Dagmar Manzel

Dagmar Manzel (born 1 September 1958) is a German actress. She has appeared in more than 80 films and television shows since 1979. She starred in the 1986 film So Many Dreams, which was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

Dagmar Manzel
Born (1958-09-01) 1 September 1958
Berlin, Germany
Years active1983–present

She is the daughter of teachers Paul and Annemarie Manzel growing up in East-Berlin. After high school she studied acting in Berlin. She graduated in 1980 and debuted at the Staatstheater Dresden. In 1983 she changed to the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, which became her artistic home. Until 2001 she was a resident actor there, working with directors such as Thomas Langhoff, Heiner Müller, and Thomas Schulte-Michels.

In addition to her acting work, she also appeared in several musical theater productions. In 2002, she had the title role in Thomas Schulte-Michels staging of Jacques Offenbach's operetta La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at the Deutsches Theater Berlin and also played the lead role in his production of Offenbach's operetta La Périchole 2008 at the Berliner Ensemble.

In autumn 2004, Dagmar Manzel played at the Komische Oper Berlin, the female lead in the much-vaunted German premiere of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd, directed by Christopher Bond.

2012 Manzel was awarded the German Film Prize for her supporting role in Christian Schwochow's drama "The Invisible".

In 2012, she was on the stage of the Komische Oper Berlin with Seven Songs/The Seven Deadly Sins.

Since 1994 she has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin .

Her daughter Klara Manzel is also an actress.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Remembrance
2009 John Rabe Dora Rabe
2005 Speer und Er Margarete Speer TV Series
1999 Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland Eva Klemperer TV Series
1996 After Five in the Forest Primeval
1992 Schtonk!
1989 Coming Out
1986 So Many Dreams


  1. "Berlinale: 1987 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
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