Maria Schrader, born 1965, was performing at Schauspiel Hannover while still attending school. After completing her studies in Vienna, she began writing screenplays with Dani Levy; their collaboration resulted in six films. She was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize for her first leading role in “I Was on Mars”; this honour was followed by the Hessian Film Award, two Bavarian Film Awards and two German Film Awards. She was awarded the Silver Bear of the Berlinale for her performance in “Aimée and Jaguar”. She has acted in Berlin, Cologne and elsewhere, and has been a member of the ensemble of Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg since 2013. She has received the German Audio Book Prize as a narrator. She achieved her directing début in 2007 with “Love Life”; her second work as director, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” received two nominations for the German Film Award even before its release, and was Austria’s 2016 Oscar candidate. In 2017 she took on one of the leading roles in the BBC adaptation of “The City and the City”, and will appear in the second season of the series “Deutschland 86” in 2018.