Iris Berben

Iris Berben

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*12.08.1950 Detmold

Biography

Iris Berben, born August 12, 1950, in Detmold, grew up in Hamburg but left school shortly before her final exams and traveled to Israel. In 1968, she was an active member of the protest movement. Her movie career began with short films at Hamburg's Kunsthochschule, and her first feature film was "Detektive", directed by Rudolf Thome. Iris Berben took dancing and motion classes in London and studied language and voice with Hoffmann de Boer in Berlin. During the following years, Berben appeared in numerous film and TV productions, including Klaus Lemke's "Brandstifter" or the TV series "Himmlische Töchter" (1976), that made Berben widely known.

During the 1980s, Berben starred in comedies, including "Ach du lieber Harry" ("Oh My Dearest Harry") with Dieter Hallervorden, and "Siggi, der Straßenfeger" with Harald Juhnke, and in Michael Pfleghar's TV comedy series "Sketchup" alongside Diether Krebs. From the mid-1990s on, Berben played inspector Rosa Roth in the ZDF TV series of the same name. On the movie screen, Berben was seen in Peter Timm's "Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel" ("Rudy, The Racin Pig", 1995), in Doris Dörrie's "Bin ich schön?" ("Am I Beautiful?", 1998), and in Markus Imboden's "Frau Rettich, die Czerni und ich" ("Mrs. Rettich, Czerny And Me", 1998), among others. Besides her continually successful TV crime series "Rosa Roth", Berben appeared only in TV productions between 2000 and 2008. She won the German TV award in 2005 and in 2006 for her performances in the family drama "Die Patriarchin" and in Matti Geschonneck's tragicomedy "Die Silberhochzeit", that was written by Daniel Nocke.

Berben, who is involved in several social issues, for instance in the fight against right wing extremism, or as a member of the board of trustees of the German Aids foundation, did not return to the movie screen until late 2008: In Heinrich Breloer's Thomas Mann adaptation "Die Buddenbrooks" ("Buddenbrooks – The Decline of a Family"), Berben played Elisabeth Buddenbrook.

Apart from acting, Iris Berben has also worked continuously for several charitable causes dedicated to reconciliation and the fostering of relations between Germany and Israel. For her efforts, she was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (First Class), Women's World Award for Tolerance and the renowned Leo Beck Award. In 2008, she was presented with a lifetime award for her career and humanitarian work by the Deutschen Volkshochschul-Verband at the annual Adolf Grimme Awards.

She also remained busy as an actress: In 2009, she co-starred alongside Katharina Schüttler in "Es kommt der Tag", in which Berben plays a woman who is confronted with her long gone past as a terrorist by her daughter. That she can play comedy just as brilliant as drama, was proven again by her hilarious, over-the-top performance as the super villain "Q" in the kid adventure romp "Tiger Team".

Her portrayal of industrialist's wife Bertha Krupp in the miniseries "Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie" (2009) garnered her actor nomination at the 2010 Emmy Awards. She next starred as a stressed-out mother in the made-for-TV comedy "Meine Familie bringt mich um" (2010) and as a movie star, whose life is turned upside down in "Niemand ist eine Insel" (2011). In June 2011, she received a Bavarian Television Award for her lifetime achievement.

In Matti Geschonneck's tragicomedy "Liebesjahre" (2011, TV) Berben played a divorced woman who is confronted with her ex-husband and past conflicts. Along with Geschonneck and writer Magnus Vattrodt, Berben won a Grimme Award for her performance. She went on to play a woman under witness protection in the thriller "Die Kronzeugin - Mord in den Bergen" (2013) and composer Richard Wagner's second wife Cosima in "Der Wagner-Clan. Eine Familiengeschichte" (2013).

After a string of high-profile television productions, Iris Berben returned to the big screen with starring roles in the comedies "Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein" ("The Situation is Hopeless, But Not Serious") and "Miss Sixty" (2014).

Iris Berben gave another strong performance in "Sternstunden ihres Lebens" (2014, TV), a political drama about the drafting of Article 3 of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (anti-discrimination act; gender equality). In the film, she played the lead role, portraying Social Democrat Elisabeth Selbert.

Matti Geschonneck cast her in his period drama "Das Zeugenhaus" (2014, TV), in which she starred in another lead role as a Hungarian countess, whose villa is used to house witnesses of the war crime trial in Nuremberg in 1945. In cinema, Iris Berben starred in the romantic comedy "Traumfrauen" (2015) as a wife recently left by her husband soon finding herself entangled in amorous confusions. Subsequently, she turned to TV productions again, e.g. portraying the German chancellor who after an accident suffers from amnesia and believes herself to be in the GDR in 1989 in Markus Imboden's "Die Eisläuferin" (2015). In Buket Alakuş' "Die Neue" (2015), she played an idealistic teacher who faces a conflict when a new, Muslim pupil insists on wearing a headscarf in class. In 2016, she appeared in the biopic "Eddie the Eagle" (US/GB/DE) as a Bavarian pub owner that resolutely supports the British Olympic sportsman Michael "Eddie" Edwards. In the same year, she played a modern Titania from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Achim Bornhak's idiosyncratic Shakespeare adaptation "Shakespeares letzte Runde". In 2017, she was the young main character's grandmother in the children's film "Conni & Co" as well as in the film's sequel "Conni & Co 2 – Das Geheimnis des T-Rex". Also in 2017, starring alongside Klaus Maria Brandauer in the TV series "Capelli Code", she portrayed the German Home Secretary who is being kidnapped.

In 2010, Iris Berben and Bruno Ganz were elected presidents of the Deutsche Filmakademie.

