Dagmar Manzel

Dagmar Manzel
Born (1958-09-01) 1 September 1958 (age 65)
Years active1983–present

Dagmar Manzel (born 1 September 1958) is a German actress. She has appeared in more than 80 films and television shows since 1979. She starred in the 1986 film So Many Dreams, which was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.

The daughter of teachers Paul and Annemarie, Manzel grew up in East Berlin. After high school she studied acting in Berlin. She graduated in 1980 and debuted at the Staatstheater Dresden. In 1983 she moved to the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, which became her artistic home. She was a resident actor there until 2001, working with directors such as Thomas Langhoff, Heiner Müller, and Thomas Schulte-Michels.

In addition to her acting work, she also appeared in several musical theater productions. In 2002, she had the title role in Thomas Schulte-Michels staging of Jacques Offenbach's operetta La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at the Deutsches Theater Berlin and also played the lead role in his production of Offenbach's operetta La Périchole 2008 at the Berliner Ensemble.

In autumn 2004, Manzel played at the Komische Oper Berlin, the female lead in the much-vaunted German premiere of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd, directed by Christopher Bond.

In 2012, Manzel was awarded the German Film Prize for her supporting role in Christian Schwochow's drama Cracks in the Shell**. That same year, she was on the stage of the Komische Oper Berlin with Seven Songs/The Seven Deadly Sins.

In 2022, Manzel made her directorial debut directing Pippi Langstrumpf a children's opera based on the Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren, composed by Franz Wittenbrink and conducted by Matthew Toogood, performed at the Komische Oper Berlin.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1986 So Many Dreams
1989 Coming Out
1992 Schtonk!
1996 After Five in the Forest Primeval
1997 The Pharmacist
1999 Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland Eva Klemperer TV series
2001 Kelly Bastian – Geschichte einer Hoffnung Petra Kelly TV film
2005 Speer und Er Margarete Speer TV series
2007 Head Under Water [de] Anita Bartsch
2009 John Rabe Dora Rabe
2011 Remembrance
Cracks in the Shell Susanne Lorenz
2018 As Green As It Gets Hannah

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