Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Alexandra Maria Lara (born Alexandra Plataranu, November 12, 1978) is a Romanian brn German actress. She performs predominantly in leading roles in a variety of historical and crime films. Alexandra Maria Lara is best know for her roles in Control , Youth wihtout Youth , Nackt (2002), Downfall (2004), About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (2005), and The Reader (2008). Born in Bucharest, Lara is the only child of Valentin Plătăreanu, a Bucharest actor, and his wife, Doina, a homemaker. When she was four (in 1983) her family decided to flee to West Germany to escape Nicolae Ceauşescu's regime in Communist
By age 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. After graduating at the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin in 1997, Lara went on studying acting under the management of her father, co-founder of the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg, until 2000. Due to her convincing performance in Der Untergang, 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. 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). In August 2009 she married English actor Sam Riley with whom she acted in the movie Control .
After graduating at the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin in 1997, Lara went on studying acting under the management of her father, co-founder of the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg, until 2000.
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