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Franka Potente (1974)

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Franka Potente is a German film actress and singer. She first appeared in the comedy After Five in the Forest Primeval and gained critical recognition in the action thriller Lola rennt . Potente received Germany's highest film and television awards for her performances in Run Lola Run and Opernball. After half a decade of critically acclaimed roles in German films, Potente went on to garner the role of Barbara Buckley in Blow and as Jason Bourne's love interest in the Bourne film series.

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 early life
The elder of two children, Potente was born in Münster, and raised in nearby Dülmen. Her mother, Hildegard, is a medical assistant, and her father, Dieter Potente, is a teacher. Her Italian surname stems from her great-grandfather, a Sicilian slate mason who emigrated to Germany during the 19th century. At age 17, she spent some months as an exchange student in Humble, Texas, United States.

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After finishing high school in Germany, Potente enrolled at the Otto Falckenberg School of Performing Arts in Munich. Potente took acting jobs outside school time and appeared in her first movie in the 1995 student film Aufbruch. She was then spotted by a casting agent and appeared in the film Nach Fünf im Urwald (It's a Jungle Out There), directed by her then-boyfriend, Hans Christian Schmid. She received the 1995 Bavarian Film Prize for Young Talent for her work in this film. She then finished her last year of training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Manhattan.

Potente returned to Europe and worked in German and French films. She was cast as the lead in Lola Rennt after meeting the director, Tom Tykwer, in a café. The part was written for her and although the film was a small-budget, art house film production, it was popular in Europe. Franka Potente also performed on the soundtrack. She made several more German-language films, including the horror film Anatomy and the romantic thriller The Princess and the Warrior also directed by Tykwer.

Potente's first English-language role was that of film editor in Storytelling in 2001. This was followed by a role in Blow, with Johnny Depp, and the female lead in The Bourne Identity, with Matt Damon, which she reprised in The Bourne Supremacy. In 2006, she starred with Eric Bana in the Australian film Romulus, My Father, for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Industry Award for Best Lead Actress. Also in 2006, she wrote and directed Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt, a silent comedy.

Starting on May 22, 2007, Potente had a three-episode recurring role in FX drama The Shield, where she played Diro Kesakhian, "the ruthless godmother of LA's Armenian mafia".

In 2009, she appeared in the House M.D. television series two-part episode Broken. In January 2011, she played Hilda in a BBC drama The Sinking of the Laconia.

 personal life
In 2008, she was engaged to an American businessman; however, in September 2009, the couple separated and the engagement was called off.
In April 2011, she gave birth to a daughter.

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