Jonas Nay

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Jonas Nay
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Jonas Nay in 2016
Born (1990-09-20) 20 September 1990 (age 28)
Years active2005–present

Jonas Nay ([ˈjoːnas naɪ], born 20 September 1990) is a German actor and musician known for starring as Martin Rauch in Deutschland 83, the first German language TV series shown on American television, and its sequel, Deutschland 86.

Life and career[edit]

Jonas Nay attended the Johanneum zu Lübeck, a Gymnasium with a music specialty, where he also played in the school's Big-Band. Because of his interest in the theatre, Nay replied to a newspaper advert looking for actors in 2004. He landed a starring role in the German children's series Vier gegen Z on German TV station NDR. In the first two seasons of the television series, Nay acted under the pseudonym Jonas Friedebom,[1] and he played the character Otti Sörensen. In the following years, he played minor roles in several television productions on German television stations ARD and ZDF.

After graduation, Nay played the lead role in the TV series Home Video, a drama about a young boy bullied by his classmates, who publish an intimate video of him. The production was awarded the 2011 German Television Awards for best TV film. Nay himself received a German Television Award, as well as a 2012 Grimme-Preis Award. This work was followed by other leading roles in TV films. In 2012, Nay participated in the last scene of the Hamburg investigator "Cenk Batu", Crime Scene: The Ballad of Cenk and Valerie, about a disturbed serial killer who is killed by his mother in the heat of the moment. For his role as the son of a schizophrenic in the 2013 film Hirngespinster, he was awarded the Bavarian Film Award in 2013 as "Best Newcomer."[2]

Nay opted for Zivildienst, rather than military service, working with people with disabilities; he went on to look at film scoring.[1] He founded the band Concerted with other students atg the Johanneum,[3] in which he sang, played guitar and piano, and wrote the lyrics. The band worked on music for the Stephan Rick film The Good Neighbour in January 2013. The result was the forming of the new band Northern Lights.[4]

In 2015, Nay starred as Martin Rauch in Deutschland 83, the first German language TV series shown on American television,[5][6][7] and later its 2018 sequel, Deutschland 86.[8]




  1. ^ a b "Nur nicht abheben". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 6 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Wer welchen Preis gewonnen hat" [Who won which prize?]. Süddeutsche Zeitung. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Concerted: Über uns". Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  4. ^ Northern Lights on Facebook. Retrieved on 29 May 2013.
  5. ^ "6 Questions with Deutschland 83 Star Jonas Nay". Sundance TV. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  6. ^ Jones, Owen. "Deutschland 83 star Jonas Nay: we have a responsibility towards refugees – video". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Interview with Jonas Nay". Channel 4. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  8. ^ Fernandez, Matt (10 November 2017). "Chris Veres Lands Series Regular Role on Deutschland 86". Broadway World. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2016". (in German). Retrieved 16 February 2016.

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