Antje Traue

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Antje Traue
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Born (1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 40)
Years active1997–present

Antje Traue (pronounced [ˈʔantjə ˈtʀaʊ̯ə]; born 18 January 1981) is a German actress. She appeared in her first English-language role for the film Pandorum.[1] She is internationally best known for her portrayal of the villainous, indestructible character of Faora in the 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel,[2][3] and her role as Agnes Nielsen in the German Netflix series Dark.

Life and career[edit]

Traue was born in Mittweida, Saxony, in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Her mother was a dancer and musician. Traue was raised speaking Russian.[4] She speaks German and English fluently. She trained as an artistic gymnast from age six to her teens in an elite training unit.[5] Her stage career began when she portrayed Jeanne d'Arc in a school play.[1] At sixteen, she won the lead role in the International Munich Art Lab's first ever "Hip Hopera" (the musical "West End Opera").[6][7][8] Traue performed and toured with the production for four years, appearing on stages throughout Germany, Europe, and in New York City.[1] Subsequently, Traue appeared in several films and television movies, such as Kleinruppin Forever, Berlin am Meer and Phantomschmerz.[1]

In 2008, Traue was chosen for the lead female role in the film Pandorum, a science fiction/thriller film directed by Christian Alvart, written by Travis Milloy, and starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.[9]

In 2013, Traue played villain Faora in the Superman film Man of Steel,[2] to positive reviews.[10][11] In preparation for the role of Faora, Traue underwent an intense four-month training and dieting program.[12]

In 2014, Traue portrayed Bony Lizzie in the Universal Pictures action-fantasy film Seventh Son.[13] She received critical acclaim in Germany for portraying the fictional character of Giselle Neumayer in the 2016 ARD-produced TV movie Der Fall Barschel,[14] and nominations as best actress in German TV productions for 2016 both for her female lead roles in the TV mini series Weinberg and Berlin 1. She has since been cast in several German and international movies and TV productions in lead roles or recurrent supporting roles, including the 2017 movie Bye Bye Germany alongside actor Moritz Bleibtreu directed by Sam Garbarski, and the 2017 Amazon series pilot episode Oasis. Traue's further acting appearances in 2017 and 2018 include the German Netflix series production Dark (as Agnes Nielsen), and German movies Das Ende der Wahrheit, Spielmacher and Ballon. In 2019, Traue leads the cast in the German ZDFneo TV mini series Dead End.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Die Nacht davor Franziska Teenstätten Short
2004 Kleinruppin Forever Ramona
2006 Goldjunge Manuela Short
2008 Berlin am Meer Estelle
2009 Phantomschmerz Anja Uncredited
2009 Pandorum Nadia Female lead role
2011 5 Days of War Zoe
2013 Man of Steel Faora Main role
2014 Outlier Gretchen/Red Widow Short
2015 Seventh Son Bony Lizzie
2015 Rewind – die zweite Chance (Von Zeit zu Zeit) Zoe Gerbaulet Movie not distributed for cinema / DVD / streaming release
2015 Woman in Gold Adele Bloch-Bauer
2016 Despite the Falling Snow Marina
2016 Criminal Elsa Mueller
2016 Kundschafter des Friedens Paula Kern Female lead role
2016 Vier gegen die Bank Elisabeth Zollner Female lead role
2017 Bye Bye Germany Special Agent Sara Simon Female lead role
2018 Das Ende der Wahrheit Aurice Köhler Cinema release May 2019
2018 Spielmacher Vera Female lead role / also co-producer[15]
2018 Ballon Ulrike Piehl Directed by Michael 'Bully' Herbig
2019 König der Raben [de] Alina Lead role
2022 The Flash Faora Lead role / Post production[16]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Verlorene Kinder TV film
2007 Cologne P.D. Diana Wrobel Episode: "Später Ruhm"
2009 Der Staatsanwalt Sandra Thewes Episode: "Schwesternliebe"
2012 Annika Bengtzon: Nobel's last will Kitten TV film
2015 Weinberg (The Valley) Hannah Zepter TV mini series / female lead role / German TV Awards Nomination 2016 : Best actress
2015 Mordkommission Berlin 1 Irma Berger TV film / female lead role / German TV Awards Nomination 2016 : Best actress
2015 Der Fall Barschel Giselle Neumayer TV film / female lead role
2016 Berlin Station 'Joker' Lana Vogel TV series (2 episodes)
2016 Close to the Enemy Bergit Mentz BBC TV series (3 episodes)
2016 Tempel Eva ZDFneo TV mini series / main role
2017 Oasis Sara Keller Amazon Pilot / female lead role
2017–2020 Dark Agnes Nielsen German Netflix TV series (S1E08-10, S2E03&08, S3E04&07)
2019 Die Freundin meiner Mutter Rosalie NDR TV movie / comedy / lead role
2019 Dead End (CSI Mittenwalde) Emma ZDFneo TV mini series (6 episodes) / lead role
2019 Tod einer Journalistin Anne Gerling Polizeiruf 110 ARD Crime Series
2020 Gefangen Ellen ARD crime drama TV movie / female lead role
2020 Tatort: In der Familie Juliane Tatort series 50th anniversary (2 episodes, joining Tatort München and Tatort Dortmund teams) / female lead (episode 1 only)
2020 Die Macht der Kränkung Eva ORF-ZDFneo crime drama TV series (6 episodes) / post production
2020 Die Bilderkriegerin Anja Niedringhaus ZDF and Ziegler Film produced TV drama movie - biopic crossover about the life and career of award-winning German photographer and journalist Anja Niedringhaus / post production
2021 An seiner Seite Viola Frankenberg ARTE TV movie
2021 Herzogpark Elisabeth von Lynden RTL/TVNow TV series / main cast / filming


