Samuel Finzi was born in 1966 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and studied acting at the National Academy of Theatre & Film Arts in Sofia. In the early 1990s he began performing in Germany. Here he became known largely through his work with Dimiter Gotscheff. From 2003 to 2005 Samuel Finzi was a member of the ensemble at Berlin’s Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz where he appeared Gotscheff’s stagings of Bernard-Marie Koltès’ Black Battles with Dogs and Chekhov’s Ivanov.
In the 2006/2007 season Samuel Finzi joined the Deutsches Theater ensemble. Here he’s worked with Benno Besson, Jürgen Gosch, Werner Schröter, Robert Wilson, Frank Castorf, Johan Simons, Michael Thalheimer and Ivan Panteleev. Finzi continues to collaborate with Dimiter Gotscheff. He assumed the lead role in Gotscheff’s staging of Ben Jonson’s Volpone and plays Xerxes in the The Persians by Aeschylus and the Doctor in Chekhov’s Ward No. 6. Finzi is centre stage all the time in his solo performance of Nikolai Gogol’s Diary of a Madman, directed by Hanna Rudolph. Finzi’s film and television credits are extensive, including roles in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Just an Ordinary Jew (2005) and Til Schweiger’s Kokowääh (2011). He currently plays the title character in Flemming, a crime series on German TV.
Samuel Finzi has received numerous accolades for his work. In 1995 he won a Best Actor award from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the following year he received a bursary from the city of Düsseldorf. In 2001 he won the Golden Chest award in the Best Actor category at the International Television Festival in his hometown of Plovdiv. Together with Dimiter Gotscheff, Wolfram Koch and Almut
Zilcher, Samuel Finzi is the winner of the 2011 Berlin Theatre Award, handed out by the Preussiche Seehandlung Foundation in recognition of “outstanding contributions to German-language theatre”.
Samuel Finzi - Wolfram Koch
Margit Bendokat - Samuel Finzi