Liv Lisa Fries

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Liv Lisa Fries
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BornLiv Lisa Fries
(1990-10-31) 31 October 1990 (age 28)
Berlin, Germany
ResidenceBerlin, Germany
Years active2005-present

Liv Lisa Fries (born 1990) is a German actress born in Berlin. In 2017, she gained an international following as the female lead Charlotte Ritter in the German TV series Babylon Berlin.[1]


Born in Berlin, Fries wanted to become an actress when she was 14 years old after watching Léon: The Professional because she was impressed by Natalie Portman's performance. Her first role in Atomised (2005) (German: Elementarteilchen) was cut. Her debut occurred in 2006 with an episode of Schimanski, in which she played the female lead role.[2]

Her performance in the German made-for-television film Sie hat es verdient as an aggressive, frustrated teenager named Linda who tortures one of her peers was praised by critics and audiences alike. Fries said that during filming, she started feeling lonely and isolated, just like her character.[3]

In 2013, she starred in the German tragicomedy Zurich (original title Und morgen Mittag bin ich tot). She received wide critical acclaim for her performance as Lea, a young woman with cystic fibrosis. According to Fries, she prepared for the role by meeting with a patient with the disease, in addition to running up stairs while breathing through a straw.[4]

Fries also plays a recurring role in the 2017 tv series Counterpart.[5]

Fries studied abroad as an exchange student in Beijing. In addition to her native tongue German, she speaks English, French and Mandarin. After receiving her Abitur in 2010, she enrolled to study philosophy and literary science, but dropped out as her career as an actress progressed.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]


  • Die Welle (2008)
  • Stronger Than Blood (2010)
  • Romeos (2011)
  • Zurich (2013)
  • Die Präsenz (2014)
  • Boy 7 (2015)
  • Heil (2015)
  • Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to be Free (2016)
  • Rakete Perelman (2017)



  • 2012: Best Young Actress for Sie hat es verdient (Goldene Kamera Awards)
  • 2014: Best Young Actress for Zurich (Bavarian Film Awards)
  • 2014: Best Young Actress for Zurich (Max-Ophüls-Preis)
  • 2014: Best Actress for Zurich (Deutscher Regiepreis Metropolis)
  • 2015: Best Actress for Zurich (Preis der deutschen Filmkritik)
  • 2018: Grimme-Preis for Babylon Berlin (note: everyone majorly involved with the production of the series won the award, including all three lead actors)


  1. ^ Krekeler, Elmar (29 September 2017). "Babylon Berlin: Tom Tykwers Sittengemälde - Trailer & Kritik". Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ Denk, David (14 September 2011). "ARD-Film "Sie hat es verdient": Die Extremistin". Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. ^ Sturm, Susanne (14 July 2010). "Drama "Sie hat es verdient" "Es soll weh tun"". Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  4. ^ Oertel, Friederike (2 December 2017). "Liv Lisa Fries im Porträt "Ich kann mich nicht mit jeder Rolle neu erfinden, aber ich versuche es"". Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (March 30, 2017). "'Counterpart': Jacqueline Bisset, Stefan Kapicic, Five More Set To Recur On Starz Spy Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ ""Und morgen Mittag bin ich tot": Atemberaubend gut: Liv Lisa Fries". Retrieved 6 December 2017.

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