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Date Of BirthJuly 22, 1974
SpouseDerek Richardson
MarkEver-changing hair color
FactHer last name "Potente" (pronounced Poe-ten-the) means "powerful" in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
PaymentsEarned $1,000,000 from The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Franka Potente (born 22 July 1974) is a German actress. She first appeared in the 1998 film Run Lola Run, and has since starred in a number of German and English language films.

Potente was born in Münster, West Germany, the daughter of Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher. Her parents divorced when she was five years old, and she subsequently lived with her mother. She took acting classes at the age of 16, and also studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City.

Potente began her career in German films, appearing in such films as Der bewegte Mann (1994) and Männerpension (1996). She first came to international prominence with her role in the 1998 film Run Lola Run. She has since starred in a number of German and English language films, including The Bourne Identity (2002), Blow (2001), The Princess and the Warrior (2000), and The Bridge (2007).

Potente has a net worth of $5 million. She has been married to actor Moritz Bleibtreu since 2000, and they have two children together.

General Info

Full NameFranka Potente
Date Of BirthJuly 22, 1974
Height1.74 m
ProfessionWriter, Actor, Singer
EducationLee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute


SpouseDerek Richardson
ChildrenPolly Richardson
ParentsDieter Potente, Hildegard Potente
SiblingsStefan Potente


AwardsMTV Europe Music Award for MTV Select - Central, German Film Award - Audience Award for Best Actor/Actress
NominationsAACTA Award for Best Lead Actress, German Film Award for Best Leading Actress, Echo Award for Music Video of the Year, Bambi - German film, European Film Audience Award for Best Actress, Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
MoviesThe Bourne Identity, Run Lola Run, The Bourne Supremacy, The Conjuring 2, Blow, The Princess and the Warrior, Romulus, My Father, I Love Your Work, All I Want, After Five in the Forest Primeval, Creep, Che: Part Two, Anatomy, Anatomy 2, Atomised, Opernball, Am I Beautiful?, Beate Uhse, Storytelling,...
TV ShowsCopper

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#Marks / Signs
1Ever-changing hair color


The Bourne Supremacy (2004)$1,000,000


1I've published one book before, and now I'm writing a book of essays and stories about life in Tokyo. And I have one book coming out in May in Germany, about fitness.
2I'm so uncomfortable, especially in emotional situations, having to say sentences that don't feel right. As an actor - or really, as any kind of person sensitive to it.
3I never consciously said, 'I want to be an actor.' It sounds stupid, but it's kind of like being a painter or something. You don't say, 'From today on I'm going to be a painter.' It's not something conscious - you've just been painting pictures all your life.
4I think actors are divided into two groups: one that wants to be an actor to become famous and rich, and the other that wants to be an actor because they have to be. I'm more in the second group.
5I think I'm a really good partner and very sensitive to the other person's feelings. I want somebody else to be comfortable, to understand about my job, and if they want to come on a set and see me work, they always can.
6I don't really care where I work, actually, because you know making a movie is like living in movie world. There's such a secluded world, and the director is the king ruling the country, and everybody's building this little town to speak in symbolism.
7I just want to be able to sit on grass as long as I want to, without anybody telling me to leave. Everything is so restricted, here, in that you actually have to stand behind a line, you can't go up the Canyon and enjoy the view.
8My background is a small town with no movie theater. So... I always pictured myself onstage. I went to acting school and learned all the skills. I left early because I did my first movie and discovered that I really loved the minimalistic work with the camera.
9Everybody is great when things are great. It's the 'not great' stuff that matters.
10I don't like actors who try to talk directors into making their part bigger and that's really lame.
11I choose my work very carefully, always for the script and the director, and I don't think that's going to change. My work is like a house. It's built on very strong poles.
12I think when I'm in love, I really am very good with calling, little faxes, and visiting and I really put a lot of effort into it. I'm really not the one that's not available because of work and I'm very sad when I actually leave.
13I always performed when I was a child. My parents got very annoyed, because my brother and I had our little bedrooms upstairs, and I would plaster the house with posters with arrows pointing upstairs.
14I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if Matt Damon's character fell in love with a girl with a real butt?' They were like, 'Yeah sure, sure - here's your personal trainer.'
15I think working with Johnny Depp was very intimidating. It was my fault though. I mean he's a total cool nice, nice guy, but I was just so, I don't know, overpowered by his presence. Like he's a very mystic person. He's older so I never really warmed up around him. I was so stiff.
16When I was a kid at first I wanted to own a candy shop. I guess every kid wants to - we just want to have access - free access.
17To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give.


