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Alexandra Maria Lara

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Occupation  Actress
Role  Actress
Years active  1997–present
Spouse  Sam Riley (m. 2009)
Children  1
Upcoming movie  Geostorm
Name  Alexandra Lara

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Full Name  Alexandra Maria Platareanu
Born  12 November 1978 (age 44) (1978-11-12) Bucharest, Romania
Education  Franzosisches Gymnasium Berlin
Parents  Valentin Platareanu, Doina Platareanu
Movies  Rush, Downfall, Youth Without Youth, Control, The Reader
Similar People  Sam Riley, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Bruhl, Niki Lauda, James Hunt

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Alexandra Maria Lara (née Plătăreanu; 12 November 1978) is a Romanian-German actress best known for her roles in Downfall (2004), Control (2007), Youth Without Youth (2007), The Reader (2008), and Rush (2013).


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Early life

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Born in Bucharest, Lara is the only child of Valentin Plătăreanu, a Bucharest actor, and his wife, Doina. When she was four (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.

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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.


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By sixteen, she was already playing lead roles in various television dramas; since then, her career has developed and she has become a respected film actress. Her most famous role to date, which has resulted in international recognition, is 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 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.
  • More recently, she appeared in The Reader and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex which were both nominated for the 81st Academy Awards (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.


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