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Birgit Minichmayr

Birgit Minichmayr
Born (1977-04-03) April 3, 1977
Linz, Austria

Birgit Minichmayr (born 3 April 1977) is an Austrian actress and singer born in Linz, Austria. She studied drama at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna.


  • Career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • Awards 3
  • External links 4


Minichmayr had her first break with the Burgtheater in Vienna, where she appeared in numerous plays, including Der Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler (staged by Sven-Eric Bechtolf), Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare (staging by Declan Donnellan) and Der Färber und sein Zwillingsbruder by Johann Nestroy (staged by Karlheinz Hackl). She made her cinema debut in 2000 as Barbara Brecht in Jan Schütte's Abschied, playing alongside Sepp Bierbichler and Monika Bleibtreu. In 2000, Minichmayr appeared in Peter Sämann's television thriller (in the Tatort series), "Böses Blut". She was awarded the Austrian Nestroy Prize for "Best Young Talent" in 2000. In 2006 she played Mizzi Kasper, one of the lovers from Crownprince Rudolf in the movie Kronprinz Rudolf. A year later, Minichmayr played the fool in Luc Bondy's acclaimed staging of Shakespeare's King Lear, always at the Burgtheater.

Minichmayr currently lives in Munich and Vienna. She speaks English and has acted in several international and English language productions. Among the directors she worked with were István Szabó, Götz Spielmann, Tom Tykwer, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Robert Dornhelm, and Doris Dörrie. She is also an accomplished vocalist, and has been recorded several times, though she has always made acting her primary focus.

At the 59th Berlin International Film Festival 2009 Minichmayr was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in Maren Ade's Alle Anderen.


Date Film Role Director Notes
2012 Gnade
2009 Alle Anderen Gitti Maren Ade Cinema
2009 The White Ribbon Frieda Michael Haneke Cinema
2009 Der Knochenmann Birgit Wolfgang Murnberger Cinema
2008 Kirschblüten - Hanami Karolin Angermeier Doris Dörrie Cinema
2007 Midsummer Madness Maja Alexander Hahn Cinema
2006 PolizeiRuf 110 - Kellers Kind Aglaia Titus Selge TV movie
2006 Kronprinz Rudolf Mizzi Kasper Robert Dornhelm TV movie
2006 KrankHeit Der Jugend Students of Michael Haneke Cinema
2005 Fallen Brigitte Barbara Albert Cinema
2005 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Grenouille's Mother Tom Tykwer Cinema
2004 Daniel Käfer - Die Villen Der Frau Hürsch Mirz Schlömmer Julian Pölsner TV movie
2004 Spiele Leben Tanja Antonin Svoboda Cinema
2003 Downfall Gerda Christian Oliver Hirschbiegel Cinema
2003 Hotel Petra Jessica Hausner Cinema
2002 Liegen Lernen Tina Hendrik Handloeghten Cinema
2001 Spiel Im Morgengrauen Steffi Götz Spielmann TV movie
2001 Taking Sides Emmi Straube István Szabó Cinema
2000 Tatort - Böses Blut Kathi Peter Sämann TV movie - Awarded Nestroy Prize for Best Young Talent
2000 Abschied Barbara Brecht Jan Schütte Cinema


2000: Nestroy Prize for Best Young Talent

2009: 59th Berlin International Film Festival, Best Actress for Everyone Else

2010: German Film Awards, Nomination Best Actress for Everyone Else

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