Angela Winkler, born in Templin, from 1971 to 1978 member of the Schaubühne Berlin, played there in productions by Peter Stein and Luc Bondy. Since 1980 she has been working freelance and repeatedly with important directors such as Robert Wilson (The Winter's Tale, 2005; The Threepenny Opera, 2007; Lulu, 2011) or Peter Zadek. Her film career began in 1968, when she played the leading role in The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum and Oscar's mother in The Tin Drum (director: Volker Schlöndorff). For her performances in The Cherry Orchard at the Akademietheater Vienna and in Hamlet at the Wiener Festwochen she was chosen twice as the "actress of the Year". In 2000 she received the Gertrud-Eysold-Ring for her performance as Rebekka West in Ibsens Rosmersholm (all directed by Peter Zadek) at the Akademietheater Vienna. On ARD she stars in Altersglühen under the direction of Jan-Georg Schütte as well as in the TV comedy Das Gewinnerlos with Matthias Habich, in whom she was awarded the title of best supporting actress. Recently she worked with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart for the international feature film Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas and most recently shot Luca Guadagningo's new feature film for Amazon Suspiria with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.
Angela Winkler was awarded the Deutscher Schauspielpreis 2019 for her performance in theatre.