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

Nina Hoss
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Hoss at the Berlinale 2020
Born (1975-07-07) 7 July 1975 (age 47)
Years active1996–present
Known for
Alex Silva
(m. 2015)

Early lifeEdit

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]

Other activitiesEdit

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.[13]

In addition, Hoss was a jury member of the German Film Academy's First Steps awards for young filmmakers in 2000.[14] She served as the sole judge of the 2012 Alfred Kerr Acting Prize at the Berliner Theatertreffen.[15] In 2018, she was part of the jury that awarded the first-ever Wortmeldungen Prize for Literature of the Crespo Foundation.[16]

Since 2019, Hoss has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[17]

Social and political commitmentEdit

Hoss supports the Make Poverty History campaign[18] 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."[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

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 lifeEdit

Hoss married British music producer Alex Silva in 2015 after having been in a relationship with him for 12 years. They have no children.[22][23]

Hoss has received numerous state honours 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).[24]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 And Nobody Weeps for Me [de] Marilli Kosemund
1996 A Girl Called Rosemary Rosemarie Nitribitt TV movie
1998 Rider of the Flames Marie Rätzer
1998 Love Your Neighbour! Liz
1999 The Volcano Marion von Kammer
2000 Die Geiseln von Costa Rica Kiki TV movie
2001 Toter Mann Leyla TV movie
2002 Naked Charlotte
2002 Epstein's Night [de] Paula
2002 Emilia Galotti Countess Orsina TV movie
2003 Wolfsburg Laura Reiser
2003 Leonce und Lena Prinzessin Lena TV movie
2005 The White Masai Carola Mamutelil geb. Lehmann
2006 Atomised Jane
2006 Hannah Hannah Morgan
2007 Yella Yella Fichte
2007 The Heart Is a Dark Forest 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 Astrid TV series, 13 episodes
2017 Return to Montauk Rebecca
2019 The Audition [de] Anna Bronsky
2019 Pelican Blood Wiebke
2019 Criminal (Germany) Claudia
2020 My Little Sister Lisa
2020 The Defeated Elsie Garten Miniseries; 8 episodes
2022 The Contractor Katia
2022 Tár Sharon Goodnow Filming
2022 Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Alena Season 3; series regular



  1. ^ Nina Hoss is judge of the 2012 Alfred Kerr Acting Prize (1 March 2012)[permanent dead link] Berliner Theatertreffen.
  2. ^ Stephen Holden (15 October 1999), "A Prostitute Undone by Ambition". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Berlinale 2011: International Jury Archived 25 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Berlin International Film Festival, 21 January 2011.(in German)
  4. ^ A. O. Scott (16 July 2009), "Diary of Soviet Violence in a Conquered Capital", The New York Times, 17 July 2009.
  5. ^ Merry, Stephanie (6 August 2015). "In 'Phoenix,' a woman fights back from the brink". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (18 May 2021). "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Betty Gabriel Joins Amazon Series in Recasting; Four Others Added for Season 3". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Beautiful Corpses and Yasmina Reza's "Bella Figura" | by Joseph Pearson". Schaubühne Berlin. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Nina Hoss". Schaubühne Berlin. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  9. ^ Vincentelli, Elisabeth (2 February 2018). "A 'Homeland' Spy Opens Up Onstage in 'Returning to Reims'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Class Traitors Didier Eribon and Thomas Ostermeier's "Returning to Reims" | by Joseph Pearson". Schaubühne Berlin. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  11. ^ Harris, John (26 June 2014). "Manic Street Preachers: Eurostars find a new strasse". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Public Service Broadcasting share new track 'People, Let's Dance' from upcoming 4th album".
  13. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (24 July 2016). "Laurie Anderson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Zhao Wei Set For Venice Jury". Variety. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  14. ^ The juries First Steps.
  15. ^ Nina Hoss is judge of the 2012 Alfred Kerr Acting Prize (1 March 2012)[permanent dead link] Berliner Theatertreffen.
  16. ^ Verleihung des WORTMELDUNGEN-Literaturpreises an Petra Piuk Wortmeldungen Prize for Literature, press release of 7 May 2018.
  17. ^ Academy Invites 842 To Membership Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, press release of 1 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Berlin Live 8 Concert Attracts Over 200,000 | Germany | DW.COM | 2 July 2005". DW.COM. Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  19. ^ "I have a dream". Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  20. ^ Barbara Jänichen: "Nina Hoss and the amazon-heritage of her father". In: Die Welt, 6 November 2009.
  21. ^ Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov goes on trial for fraud BBC News, 7 November 2018.
  22. ^ Adey, Oliver (16 September 2020). "Nina Hoss: She has been secretly married for five years". Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  23. ^ "Nina Hoss: Habe vor fünf Jahren geheiratet". (in German). 16 September 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  24. ^ "Nina Hoss". Schaubühne Berlin. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  25. ^ Official press release Archived 22 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ John Hopewell and Jamie Lang (28 September 2019), ‘Pacified’ Wins Golden Shell at San Sebastian Variety.
  27. ^ Britta Schmeis (30 September 2019), Nina Hoss will Widersprüchlichkeiten ergründen Die Welt.

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