1Filming The Bourne Supremacy (2004). [November 2003]
2(Summer 2012) Married her longtime boyfriend and father of her 1-year-old daughter Polly Derek Richardson.
3Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Polly Richardson in April 2011. Child's father is her boyfriend (now husband), Derek Richardson.
4During the shooting of Blow (2001), she was so impressed by Johnny Depp that she always blushed in his presence.
5She is of Sicilian descent.
6Wrote her first book "Los Angeles - Berlin. One Year." together with her good friend, the actor Max Urlacher 2005.
7Was director for the short movie Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt (2006) (German title) for the first time 2005. She also wrote the script.
8Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival in 2005.
91/16th Italian by descent. Her great-great-grandfather was an Italian roof-tiler, who stayed in Germany.
101998: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
11Number 8 in 'Neon' Magazine's list of 100 most important young Germans. (Issue 1, September 2003)
12Plays the violin and the flute.
13Speaks fluent French, English, and German.
14Has occasionally shaved off her hair after filming movies because she has wanted time to get her "real" hair back (as it is dyed or bleached so often for roles).
15Disliked the strict fitness regimen and diet that were required for The Bourne Identity (2002).
16Knows how to fence.
17In spring 2002, she broke up with longtime boyfriend Tom Tykwer.
18Tom Tykwer wrote Run Lola Run (1998) specifically for her, with the intention of casting her as Lola.
19Has a brother who is three years younger and was very sick when he was born. She says she always was very jealous on the way he was cosseted and that was why she often behaved like a clown and arranged performances to get more attention, and that this was why she decided to become an actress.
20Says she was discovered as an actress in a public restroom. She was in a bar when she noticed she was constantly stared at by some woman. She decided to leave but went to the restroom before. The woman followed her and again stared at her through the mirror. Suddenly she asked "How would you describe yourself in one sentence?". Turns out she was a casting agent.
21Graduated from high-school (German Gymnasium) in 1994.
22Her father is a teacher.
23Education: Otto Falckenberg School, Munich; Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York.
24Her last name "Potente" (pronounced Poe-ten-the) means "powerful" in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.




American Horror Story2012TV SeriesAnne Frank Charlotte Brown
Beate Uhse - Das Recht auf Liebe2011TV MovieBeate Uhse
The Sinking of the Laconia2011TV Mini-SeriesHilda
Psych2010TV SeriesNadia
Shanghai2010Leni Müller
House M.D.2009TV SeriesLydia
Die Brücke2008TV MovieElfie Bauer
The Bourne Conspiracy2008Video GameMarie (voice)
Che: Part Two2008Tania (Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider)
La traque2008TV MovieBeate Klarsfeld
Eichmann2007Vera Less
The Shield2007TV SeriesDiro Kesakhian
Romulus, My Father2007Christina Gaita
La mer2006Short
A Life in Suitcases2005Trixie Boudain
The Bourne Supremacy2004Marie
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea2004Trixie Boudain
Blueprint2003Iris Sellin / Siri Sellin
I Love Your Work2003Mia Lang
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story2003Trixie Boudain
Anatomie 22003Paula Henning
Try Seventeen2002Jane
The Bourne Identity2002Marie
Storytelling2001Toby's Editor (segment "Non-Fiction")
Blow2001Barbara Buckley
The Princess and the Warrior2000Sissi
Anatomie2000Paula Henning
Winke und lächle!1999ShortSusan / Stewardess
Schlaraffenland1999Mona Wendt
Südsee, eigene Insel1999Kassiererin / Cashier
Downhill City1999Peggy
Am I Beautiful?1998Linda
Run Lola Run1998Lola
Rennlauf1998TV MovieAlice
Opera Ball1998TV MovieGabrielle Becker
Coming In1997TV MovieNina
Une vie pour une autre1997TV MovieLisa Manocci
Babes' Petrol1997Lena
Easy Day1997ShortLily
Zwei Brüder1996TV SeriesMara
Nach Fünf im Urwald1995Anna
BlancoTV MovieLeslee
Der Island-Krimi2016TV SeriesSolveig Karlsdottir
Dark Matter2016TV SeriesChief Inspector Shaddick
The Conjuring 22016Anita Gregory
The Bridge2014TV SeriesEleanor Nacht
Copper2012-2013TV SeriesEva Heissen


