Franka Potente

Birthday: Jul 22, 1974
Birthplace: Dülmen bei Münster, West Germany (now Germany)
Best known to international audiences for her portrayal of the flame-haired, hyper-kinetic heroine of Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run (1998), Franka Potente is one of Germany's fastest rising young actresses. Born on July 22, 1974, in the town of Dülmen, Potente was educated at Munich's Otto Falkenberg Schule and the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. According to legend, she was "discovered" as an actress by a casting agent who saw her in a bar restroom one night and asked her to describe herself in one sentence.Potente made an auspicious film debut in Hans-Christian Schmid's 1996 film Nach Fünf im Urwald, for which she won that year's Bavarian Film Prize for Young Talent; she subsequently did a good deal of television work before enjoying her international breakthrough in Run Lola Run. A huge hit in Germany and a sleeper success in the States, the film featured Potente in a state of constant locomotion, running through time and fate to save her boyfriend from the clutches of his gangster employers. Her performance, which combined urgency, unflappable verve, and surprising warmth, earned her the respect of any number of critics, and she found herself -- alongside director and then-boyfriend Tom Tykwer -- being hailed as one of the European cinema's most exciting new talents.Earning a German Shooting Stars award from the European Film Promotion in 1998, Potente went on to do starring work in a number of films, including Tykwer's The Princess and the Warrior (2000), which cast her as a lonely mental hospital nurse who falls in love with a disturbed army veteran-cum-thief. The actress' growing international stature was also reflected in her casting as Johnny Depp's girlfriend in Blow (2001), Ted Demme's account of the life of George Jung (Depp), a drug dealer who was instrumental in the rise of cocaine use in the 1970s. International fame continued to grow for the striking actress when, following a small role in the Todd Solandz satire Storytelling (2001), she was cast opposite Matt Damon in director Doug Liman's fast-paced thriller The Bourne Identity. Inspired by Run Lola Run (it not only utilized that film's star, but prominently featured a track from the Lola soundtrack in its advertising campaign), the action thriller started to expand Potente's strong cult appeal into full-blown commercial viability.After spending the next two years mostly absent from movie houses, Potente re-teamed with Damon for the sequel, The Bourne Supremacy in 2004. Potente would continue to enjoy stateside success in the years to come, appearing on shows like The Shield and House M.D., and starring on the series Copper.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
17% Muse Actor 2017
80% The Conjuring 2 Anita Gregory $102.5M 2016
4% Shanghai Leni Müller $45.2K 2015
No Score Yet No Way, Jose Uli 2015
No Score Yet Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt (Digging for Belladona) Screenwriter Director 2012
No Score Yet Beate Uhse - Das Recht auf Liebe Beate Uhse 2011
38% Eichmann Vera Less $3.2K 2010
No Score Yet The Precious One Actor 2010
67% Che: Part One (The Argentine) Tania $1.6M 2009
79% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) Tania $2.1M 2008
55% Romulus, My Father Christina 2008
No Score Yet The Bridge (Die Brück) Actor 2008
100% The Elementary Particles Annabelle 2006
No Score Yet Atomised Actor 2006
22% I Love Your Work Mia 2005
40% Creep Kate 2005
81% The Bourne Supremacy Marie Kreutz $176.1M 2004
No Score Yet The Tulse Luper Suitcases Part II - Vaux to the Sea Trixie Boudain 2004
No Score Yet Blueprint Actor 2003
29% Anatomy 2 Paula Henning 2003
0% All I Want (Try Seventeen) Jane 2002
83% The Bourne Identity Marie Kreutz $121.6M 2002
53% Storytelling Toby's Editor $0.9M 2002
55% Blow Barbara 2001
63% Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) Sissy 2000
58% Anatomie Paula Henning 2000
93% Run Lola Run Lola 1999
No Score Yet Bin ich schn? (Am I Beautiful?) Linda 1998
No Score Yet Opernball (Opera Ball) Actor 1998
No Score Yet Nach Fünf im Urwald Anna 1995

TV

CREDIT
88% The Bridge (FX)
2013-2014
Eleanor Nacht
  • 2014
81% Copper
2012-2013
Eva Heissen
  • 2013
  • 2012
76% American Horror Story
2012
Kassie Morgan
  • 2012
  • 2011
92% Psych
2006-2014
  • 2010
91% House
2004-2012
Lydia
  • 2009
88% The Shield
2002-2008
Diro Kesakhian
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2002

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