maren Ade's comedy Toni Erdmann (2016). Besides Julia Jentsch, Nina Hoss and Paula Beer she is the only German actress to win either the European Film Award or the Silver Bear for Best Actress, top honors of the European Film Academy and Berlin Film Festival, in the 21st century. Hüller has starred in German, Austrian, British and French films.

Life and career

Hüller was born in Suhl, East Germany. She studied theater from 1996 to 2000 at the Hochschule Für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch", Berlin. She appeared from 1998 to 2001 at the Jena Theater, Thuringia and then for one year at the Schauspiel Leipzig. It was Oliver Held who recommended her to the Theater Basel, Switzerland where she appeared until 2006.

Prior to the release of Toni Erdmann in 2016, Hüller was best known for her role as Michaela Klingler in Hans-Christian Schmid's film Requiem, for which she won the Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2006.

In 2014, she won the German Film Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Franziska Feldenhoven in Frauke Finsterwalder's film Finsterworld.

In 2019, she appeared in two French films, Justine Triet's Sibyl, where she played film director Mika, and in Alice Winocour's Proxima as the psychologist Wendy.

Hüller portrayed Contess Irma Sztáray in Frauke Finsterwalder's upcoming film Sisi & I, a retelling of the later years of Empress Elisabeth of Austria from the point of view of her lady-in-waiting, Irma Sztáray. The film is scheduled to be released in Germany on 16 March 2023.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Nicht auf den Mund Daisy Short film
1999 Midsommar Stories Beatrice Segment "Sabotage"
2006 Requiem Michaela Klingler
2006 Kühe lächeln mit den Augen Julia
2006 Madonnen Rita
2008 Where in This World Short film
2008 A Woman in Berlin Steffi
2008 The Architect Reh Winter
2009 Roentgen Charlotte Short film
2009 Fly Sarah Short film
2009 Germany 09: 13 Short Films About the State of the Nation Ulrike Meinhof Segment "Die Unvollendete"
2009 Miss Stinnes Motors Round the World [de] Clärenore Stinnes
2009 Henri 4 Catherine
2010 Brownian Movement Charlotte
2010 Aghet – Ein Völkermord Tacy Atkinson Documentary
2011 Über uns das All Martha Sabel
2012 Fluss Mother Short film
2012 Strings Mother
2013 Finsterworld Franziska Feldenhoven
2014 Lose My Self Frauke / Lena's friend
2014 Amour Fou Marie
2016 Toni Erdmann Ines Conradi
2017 Don't Superhero Short film
2017 Fack ju Göhte 3 Biggi Enzberger
2018 In the Aisles Marion Koch
2018 25 km/h Tanja
2019 Sibyl Mika
2019 Proxima Wendy
2019 Exil Nora
2021 I'm Your Man Employee
2021 Munich – The Edge of War Helen Winter Netflix film
2023 Sisi & I Irma Sztáray Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Der Kriminalist Conny Lojewski 1 episode
2013 Pinocchio Fox Miniseries
2014 Polizeiruf 110 Karen Wagner 1 episode
2016 Crime Scene Cleaner (Der Tatortreiniger) Silke Hansen 1 episode

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Bavarian Film Award Best New Actress N/A Won
2006 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Requiem Won
German Film Awards Best Actress Won
German Film Critics Award Best Actress Won
Sitges Film Festival Best Actress Won
European Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2007 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Actress Madonnen Won
2009 Ulrich-Wildgruber-Preis Won
2011 German Film Critics Award Best Actress Above Us Only Sky Won
2012 German Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Festival International des Jeunes Réalisateurs
de Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Best Actress Won
Festival de Valenciennes Best Actress Won
2014 German Film Award Best Supporting Actress Finsterworld Won
2014 German Television Awards Best Actress Polizeiruf 110 Nominated
2016 European Film Awards Best Actress Toni Erdmann Won
Bavarian Film Award Best Actress Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Award Best Actress Won
2017 German Film Awards Best Actress Won
London Critics Circle Film Awards Actress of the Year Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Nominated
German Film Critics Award Best Actress Nominated
2018 SESC Film Festival Best Foreign Actress Won
German Film Awards Best Supporting Actress In the Aisles Nominated
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