Nina Hoss

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Nina Hoss
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Hoss at the Berlinale 2020
Born (1975-07-07) 7 July 1975 (age 47)
Years active1996present
Known for
Alex Silva
(m. 2015)

Nina Hoss (German: [ˈniːna hɔs] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); born 7 July 1975) is a German stage and film actress.


Early life

Hoss was born in Stuttgart, West Germany. Her father, Willi Hoss  [ de ], was a German trade unionist and politician (member of the Bundestag with The Greens). Her mother, Heidemarie Rohweder  [ de ], was an actress at Stuttgart National Theatre and later director of the Esslingen-based Württemberg State Playhouse (Württembergische Landesbühne Esslingen).


Hoss acted in radio plays at the age of seven and appeared on stage for the first time at the age of 14. [1]

In 1997, Hoss graduated from the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. Her first major success was the title role Rosemarie Nitribitt of Bernd Eichinger's A Girl Called Rosemary in 1996, a period drama (based on an actual scandal) set in the 1950s that looks back at the days of West Germany's postwar Wirtschaftswunder with, what a New York Times review calls a "curdling cynicism". [2]

In 2000, Hoss was one of the Shooting Stars at the Berlinale. Her close collaboration with director Christian Petzold has been extremely successful: she won the 2003 Adolf Grimme Award for her role in his film Something to Remind Me and two years later the Adolf Grimme Award in Gold for Wolfsburg . Her performance of Yella , earned her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007 and the German Film Award in 2008. [3] Another collaboration with Petzold, Barbara , in which Hoss plays a doctor exiled to an East German provincial backwater in 1980, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. In a review of her 2009 film A Woman in Berlin , The New York Times remarked that Hoss, "whose strong frame and graceful bearing suggest both old-style movie-star glamour and Aryan ideals of feminine beauty, is an actress of haunting subtlety, and the film, episodic, ambitious and a few beats too long, is held together by the force of her performance." [4] The Washington Post, reviewing Phoenix (2015), again directed by Petzold, wrote "Hoss’s breathtaking portrayal, especially in the film’s final minutes, makes it clear why director Christian Petzold has made a habit of working with her". [5] She later made her name in Hollywood playing a German agent in three seasons of the series Homeland (2014–17). Hoss starred in the 2020 miniseries The Defeated , and will be a series regular in season three of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in 2022. [6]

As a stage actress, Hoss was an ensemble member at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin from 1998 to 2013, where she appeared as Medea and as Franziska in Minna von Barnhelm (2005).[ citation needed ] In 2013, she joined the ensemble of the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin. There, she starred in three productions by director Thomas Ostermeier, including Lillian Hellman's 'Little Foxes' (2014) and the world premiere of Yasmina Reza's Bella Figura (2015). [7] [8] In his stage production (2017) of Didier Eribon's book Returning to Reims, her starring role drew autobiographically from her relationship with her father and his activist politics. [9] [10]

Hoss recorded a duet with the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers called "Europa geht durch mich" ("Europe goes through me") for the album Futurology which was released on 7 July 2014. [11] Hoss features on the 2021 album Bright Magic by Public Service Broadcasting. [12]

She stars in Tár alongside Cate Blanchett as Sharon Goodnow, a violin player who is the partner of conductor Lydia Tár. [13] In the film, Hoss plays the first violin of an orchestra, a rare position for a woman. [14]

Other activities

Hoss in 2012 Nina Hoss (Berlinale 2012).jpg
Hoss in 2012

Hoss has been a member of the juries of the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009, the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 and the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in 2016. [15]

In addition, Hoss was a jury member of the German Film Academy's First Steps awards for young filmmakers in 2000. [16] She served as the sole judge of the 2012 Alfred Kerr Acting Prize at the Berliner Theatertreffen. [17] In 2018, she was part of the jury that awarded the first-ever Wortmeldungen Prize for Literature of the Crespo Foundation. [18]

Since 2019, Hoss has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [19]

Social and political commitment

Hoss supports the Make Poverty History campaign [20] and fights female genital mutilation. She is quoted as saying, "For me, genital mutilation, torture, is one of the worst crimes in the name of so-called honour on earth. I dream that it will be possible for this form of domination over women to be abandoned." [21] In continuation of the work of her father she is committed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Pará in Brazil against the destruction of the rain forest and to improve the living conditions of the indigenous people living there. [22] In 2017, she joined Cate Blanchett, Lars von Trier and others in signing a petition in support of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov and a crack down on artistic expression. [23]

Hoss served as an Alliance 90/The Greens delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2004 and 2010.

