Nina Hoss was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and studied at the Ernst Busch School for Performing Arts in Berlin. After graduating she joined the Deutsches Theater's ensemble in the 1998/99 season. At the DT, Hoss regularly works with director Michael Thalheimer and appeared as Countess Orsina in his celebrated production of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Emila Galotti. Hoss also played Medea in Euripides’ tragedy of the same name, directed by Barbara Frey. Her interpretation of Medea won Nina Hoss the prestigious Gertrud Eysoldt Ring for outstanding stage performance.
Through her film work Nina Hoss is known to a wide audience. She has won numerous awards, including: the Golden Camera, one of the most highly-prized German television awards; and the renowned Grimme Prize as Best Actress twice (for her roles in Christian Petzold’s films Something to Remind Me and Wolfsburg). Nina Hoss’ stunning performance in Yella (directed by Petzold) earned her the Silver Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival and the ‘Lola’ for Best Actress at the German Film Awards.
At the DT, Nina Hoss currently performs in Christian Petzold’s theatrical debut The Lonely Way by Arthur Schnitzler, as well as in Stephan Kimmig’s stagings of Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky and The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov. Her portrayal of Eva Kahmer in Kimmg’s production of Oil, by Lukas Bärfuss, earned Hoss a nomination for the 2010 Faust theatre prize in the Best Acting Performance category.