Born in Stuttgart in 1975. Has been a member of the Schaubühne ensemble since season 2013/14. She studied acting at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst »Ernst Busch« in Berlin.
Between 1998 to 2013, with interruptions, member of the ensemble at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Various theatre roles, e. g. in »Emilia Galotti« by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (Direction: Michael Thalheimer, 2001), »Medea« by Euripides (Direction: Barbara Frey, 2006), »The Cherry Orchard« by Anton Chekhov (Direction: Stephan Kimmig, 2012), »Hedda Gabler« by Henrik Ibsen (Direction: Stefan Pucher, 2013), as well as Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the Salzburger Festspiele, under the direction of Henning Bock in 2005.
Numerous appearances in film and television, e. g. in »A girl called Rosemarie« (Direction: Bernd Eichinger, 1996), »Naked« (Direction: Doris Dörrie, 2001), »The Elementary Particles« (Direction: Oskar Roehler, 2005), »The White Masai« (Direction: Hermine Huntgeburth, 2005), »Summer Window« (Direction: Hendrik Handloegten, 2011), »Gold« (Direction: Thomas Arslan, 2013) and »A Most Wanted Man« (Direction: Anton Corbijn, 2014). Since 1996 part of numerous motion pictures, close collaboration with Christian Petzold in »Yella« (2007), »Jerichow« (2009), »Barbara« (2012) and »Phoenix« (2014). Moreover, she starred in films like »Returning to Montauk» (Direction: Volker Schlöndorff, 2017) and series like »Homeland« (12 episodes, 2014-17). She won the Adolf Grimme Award in 2003 and 2005, the Bavarian Film Award in 2005, the Silver Bear Award of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007 and the German Film Award in 2008. In 2013 she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2015 the »Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres« Award of the French Ministry of Culture. For her role as Nelly in »Phoenix« she was awarded the Dublin Film Critics Circle Award 2015 and elected Best Actress at Seattle International Film Festival. Jury member of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in 2016.
Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2014)
Andrea in Bella Figura by Yasmina Reza (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, World Premiere 2015)
Returning to Reims after Didier Eribon, Direction: Thomas Ostermeier (2017)