Ronald Zehrfeld

Ronald Zehrfeld (born 15 January 1977) is a German actor. His movie roles include Barbara (2012), Inbetween Worlds (2014) and Phoenix (2014).

Ronald Zehrfeld
Born (1977-01-15) 15 January 1977


Zehrfeld made his film debut in 2005 with a lead role in Dominik Graf's The Red Cockatoo. He starred in the comedic pirate movie 12 Paces Without a Head directed by Sven Taddicken where he played the role of the pirate Klaus Störtebeker.

In 2010, he played a major role as an idealistic Berlin police detective in Dominik Graf's elaborate and critically acclaimed television ten-part series Im Angesicht des Verbrechens. In 2011 he works with Graf again in the crime drama "Cassandra's Warning" (2011) from the series Polizeiruf 110, this time in an unfamiliar role as a murderous villain, and in the TV crime drama The Invisible Girl. He also takes supporting role in Matthias Glasner's TV mystery thriller The Hour of the Wolf (2011).

In 2012 he starred in Christian Petzold's Barbara, which won Silver Bear for Best Director at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. The film was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[1]

In 2014 Zehrfeld appeared in several movies. In Dominik Graf's historical film Beloved Sisters he played Wilhelm von Wolzogen, a college friend of the main character Friedrich Schiller, it was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[2] In the war drama Inbetween Worlds he appears as a German soldier in Afghanistan, who falls into a crisis of conscience. The children's film Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten shows him as a new resident of an apartment building in which there are mysterious happenings. He also starred in Christian Petzold's postwar drama Phoenix alongside Nina Hoss, the movie received universal acclaim from critics.[3]

Zehrfeld won the 2016 German Film Award in the category Best Supporting Actor for his role in Lars Kraume's history-thriller film The People vs. Fritz Bauer.[4]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 Goldjunge Ronny Stephan Schiffers Short film
2006 The Red Cockatoo Wolle Dominik Graf
2008 Wir sind das Volk – Liebe kennt keine Grenzen Dirk Faber Thomas Berger TV film
In jeder Sekunde Ben Weissner Jan Fehse
2009 12 Paces Without a Head Klaus Störtebeker Sven Taddicken
2010 Die Grenze Robert Klaars Roland Suso Richter TV film
Im Angesicht des Verbrechens Sven Lottner Dominik Graf TV miniseries
2011 Polizeiruf 110 - Episode: "Cassandras Warnung" Gerry Vogt Dominik Graf TV
Die Unsichtbare Joachim Christian Schwochow
Die Stunde des Wolfes Tom Faller Matthias Glasner TV film
Das unsichtbare Mädchen Niklas Tanner Dominik Graf TV film
2012 Barbara Dr. André Reiser Christian Petzold
Wir wollten aufs Meer Matthias Schönherr Toke Constantin Hebbeln
2013 Mord in Eberswalde Kommissar Gödicke Stephan Wagner TV film
Finsterworld Tom Frauke Finsterwalder
2014 Inbetween Worlds Jesper Feo Aladag
Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten Simon Westbühl Neele Vollmar
Beloved Sisters Wilhelm von Wolzogen Dominik Graf
Phoenix Johnny Lenz Christian Petzold
The King's Surrender Kevin Philipp Leinemann
2015 Tannbach Konrad Werner Alexander Dierbach TV miniseries
Rico, Oskar und das Herzgebreche Simon Westbühl Wolfgang Groos
The People vs. Fritz Bauer Staatsanwalt Karl Angermann Lars Kraume
2015 The Burglar Michael Hagar Ben-Asher Israeli co-production
2017 SS-GB Captain Hans Hesse Philipp Kadelbach TV miniseries/2 episodes
2018 The Silent Revolution Lars Kraume

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref(s)
2006 Undine Award Best Debut, Male The Red Cockatoo Nominated
New Faces Award Actor The Red Cockatoo Nominated
2011 Grimme-Preis Fiction Im Angesicht des Verbrechens Won
2012 Deutscher Filmpreis Best Actor Barbara Nominated
2013 Baden-Baden TV Film Festival Best Performance Mord in Eberswalde Won
German Film Critics Association Award Best Actor Barbara Nominated
Jupiter Award Best German TV Actor Das unsichtbare Mädchen Won
2014 Grimme-Preis Fiction Mord in Eberswalde Won
2016 German Film Award Best Supporting Actor The People vs. Fritz Bauer Won


  1. "Germany's Oscar entry is Christian Petzold's Barbara". Screendaily. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  2. "OSCARS: Germany Selects Dominik Graf's 'Beloved Sisters' as Academy Award Entry". Variety. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. "Phoenix".
  4. Kaever, Oliver (28 May 2016). "Deutscher Filmpreis 2016: Das Frühlingsmärchen" via Spiegel Online.
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