Martina Gedeck

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Martina Gedeck
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Martina Gedeck, Berlin, 2007
Born(1961-09-14) 14 September 1961 (age 52)
Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
Years active1981–present
AwardsDeutscher Filmpreis
(1997, 2002)
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Martina Gedeck
Martina Gedeck - Berlin Film Festival 2007 (2) (cropped).jpg
Martina Gedeck, Berlin, 2007
Born(1961-09-14) 14 September 1961 (age 52)
Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
Years active1981–present
AwardsDeutscher Filmpreis
(1997, 2002)

Martina Gedeck [ɡəˈdɛk] (born 14 September 1961) is a German actress. She came to broader, international attention due to her roles in films such as Mostly Martha (2001), The Lives of Others (2006), and The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008).[1] She has won numerous awards, including the Deutscher Filmpreis in 1997 for Supporting Actress in Life is All You Get, and in 2002 for Actress in Mostly Martha.[2]


Martina Gedeck was born 14 September 1961 in Munich, West Germany and grew up in Bavaria, the oldest of three girls.[3] In 1971, her family moved to Berlin, where the eleven-year-old debuted as an actress in children's television shows.[4]

After graduating school in 1981, she enrolled at the Free University of Berlin, majoring in German Literature and History.[4] From 1982 to 1986, Martina attended acting classes at the Berlin University of the Arts. During that time, she made her stage debut at the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt. Gedeck performed regularly at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, and appeared in plays in Basel, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.[4]

In 1994, Gedeck gained the attention of film audiences with her performance in Sönke Wortmann's hit comedy Maybe... Maybe Not (Der bewegte Mann). In 1995, Gedeck received critical praise for her award-winning performance in the television drama Hölleisengretl. In 1997, she furthered her reputation with her performance as Lilo in Wolfgang Becker's Life is All You Get (Das Leben ist eine Baustelle).[4] In 1997, she received the German Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as a shy waitress in Helmut Dietl's Rossini – oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief (de).[2][4] By the end of the 1990s, Gedeck had established herself as "one of the most prolific character actresses in Germany" with ambitious feature films such as Jew-Boy Levi (Viehjud Levi) and television dramas like Dominik Graf's Deine besten Jahre. She garnered awards and nominations throughout this period of her career.[4]

Martina Gedeck at the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2011
Martina Gedeck, Berlinale, 2013

Gedeck's international breakthrough came with her performance in Sandra Nettelbeck's Mostly Martha (Bella Martha). In the film, she plays a workaholic chef who is forced to adjust to major changes in her personal and professional life that are beyond her control. The film won the Créteil International Women's Film Festival Grand Prix Award, and the Goya Award for Best European Film in 2002. It also received a German Film Award Nomination for Outstanding Feature Film. For her performance, Gedeck received a European Film Award Nomination for Best Actress (2002), the German Film Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Actress (2002), and the German Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (2003).[5]

In 2006 Gedeck appeared in five major films: The Elementary Particles (2006) as Christiane, The Lives of Others (2006) as Christa-Maria Sieland, The Perfect Friend (2006) as Marlène, Summer '04 (2006) as Miriam Franz, and Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd (2006) as Hanna Schiller, starring opposite Matt Damon and John Turturro.[4] The Lives of Others won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1]

In 2008 Gedeck played the role of Ulrike Meinhof in The Baader Meinhof Complex. In 2010, Gedeck, who is affiliated with the Green Party, served as an elector in the Federal Assembly to elect the new President of Germany.[6] That year, she appeared in Jew Suss: Rise and Fall and Agnosía.

In 2012 she appeared in The Wall and The Door, and in 2013, she appeared in The Nun and Night Train to Lisbon. Gedeck resides in Berlin with her partner, Swiss director Markus Imboden.[3] In 2013 she was named as a member of the jury at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[7]


Awards and nominations[edit]

1995Grimme-PreisBest CastJust an affairWon
1995Bavarian TV AwardsBest ActressHölleisengretl[8]Won
1997German Film AwardBest Supporting ActressRossiniWon
1997Golden LionBest ActressThe NephewNominated
1997TelStarBest ActressThe NephewWon
1998Golden LionBest Supporting ActressBella Block[9]Won
1998Grimme-PreisBest ActressThe Nephew, Bella BlockWon
1999Bavarian Film AwardsBest ActressThe Green Desert[10]Won
2000Bavarian TV AwardsBest ActressBest Years[8]Won
2001Baden-Baden TV Film FestivalBest CastRomeoWon
2002European Film AwardBest ActressMostly MarthaNominated
2002German Film AwardBest ActressMostly MarthaWon
2002Grimme-PreisBest ActressRomeoWon
2002Preis der deutschen FilmkritikBest ActressMostly Martha[11]Won
2002Mons International FestivalBest ActressMostly MarthaWon
2003Goldene KameraBest ActressLost Country, The Mother[12]Won
2004Grimme-PreisBest ActressBack to LifeNominated
2004Deutscher FernsehpreisBest ActressHungry for Life[13]Won
2006European Film AwardBest ActressThe Lives of OthersNominated
2006German Film AwardBest ActressThe Elementary ParticlesNominated
2006Premio Bacco, Notte delle StelleBest ActressMostly Martha[14]Won
2006International Filmfestival KalugaBest ActressMostly MarthaWon
2006Diva AwardHall of FameOutstanding Artistic Contribution[2][15]Won
2007Berlin Film Festival, Silver BearBest CastThe Good ShepherdWon
2007Bavarian Film AwardsBest ActressMessy Christmas[10]Won
2007Jupiter AwardBest ActressThe Elementary ParticlesWon
2007Nastro d'Argento EuropeoBest ActressThe Lives of OthersWon
2008BZ Culture AwardOutstanding artistic contributionWon


  1. ^ a b "Martina Gedeck". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Awards for Martina Gedeck". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kevin Maher (1 November 2008). "'Germany's Meryl Streep' Martina Gedeck is the first lady of terror". The Times. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Martina Gedeck". Film Portal. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Awards for Mostly Martha". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "German Presidential Elections". LIFE. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Juries and Awards of the 70th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Preistraeger des Bayerischen Fernsehpreises" (pdf). Bayrische Staatsregierung. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bella Block: Das Gegenteil von Liebe". ZDF. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Bayerische Filmpreisträger" (pdf). Bayrische Staatsregierung. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Preisträger seit 1956". Verband der deutschen Filmkritik. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Die Goldene Kamera 2003, 4 Februar 2003". Die Goldene Kamera. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Preisträger 2004". Der Deutsche Fernsehpreis GmbH. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Preisträger". Notte Delle Stelle. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Die Preisträger der DIVA seit 1991". Diva Award. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 

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