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography". Spielkind Talent Agency. Archived from the original on 31 May 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (27 April 2013). "Antje Traue cast as female villain in Superman". Variety. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ Strazza, Cecilia (22 March 2018). "The 10 best moments of the DC universe: No 4: The Battle of Smallville". Cinefilos (in Italian). Retrieved 28 March 2018. Antje Traue was outstanding in the role of Faora in Man of Steel, and the battle between her and Superman in the streets of Smallville is among the best scenes of the movie.
  4. ^ "'Man of Steel' flew in just in time for Antje Traue". Hero Complex, Los Angeles Times. 19 June 2013. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  5. ^ Killing, Uwe (1 August 2016). "Antje Traue: Von Sachsen nach Hollywood" [Antje Traue: From Saxony to Hollywood]. Berliner Kurier (in German). Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  6. ^ "WestEndOpera". International Munich Art Lab (in German). Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ International Munich Art Lab (26 December 2014). "WestEndOpera Scenecut". YouTube (in German). Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ QUER BR [Bayrischer Rundfunk]. "WestEndOpera Preview". YouTube (in German). Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2018. Rehearsal footage with short early interview of Antje Traue on her casting and training for WestEndOpera and her plans of becoming a professional actress.
  9. ^ Schulte am Hülse, Jessica (12 August 2008). "Berlinerin sichert sich eine Hauptrolle in "Pandorum"" [Berliner secures a starring role in "Pandorum"]. Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  10. ^ Ali, Azhan (18 May 2018). "9 DC Extended Universe Moments That Blew Our Minds!". Animated Times. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Ten moments that mattered: Antje Traue as Faora in Man of Steel". 23 December 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  12. ^ Antje Traue Daily (22 June 2016). "Antje Traue Man of Steel Workout". YouTube. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  13. ^ Miska, Brad (12 August 2008). "Antje Traue – Seventh Son". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  14. ^ Luley, Peter (5 February 2016). "Ehrenwort, der lügt!". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  15. ^ Seidel, Philipp (12 April 2018). "Sportwetten-Drama: Gut gegen Boese, wie im Western". Abendzeitung (in German). Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  16. ^ "The Warner Bros. UK 2022 Movie Preview". 17 December 2021. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.

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