Alexandra Maria Lara (born Alexandra Pl?t?reanu on November 12, 1978) is a Romanian-German actress. She performs predominantly in leading roles in a variety of historical and crime films. Lara is best known for her roles in Control (2007), Der Tunnel (2001), Nackt (2002), Downfall (2004), and About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (2005).
Born in Bucharest, Lara is the only child of Valentin Pl?t?reanu, a Bucharest actor, and his wife, Doina, a homemaker. At the age of four (in 1983) her family decided to flee to West Germany to escape from the Nicolae Ceau?escu regime in Communist Romania. Although the family had originally planned to emigrate to Canada, they settled down in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg, before eventually moving to Berlin.
After graduating at the FranzÃ¶sisches Gymnasium Berlin in 1997, Lara went on studying acting under the management of her father, co-founder of the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg, until 2000.