German actress Christiane Paul has garnered numerous awards and nominations for her roles in film and television projects throughout her 30-year career. In 2017, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented her with the German Medal of Honor, a hallmark in German culture, recognizing Paul for her charity work combating AIDS, her influence on German culture via her acting career and for being the first German actress to win an International Emmy Award (as Best Actress for the German television movie “Under the Radar”). Additionally, Paul received a German Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in the film “Wunderlich’s World.” To date, Paul has appeared in over 90 titles internationally.
On the big screen, Paul’s credits include German Academy Award-winning films “The Wave” and “Das Leben ist eine Baustelle” (“Life Is All You Get”), for which she earned the Goldene Kamera, a prestigious German film and television award. Additional German film titles include “Workaholic” for which she won a Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress, “Deutschfieber,” “Der Grosse Kater,” “In July,” “The Dust of Time,” opposite Willem Dafoe and Michel Piccoli, and the upcoming “It’s Just a Phase, Bunny.”
Paul’s television credits include the German mini-series “Generation War” and “8 Days,” as well as the UK crime drama “Paranoid.” Most recently, Paul guest-starred in the French series “Les Rivières Pourpres” and the French, Belgium and German series “Parlement.” In the U.S., she can be seen as the villain in the sci-fi series “Counterpart,” opposite J. K. Simmons.
Additionally, Paul has appeared in a variety of German television movies, namely “Tatort,” “Der Fall Bruckner” and “Ex,” awarding her the prestigious Max Ophüls Preis: Best Young Actors award for an outstanding performance. Recently, Paul was seen in the German television movie “Playing God,” which tackles the ethics of medically assisted suicide.
On stage, Paul has performed Heiner-Müller’s “Der Auftrag,” directed by British Academy Award nominee Ulrich Mühe, and continued her theater work as Anna Petrowna in Chekhov’s “Ivanov” at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus Theatre in Düsseldorf.
Born in East-Berlin, Germany, Paul began her career as a professional model and actress. She graduated from medical school at Charité, within Humboldt University of Berlin, while continuously pursuing an acting career, studying at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. After juggling her medical career, acting career and duty as a mom to her newborn daughter, in 2004, Paul ended her work as a medical doctor to devote herself entirely to acting. She resides in Berlin when not shooting her new CBS series in Budapest.
Her birthday is March 8. Follow her on Twitter @C_Paul_official and Instagram @christinae_paul_official.