Barbara Auer

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Barbara Auer (left) with Christian Petzold , director of Transit (2018)

Barbara Auer (born February 1, 1959 in Konstanz ) is a German actress .


Origin and beginnings

As the eldest of three siblings, Barbara Auer grew up in a Catholic family home. After graduating from the old-language Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium in Konstanz, she studied at the Hamburg University of Music and Performing Arts from 1978 . She completed her studies in 1981 with a diploma . She made her debut as an actress in the same year at the Stadttheater Mainz in the play The Servant of Two Lords . 1983 followed an engagement at the theater in Osnabrück and 1986 at the Schauspielhaus Wuppertal .

Acting career

Barbara Auer at the Hamburg Film Festival 2009

In 1983 Barbara Auer was seen for the first time in a movie: The Power of Emotions by Alexander Kluge . She became better known in 1988 in her role as East German crane operator Jessica in Vivian Naefes TV film The Boss from the West . Her breakthrough came in 1995 when she played the leading role of Astrid Protter in the Erich Loest novel adaptation of the Nikolaikirche . Further roles in film and television followed in the 1990s, for example in the erotic psycho thriller Solo for clarinet (1998) as Lydia Kominka and in the two- parter Warten ist der Tod (1999) with Ulrich Tukur as Gertrud Venske. Barbara Auer remained connected to the theater despite numerous cinema and television films, so she gave Roxanne in the play Cyrano de Bergerac by the French author Edmond Rostand at the Burgtheater in Vienna from 1999 to 2001 under the direction of Sven-Eric Bechtolf .

In the 2000s, Barbara Auer continued to appear in front of the camera, including the role of the sick actress Caroline Wiethoeft in Schiller in 2005 . In the same year Auer received a continuous series role as Lisa Brenner in the ZDF crime series Nachtschicht . In 2009 she was seen as Margarethe Krupp in the ZDF three-part series Krupp - A German Family .

In 2011 she starred in the fairy tale film Cinderella as an evil stepmother. Her role as Katarina Weiss in Matti Geschonneck's Das Ende einer Nacht (2012) earned her and her film partner Ina Weisse the Grimme Prize, among other things . In 2013, Auer appeared with Matthias Brandt in the television films Four Are One Too Many and Friends Are Betrayed, each in the lead role. In the ARD television film Mona gets a baby (2014) she was seen alongside Dominic Raacke as Mona's mother. In February 2015, she played in the ZDF two-parter Death of a Girl on the side of Heino Ferch as Hella Christensen.

Auer also works as an audio book speaker . She read from a detective novel by Anna Kalman , the pseudonym of two German journalists. The audio book was published in 2006 under the title Winter in Canada .


Barbara Auer's first son comes from a relationship with actor Kai Maertens . In 1995 she met Roger Willemsen and had a relationship with him. At 44 she had her second son. Today she lives with the cameraman Martin Langer and his daughter in a blended family in Hamburg.

Filmography (selection)

Audiobooks (selection)

Radio plays


Web links

Commons : Barbara Auer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Portal: Barbara Auer. In: prisma .
  2. ^ Cinderella (FRG 2011). ( Memento from December 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive ). In: .
  3. Isabella Caldart: Remembering Roger Willemsen. In: Friday , February 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Doris Banuscher: Willemsen's tradition of storytelling in the St. Pauli Theater. In: Die Welt , January 17, 2006 and An Evening for Roger Willemsen. ( Memento of October 7, 2017 in the Internet Archive ). In: NDR Kultur , February 27, 2017, picture 2.
  5. Taboo getting older. In: Brigitte Woman , 2006, No. 12, p. 33, conversation with Gisela Schneeberger , Barbara Auer, Doris Schade .
  6. Anja Daeschler: Barbara Auer: "I am a very soft mother". In: Bunte , March 20, 2009, interview, accessed July 8, 2017.
  7. Grimme Prize Fiction . ( Memento from April 1, 2013 in the Internet Archive ). In: Grimme Institute , 2013.
  8. Five Lakes Film Festival awards the Elsner Prize . Article dated June 3, 2019, accessed June 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Hannelore Elsner Prize to Barbara Auer . Article dated June 13, 2019, accessed June 14, 2019.