Alexandra Maria Lara

Alexandra Maria Lara

Born Alexandra Maria Plătăreanu
(1978-11-12) 12 November 1978
Bucharest, Romania
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Sam Riley (m. 2009)
Children 1

Alexandra Maria Lara (née Plătăreanu; 12 November 1978)[1] is a Romanian-born German actress best known for her roles in Downfall (2004), Control (2007), Youth Without Youth (2007), The Reader (2008), and Rush (2013).[2]

Early life

Born in Bucharest, Lara is the only child of Valentin Plătăreanu, a Bucharest actor, and his wife, Doina. When she was four (in 1983) her family decided to flee to West Germany to escape Nicolae Ceauşescu's regime in Communist Romania. Although the family had originally planned to emigrate to Canada, they settled down in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, before eventually moving to Berlin.

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. Lara is multilingual. In addition to her native Romanian, she is fluent in German, English, and French.


By 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. Her most famous role to date, which has resulted in international recognition, is Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler's secretary, in the Academy Award-nominated 2004 film Downfall; following this, Francis Ford Coppola wrote her a letter and gave her a leading role in Youth Without Youth (2007).


Personal life

In August 2009, she married English actor Sam Riley, with whom she acted in the films Control and Suite Française.[3] In January 2014, she gave birth to their first child, a boy.[4][5]



  1. "Alexandra Maria Lara BIO". Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  2. Alexandra Maria Lara at the Internet Movie Database
  3. "Sam Riley is married to Alexandra Maria Lara". Zimbio. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  4. "Sam Riley's wife pregnant | Showbiz | News | Daily Express". 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2014-06-16.
  5. "Alexandra Maria Lara: Baby-Geschlecht bekannt!". Retrieved 2014-06-16.

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