Vicky Krieps

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Vicky Krieps
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Krieps in 2019
Born (1983-10-04) 4 October 1983 (age 37)
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Alma materZurich University of the Arts
Years active2008–present

Vicky Krieps (born October 4, 1983) is a Luxembourgish actress. She has starred in a number of American, Luxembourgish, French and German productions. She appeared in films, such as Hanna (2011), Two Lives (2012), A Most Wanted Man (2014), The Chambermaid Lynn (2014) and Colonia (2015). Krieps had a leading role in the Academy Award-winning film Phantom Thread (2017). She has starred in the films, Gutland (2017), The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) and The Last Vermeer (2019). She played Simone Strasser in the war drama series Das Boot and received a German Television Award.

Early life[edit]

Krieps was born in Luxembourg City, the daughter of a Luxembourgish father, who managed a film distribution company, and of a German mother.[1][2] She is the granddaughter of Luxembourg politician and war-time member of the Luxembourg Resistance, Robert Krieps.[2] Krieps had her first acting experiences at the Lycée de Garçons secondary school in Luxembourg, receiving training at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg City. In 2004, she was far from convinced that her career would be her future. Rather than enrolling in one of the drama schools, she participated in a social project at the primary school of a South African township near Knysna. This confirmed her resolve to study acting, with the goal of performing on theatre stages.[3] She enrolled in the Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) while gathering acting experience at the Zurich playhouse (Schauspielhaus Zürich).


Krieps has played numerous roles in Luxembourgish productions and Luxembourgish-foreign coproductions before taking on increasingly important roles in foreign productions, such as Hanna (2011), the biopic Rommel (2013), Before the Winter Chill (2013) and the feature film Elly Beinhorn – Alleinflug, a biopic about the German aviation pioneer Elly Beinhorn. In 2017, she had her first leading English role in Phantom Thread, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis.[4][5] Receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Alma, Dan Jolin of Empire stated that Krieps "can hold her own opposite a titan like Day-Lewis," while David Edelstein of Vulture wrote that she is "bewitchingly lucent, her face just masklike enough to make our sudden awareness of all her dark thoughts a shock."[6][7]

Krieps played the publisher of the fictional Millennium magazine for the sequel film The Girl in the Spider's Web.[8] She played the morally compromised Alsatian interpreter in the war television series Das Boot, and subsequently in its second series.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Krieps lives in Berlin, Germany. She has two children (Elise and Jan-Noah).


Year Title Role Notes
2008 La nuit passée Christina
2009 X on a Map Ana
2009 House of Boys Flower Shop Girl
2011 Anonymous Bessie Vavasour
2011 If Not Us, Who? Dörte
2011 Hanna Johanna Zadek
2011 Tatort: Eine bessere Welt Mariam Sert Crime scene: A Better World
2012 D'Belle Époque Belle
2012 Formentera Mara
2012 Measuring the World Johanna Gauß
2012 The Treasure Knights and the Secret of Melusina Marie
2012 Rommel Comtesse de La Rochefoucauld
2012 Two Lives Kathrin Lehnhaber
2013 Möbius Olga
2013 Before the Winter Chill Caroline
2014 Elly Beinhorn – Alleinflug Elly Beinhorn Elly Beinhorn – solo flight
2014 A Most Wanted Man Niki
2014 Das Zeugenhaus Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier The Witness House
2014 The Chambermaid Lynn Lynn
2015 Colonia Dignidad Ursel
2015 Tag der Wahrheit Ursel Day of Truth
2015 Mon cher petit village Elisabeth
2015 Pitter Patter Goes My Heart Lisa
2016 Was hat uns bloß so ruiniert Stella We Used to Be Cool
2017 The Young Karl Marx Jenny von Westphalen
2017 Phantom Thread Alma Elson
2017 Gutland Lucy Loschetter
2018 The Girl in the Spider's Web Erika Berger
2018 Das Boot Simone Strasser TV series
2019 The Last Vermeer Minna Holberg
2021 Bergman Island Chris Post-production
2021 The Survivor Post-production
2021 Beckett Lena Post-production
2021 Old Kate Post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 Budapest Short Film Festival Best Youngster Award La nuit passée Won [10]
2012 Luxembourg Film Award Young Newcomer Award Herself Won [11]


  1. ^ Leimann, Eric; Probst, Matthias (2014). "Pionierin der Lüfte. Vicky Krieps als Elly Beinhorn". Télécran (in German). No. 14. p. 38.
  2. ^ a b Kellaway, Kate (21 January 2018). "Actor Vicky Krieps: 'I spent a whole day staring into greenery to avoid Daniel Day-Lewis'". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Scheffen, Jean-Louis. "Vicky und der Schmetterling". Télécran (in German).
  4. ^ Scott, A. O. (24 December 2017). "Daniel Day-Lewis Sews Up Another Great Performance in 'Phantom Thread'". The New York Times. p. C6.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (2018-02-08). "'Phantom Thread' Star Vicky Krieps Joins 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  6. ^ Jolin, Dan. "Phantom Thread". Empire. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  7. ^ Edelstein, David. "Phantom Thread Underscores the Great Tragedy of Daniel Day-Lewis's Retirement". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (2018-02-08). "'Phantom Thread' Star Vicky Krieps Joins 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  9. ^ Hale, Mike (2019-06-16). "Review: Rebooting 'Das Boot' on Land And Sea". New York Times. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  10. ^ Wallace, Rick (30 December 2017). "Five Things You Didn't Know About Vicky Krieps". TVOvermind.
  11. ^ "Prix du Jeune Espoir". Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis (in French). 17 January 2014.

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