Daniela Amavia

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Daniela Amavia
Daniela Amavia

(1966-03-04) March 4, 1966 (age 53)
Other namesDaniela Elle, Daniela Lunkewitz

Daniela Amavia (Greek: Ντανιέλα Αμαβία) (born March 4, 1966), also credited as Daniela Elle and Daniela Lunkewitz, is an actress and model, appearing in numerous films and international fashion events.


Born in Greece, raised in Germany and schooled in the United Kingdom, Amavia speaks fluent Greek, German, French, and English. As a young girl she was a dancer, but her teacher told her that she was too tall for the ballet, and suggested that she try acting. She began acting at the State Theatre Corps de Ballet,[clarification needed] and studied drama and literature at Goethe University, and acting in London,[clarification needed] where she soon received small roles.[clarification needed] While studying to be an actress, she also modeled, doing runway work in Paris, France for Chanel and Dior, spokesmodel work for Chloé, and cover work for Vogue, Elle, and Femme.

In 2001, Amavia won the Best Actress award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for the film The Woman Every Man Wants (aka Perfect Lover), as well as the Deutscher Filmpreis, the German equivalent of the Academy Award. In addition to acting and modeling, Amavia also has written, directed, and produced several short films.

In 2003, Amavia appeared as Alia Atreides in the TV miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.[1][2][3] Laura Fries of Variety called her performance "layered".[4]

In 2013, Amavia wrote and directed the indie drama A Beautiful Now, about a passionate dancer who finds herself considering an extreme act when she reaches a crossroads in her life.[5]


  1. ^ Wertheimer, Ron (March 15, 2003). "TELEVISION REVIEW; A Stormy Family on a Sandy Planet". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Berger, Warren (March 16, 2003). "COVER STORY: Where Spice of Life Is the Vital Variety". The New York Times. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
  3. ^ McFarland, Melanie (March 13, 2003). "Familial drama and effects power Children of Dune". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Fries, Laura (March 11, 2003). "Review: Children of Dune". Variety. Archived from the original on August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (1 March 2013). "Oz Actress Abigail Spencer to Star in Beautiful Now". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 October 2016.

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