Personal life

Hoss married British music producer Alex Silva in 2015 after having been in a relationship with him for 12 years. They have no children. [24] [25]

Hoss has received numerous state honors, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2013) and was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (2015). [26]


1996 And Nobody Weeps for Me  [ de ]Marilli Kosemund
1996 A Girl Called Rosemary Rosemarie Nitribitt TV movie
1998Rider of the FlamesMarie Rätzer
1998Love Your Neighbour!Liz
1999The VolcanoMarion von Kammer
2000Die Geiseln von Costa RicaKikiTV movie
2001 Toter Mann LeylaTV movie
2002 Naked Charlotte
2002 Epstein's Night  [ de ]Paula
2002 Emilia Galotti Countess OrsinaTV movie
2003 Wolfsburg Laura Reiser
2003 Leonce und Lena Prinzessin LenaTV movie
2005 The White Masai Carola Mamutelil geb. Lehmann
2006 Atomised Jane
2006HannahHannah Morgan
2007 Yella Yella Fichte
2007 The Heart Is a Dark Forest  [ de ]Marie
2008 The Anarchist's Wife Lenin
2008 Jerichow Laura
2008 A Woman in Berlin Anonyma
2010 We Are the Night Louise
2011 Summer Window  [ de ]Juliane Kreisler
2012 Barbara Barbara
2013 Gold Emily Meyer
2014 A Most Wanted Man Irna Frey
2014 Phoenix Nelly Lenz
2014–17 Homeland AstridTV series, 13 episodes
2017 Return to Montauk Rebecca
2019 The Audition  [ de ]Anna Bronsky
2019 Pelican Blood Wiebke
2019Criminal (Germany)Claudia
2020 My Little Sister Lisa
2020 The Defeated Elsie GartenMiniseries; 8 episodes
2022 The Contractor Katia
2022 Tár Sharon GoodnowFilm
2022 Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan AlenaSeason 3; series regular

Awards and nominations

Special Awards

YearNominated WorkAwardCategoryResultsRef
2002Toter Mann German Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie Made for TelevisionNominated
2004 Wolfsburg German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
German Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie Made for TelevisionNominated
2006 The White Masai Bavarian Film Awards Best Actress (Darstellerpreis)Won [29]
2007 Yella Bambi Awards Best Actress - NationalNominated
Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Won
German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleWon
2008Jupiter AwardBest German ActressWon
2012 Barbara Capri Hollywood Film FestivalBest ActressWon
Dublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressNominated
European Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Indiewire Critics' PollBest ActressNominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best ActressNominated
2013German Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress (Beste Darstellerin)Nominated
International Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActressNominated
2014Fenster zum SommerJupiter AwardsBest German TV ActressNominated
2015 Phoenix Dublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressNominated
German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
Indiewire Critics' PollBest Lead ActressNominated
Jupiter AwardBest German ActressNominated
Mons International Festival of Love FilmsBest ActressWon
Seattle International Film Festival Best ActressWon
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Won
Village Voice Film Poll Best ActressNominated
2016Chlotrudis AwardsBest ActressNominated
International Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActressNominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Nominated
Seattle Film Critics AwardsBest ActressWon
Homeland Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2019 The Audition San Sebastián International Film Festival Silver Shell for Best Actress Won [30]
Stockholm Film Festival Best ActressWon
2020Días de Cine AwardsBest Foreign ActressNominated
Pelican Blood Guenter Rohrbach FilmpreisBest Female ActorWon
My Little Sister European Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
German Screen Actors AwardsBest Leading Actress (Beste Hauptdarstellerin)Nominated
2021Festival del Cinema EuropeoBest European ActorWon
The AuditionGerman Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress (Beste Darstellerin)Won
Pelican BloodWon
2022 Tár Florida Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress (shared with Jessie Buckley)Won [31]
Gotham Independent Film Awards Outstanding Supporting Performance Nominated [32]
2023 Dorian Awards Supporting Film Performance of the YearPending [33]
Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Performance Pending [34]
London Film Critics' Circle Supporting Actress of the Year Pending [35]
National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Runner-up [36]
North Dakota Film Society Best Supporting ActressNominated [37]
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated [38]
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Nominated [39]

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