Music Nuggets2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
House M.D.2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture2005performer: "Believe"
Stella Shorts 1998-20022002Video performer: "Wish"
Roswell2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing at the Blue Iguana2000performer: "Wish" Komm Zu Mir
Run Lola Run1998performer: - as Franka Potenta / performer: "Wish", "Running One", "Running Two", "Running Three"


Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt2006Short


Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt2006Short

Music Department

Run Lola Run1998composer: theme song "I Wish" and others


World Premiere2014TV SeriesHerself
The BAFTA Britannia Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHerself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show2003-2008TV SeriesHerself
MTV Europe Music Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Harald Schmidt2006TV SeriesHerself
Beckmann2006TV SeriesHerself
Maischberger2006TV SeriesHerself
Nachtstudio2006TV SeriesHerself
Creep: Making of Creep2005Video documentary shortHerself - 'Kate'
The 2004 European Film Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor
The Bourne Supremacy: Keeping It Real2004Video shortHerself
The Bourne Supremacy: On the Move with Jason Bourne2004Video shortHerself
Im freien Fall - Tom Tykwer und das Kino2004DocumentaryHerself
The Bourne Identity: From Identity to Supremacy - Jason and Marie2004Video shortHerself
The Bourne Supremacy: The Bourne Diagnosis (Part 2)2004Video shortHerself
Menschen bei Maischberger2004TV SeriesHerself
Durch die Nacht mit...2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Bourne Identity: The Birth of 'The Bourne Identity'2003Video shortHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002TV SeriesHerself
2002 MTV Movie Awards2002TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Die Harald Schmidt Show1996-2000TV SeriesHerself
Zimmer frei!1998TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesLola
Music Nuggets2011TV SeriesHerself
The Bourne Ultimatum2007Marie (uncredited)
The Bourne Identity: Access Granted - Co-Writer Tony Gilroy2004Video shortMarie
The Bourne Identity: Cloak and Dagger: Covert Ops2004Video shortMarie
The Bourne Identity: The Bourne Diagnosis2004Video shortMarie
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentary


Won Awards

2008Adolf Grimme AwardAdolf Grimme Awards, GermanyOutstanding Individual AchievementDer die Tollkirsche ausgräbt (2006)
2000Audience AwardGerman Film AwardsGerman Actor/Actress of the Year
2000Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest German ActressDer Krieger und die Kaiserin (2000)
1999Audience AwardGerman Film AwardsGerman Actor/Actress of the Year
1999Special Prize of the German Phono AcademyInternational Biennal for Film MusicLola rennt (1998)
1998BambiBambi AwardsBest Actress - NationalLola rennt (1998)
1998Bavarian TV AwardBavarian TV AwardsBest Actress in a Movie Made for Television (Beste Schauspielerin - Fernsehspiel/Fernsehfilm)Opernball (1998)
1996Bavarian Film AwardBavarian Film AwardsBest Young Actress (Darstellernachwuchspreis)Nach Fünf im Urwald (1995)

Nominated Awards

2012Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest German TV ActressBeate Uhse - Das Recht auf Liebe (2011)
2008Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalTelevision Films - Best Performance by an ActressLa traque (2008)
2007AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Lead ActressRomulus, My Father (2007)
2002Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressDer Krieger und die Kaiserin (2000)
2001Film Award in GoldGerman Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (2000)
2000Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressLola rennt (1998)
1998Golden LionRTL Golden Lion AwardsBest Supporting ActressOpernball (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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