Liv Lisa Fries

Liv Lisa Fries (born 1990) is a German actress born in Berlin. In 2017, she gained an international following as the female lead Charlotte Ritter in the German TV series Babylon Berlin.

Born in Berlin, Fries wanted to become an actress when she was 14 years old after watching Léon: The Professional because she was impressed by Natalie Portman’s performance. Her first role in Atomised (2005) (German: Elementarteilchen) was cut. Her debut occurred in 2006 with an episode of Schimanski, in which she played the female lead role.

Her performance in the German made-for-television film Sie hat es verdient as an aggressive, frustrated teenager named Linda who tortures one of her peers was praised by critics and audiences alike. Fries said that during filming, she started feeling lonely and isolated, just like her character.

In 2013, she starred in the German tragicomedy Zurich (original title Und morgen Mittag bin ich tot). She received wide critical acclaim for her performance as Lea, a young woman with cystic fibrosis. According to Fries, she prepared for the role by meeting with a patient with the disease, in addition to running up stairs while breathing through a straw.

Fries also plays a recurring role in the 2017 TV series Counterpart.

Fries studied abroad as an exchange student in Beijing. In addition to her native tongue German, she speaks English, French and Mandarin. After receiving her Abitur in 2010, she enrolled to study philosophy and literary science, but dropped out as her career as an actress progressed.

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