Birgit Minichmayr
Birgit Minichmayr at the 2009 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin receiving the Silver Bear.


Birgit Minichmayr


3 April 1977 (Linz, Austria)

Known for

Playing Gerda Christian in Downfall


1.66 m
5' 5¼"

Birgit Minichmayr (born 3 April 1977) is an Austrian actress and singer born in Linz, Austria. Birgit Minichmayr studied drama at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna.

Minichmayr had her first break with the Burgtheater in Vienna, where she appeared in numerous plays, including "Der Reigen" by Arthur Schnitzler (staged by Sven-Eric Bechtolf), "Troilus and Cressida" by William Shakespeare (staging by Declan Donnellan) and "Der Färber und sein Zwillingsbruder" by Johann Nestroy (staged by Karlheinz Hackl). She made her cinema debut in 2000 as Barbara Brecht in Jan Schütte's Abschied, playing alongside Sepp Bierbichler and Monika Bleibtreu. In 2000, Minichmayr appeared in Peter Sämann's television thriller (in the Tatort series), "Böses Blut". She was awarded the Austrian Nestroy Prize for "Best Young Talent" in 2000. In 2006 she played Mizzi Kasper, one of the lovers from Crownprince Rudolf in the movie Kronprinz Rudolf. A year later, Minichmayr played the fool in Luc Bondy's acclaimed staging of Shakespeare's King Lear, always at the Burgtheater.

In the 2004 film Downfall, Minichmayr is best known for crying as Bruno Ganz was ranting at Dieter Mann, Christian Redl, Rolf Kanies and Justus von Dohnányi for not carrying out Steiner's attack in the Original Bunker Scene.


  • Alle Anderen - Everyone Else (2009) .... Gitti
  • Kirschblüten - Hanami - Cherry Blossoms (2008) .... Karolin Angermeier
  • Knochenmann, Der (2008) .... Gitti
  • Midsummer Madness (2007) .... Maja
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) .... Grenouille's Mother
  • Fallen (2006) .... Brigitte
  • Daniel Käfer - Die Villen der Frau Hürsch (2005) .... Schlömmer, Mirz
  • Spiele Leben (2005) .... Tanja
  • Downfall (2004) .... Gerda Christian
  • Hotel (2004) .... Petra
  • Liegen lernen (2003) .... Tina
  • Polterabend (2003) .... Monika Scheidt
  • Zerrissene, Der (2001) .... Kathi
  • Spiel im Morgengrauen (2001) .... Steffi
  • Taking Sides (2001) .... Emmi Straube
  • Tatort - Böses Blut (2001) ....
  • Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer (2000) .... Barbara Brecht


  • 2000: Nestroy Prize for Best Young Talent
  • 2009: 59th Berlin International Film Festival, Best Actress for Everyone Else
  • 2010: German Film Awards, Nomination Best Actress for Everyone Else


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