Johanna Wokalek Gudrun Ensslin


Johanna Wokalek studied at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna. In 1998, whilst still a drama student, she made her cinema debut in Max Färberböck’s AIMÉE AND JAGUAR, followed by the three-part miniseries “Der Laden”. After finishing her studies, she took on a three-year engagement at the Bonn theatre. Since March 2000 she’s been an ensemble member of The Burgtheater in Vienna, where she appeared in Luc Bondy’s production of “The Seagull”, Peter Zadek’s production of “Totentanz” and Andrea Breth’s productions of “Don Carlos,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Emilia Galotti”.

In 1999, Wokalek was named “Best New Actress of the Year” by the theatre magazine “Theater heute”. She received the Bavarian Film Award in 2003, the German Film Newcomer Award and in 2006 the Adolf Grimme Award for the lead role in Hans Steinbichler’s HIERANKL.

In 2005 she played the female lead in Til Schweiger’s romantic comedy BAREFOOT. In addition to THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, Johanna Wokalek is also starring in the upcoming mountain climbing drama NORTH FACE directed by Philipp Stölzl and Christian Frosch’s thriller SILENT RESIDENT.

Johanna Wokalek is still an ensemble member of The Burgtheater in Vienna, where she is currently appearing in William Shakespeare’s “Wars of the Roses”. She’s also playing the lead role in Sönke Wortmann’s POPE JOAN, which is currently shooting in Germany and Morocco.