Filmography

2016/2017 Conni & Co. 2 - Das Geheimnis des T-Rex
Cast
 
2016/2017 High Society
Cast
 
2016/2017 Jugend ohne Gott
Cast
 
2015/2016 Conni & Co.
Cast
 
2015/2016 Zeigen was man liebt
Participation
 
2015/2016 Eddie the Eagle
Cast
 
2015 Die Eisläuferin
Cast
 
2014/2015 Alki Alki
Cast
 
2014/2015 Traumfrauen
Cast
 
2014 Das Zeugenhaus
Cast
 
2013/2014 Miss Sixty
Cast
 
2013/2014 Sternstunde ihres Lebens
Cast
 
2012 Stille
Cast
 
2011/2012 Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein
Cast
 
2010/2011 Liebesjahre
Cast
 
2010 Meine Familie bringt mich um
Cast
 
2009/2010 Tiger-Team
Cast
 
2009 Horst Schlämmer - Isch kandidiere!
Cast
 
2008/2009 Es kommt der Tag
Cast
 
2007/2008 Buddenbrooks
Cast
 
2007 Duell in der Nacht
Cast
 
2006 Die Mauer - Berlin '61
Cast
 
2006 In guten Händen
Cast
 
2005/2006 Silberhochzeit
Cast
 
2004/2005 Die Patriarchin
Cast
 
2004 Das Kommando
Cast
 
2003/2004 Schöne Witwen küssen besser
Cast
 
2001/2002 Fahr zur Hölle, Schwester
Cast
 
2001/2002 Die Abrechnung
Cast
 
2001/2002 Wer liebt, hat Recht
Cast
 
2001 Täusche deinen Nächsten wie dich selbst
Cast
 
2000 Das Teufelsweib
Cast
 
2000 Ein mörderischer Plan
Cast
 
2000 Gefährliche Träume - Das Geheimnis einer Frau
Cast
 
1999/2000 Küsse und Bisse
Cast
 
1999 Todesflug
Cast
 
1999 Die Retterin
Cast
 
1999 Das Glockenbachgeheimnis
Cast
 
1998 Die Zauberfrau
Cast
 
1998 Wintersaat
Cast
 
1998 Jerusalem oder Die Reise in den Tod
Cast
 
1997/1998 Andrea und Marie
Cast
 
1997/1998 Bin ich schön?
Cast
 
1997/1998 Frau Rettich, die Czerny und ich
Cast
 
1997 Berlin
Cast
 
1997 Die Stimme
Cast
 
1997 Living Dead
Cast
 
1996/1997 Der stille Herr Genardy
Cast
 
1996 Montag, 26. November ...
Cast
 
1996 Nirgendwohin
Cast
 
1996 Kondom des Grauens
Cast
 
1995/1996 Peanuts - Die Bank zahlt alles
Cast
 
1995/1996 Verlorenes Leben
Cast
 
1995 Der gefälschte Sommer
Cast
 
1995 Lügen
Cast
 
1995 Mordauftrag
Cast
 
1995 Verliebte Feinde
Cast
 
1994/1995 Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel
Cast
 
1994 In Liebe und Tod
Cast
 
1993/1994 Schweigen des Herzens
Cast
 
1993/1994 Tod in Miami
Cast
 
1993 Sommerliebe
Cast
 
1992/1993 Im Himmel hört dich niemand weinen
Cast
 
1992 Ein Mann für meine Frau
Cast
 
1992 Das große Fest
Cast
 
1992 Verflixte Leidenschaft
Cast
 
1991/1992 Cosimas Lexikon
Cast
 
1991 Rochade
Cast
 
1991 Der Froschkönig
Cast
 
1990/1991 St. Petri Schnee
Cast
 
1990 Lex Minister
Cast
 
1990 Das zweite Leben
Cast
 
1989/1990 Das Erbe der Guldenburgs
Cast
 
1989 Das Geheimnis des gelben Geparden
Cast
 
1989 Karambolage
Cast
 
1988 Drei D
Cast
 
1988 Tagebuch für einen Mörder
Cast
 
1987/1988 Ein naheliegender Mord
Cast
 
1987 Flohr und die Traumfrau
Cast
 
1987 Das Viereck
Cast
 
1986 Berliner Weiße mit Schuß. VI.
Cast
 
1985 Beinah Trinidad
Cast
 
1985 Das Mißverständnis
Cast
 
1985 Im Himmel hört Dich niemand weinen
Cast
 
1984 Sigi, der Straßenfeger
Cast
 
1984 Ein Mann namens Parvus. Agent zwischen Kaiser und Revolution
Cast
 
1983/1984 Tapetenwechsel
Cast
 
1983/1984 Rallye Paris-Dakar
Cast
 
1983 Ein Mann für alle Fälle. Folge 4
Cast
 
1982/1983 Schwarzfahrer
Cast
 
1981/1982 Tote Lumpen jagt man nicht
Cast
 
1981 Die Baronin
Cast
 
1980/1981 Ach du lieber Harry
Cast
 
1980 Der Irrtum
Cast
 
1979 Ein Parasit
Cast
 
1979 Ein Mann für alle Fälle. Folge 3
Cast
 
1978/1979 Ein Mann für alle Fälle. Folge 2
Cast
 
1978 Klavierkonzert
Cast
 
1976/1977 Die Dienstreise
Cast
 
1976/1977 Eine Nacht im Oktober
Cast
 
1973/1974 Ulla oder Die Flucht in die schwarzen Wälder
Cast
 
1971 Kellner Windeck
Cast
 
1970/1971 Supergirl
Cast
 
1970 Laßt uns töten, Companeros
Cast
 
1969/1970 Stehaufmädchen
Cast
 
1969 Brandstifter
Cast
 
1968/1969 Der Mann mit dem Glasauge
Cast
 
1968 Detektive
Cast