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Franka Potente



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% The Conjuring 2
  • Anita Gregory
2016
No Score Yet No Way, Jose
  • Uli
2015
No Score Yet Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt (Digging for Belladona)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Beate Uhse - Das Recht auf Liebe
  • Beate Uhse
2011
38% Eichmann
  • Vera Less
2010
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine)
  • Tania
2009
80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)
  • Tania
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
43% Creep
  • Kate
2005
81% The Bourne Supremacy
  • Marie Kreutz
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
2002
53% Storytelling
  • Toby's Editor
2002
55% Blow
  • Barbara
2001
61% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Lydia
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
88% The Bridge (FX)
2013-2014
  • Eleanor Nacht
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Kassie Morgan
No Score Yet The Shield
2002-2008
  • Diro Kesakhian
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
83% Copper
2012-2013
  • Eva Heissen

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