Nina Hoss

Nina Hoss
Hoss at the Berlinale 2020
Born (1975-07-07) 7 July 1975 (age 48)
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Known for
Spouse
Alex Silva
(m. 2015)

Nina Hoss (German: [ˈniːna hɔs] ; born 7 July 1975[citation needed]) is a German stage and film actress. She is known for her collaborations with director Christian Petzold in films such as Barbara (2012), and Phoenix (2014). In addition, she also performed roles in The White Masai (2005) and The Audition (2019), and Pelican Blood (2020). She has also starred in the American TV series Homeland (2014–2017), The Defeated (2020), and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2022).

Hoss received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2013) and was also appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (2015).

Early life

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).

Career

Hoss acted in radio plays at the age of seven and appeared on stage for the first time at the age of 14.

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".

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. 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." 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". She later made her name in Hollywood playing a German BND agent in three seasons of the series Homeland (2014–2017). Hoss starred in the 2020 miniseries The Defeated, and was a series regular in season three of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in 2022.

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). 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.

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. Hoss features on the 2021 album Bright Magic by Public Service Broadcasting.

She stars in Tár alongside Cate Blanchett as Sharon Goodnow, a violin player who is the partner of conductor Lydia Tár. In the film, Hoss plays the concertmaster of an orchestra.

Other activities

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.

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

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

Social and political commitment

Hoss supports the Make Poverty History campaign 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." 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. In 2017, she joined Cate Blanchett, Lars von Trier and others in signing a petition in support of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov and against a crack down on artistic expression.

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 life

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

Hoss has received numerous state honors, 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).

Filmography

Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 And Nobody Weeps for Me [de] Marilli Kosemund
1996 A Girl Called Rosemary Rosemarie Nitribitt Television film
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 Television film
2001 Toter Mann Leyla Television film
2002 Naked Charlotte
2002 Epstein's Night [de] Paula
2002 Emilia Galotti Countess Orsina Television film
2003 Wolfsburg Laura Reiser
2003 Leonce und Lena Prinzessin Lena Television film
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 [de] 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
2014–2017 Homeland Astrid Recurring role (seasons 4–6), 13 episodes
2017 Return to Montauk Rebecca
2019 The Audition Anna Bronsky
2019 Pelican Blood Wiebke
2019 Criminal (Germany) Claudia
2020 My Little Sister Lisa
2020 The Defeated Elsie Garten Miniseries
2022 The Contractor Katia
2022 Tár Sharon Goodnow
2022 Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Alena Main role (season 3)

Awards and nominations

Special awards

List of awards

Year Nominated Work Award Category Results Ref
2002 Toter Mann German Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television Nominated
2004 Wolfsburg German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
German Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television Nominated
2006 The White Masai Bavarian Film Awards Best Actress (Darstellerpreis) Won
2007 Yella Bambi Awards Best Actress - National Nominated
Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Won
German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Won
2008 Yella Jupiter Award Best German Actress Won
2012 Barbara Capri Hollywood Film Festival Best Actress Won
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
European Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Actress Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Nominated
2013 Barbara German Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress (Beste Darstellerin) Nominated
International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Fenster zum Sommer Jupiter Awards Best German TV Actress Nominated
2015 Phoenix Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Actress Nominated
Jupiter Award Best German Actress Nominated
Mons International Festival of Love Films Best Actress Won
Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Won
Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Nominated
2016 Phoenix Chlotrudis Awards Best Actress Nominated
International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Actress Won
Homeland Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2019 The Audition San Sebastián International Film Festival Silver Shell for Best Actress Won
Stockholm Film Festival Best Actress Won
2020 The Audition Días de Cine Awards Best Foreign Actress Nominated
Pelican Blood Guenter Rohrbach Filmpreis Best Female Actor Won
My Little Sister European Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
German Screen Actors Awards Best Leading Actress (Beste Hauptdarstellerin) Nominated
2021 My Little Sister Festival del Cinema Europeo Best European Actor Won
The Audition German Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress (Beste Darstellerin) Won
Pelican Blood German Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress (Beste Darstellerin) Won
2022 Tár Florida Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
Gotham Independent Film Awards Outstanding Supporting Performance Nominated
2023 Tár Dorian Awards Supporting Film Performance of the Year Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Performance Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
Minnesota Film Critics Alliance Best Supporting Actress Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Runner-up
North Dakota Film Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Nominated

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