Iris Berben Net Worth in 2023 Career & Relationship

Estimated value: €10 million
Age: 71
Born: 08/12/1950
Country of origin: Germany
Source of Wealth: actress
Last updated: 2021

Short introduction

Iris Berben is a German actress and voice actress. She is still one of the most successful actresses in Germany.

early life

Iris Renate Dorothea Berben was born in Detmold in North Rhine-Westphalia as the daughter of wealthy restaurateurs. After her parents divorced, she moved to Hamburg with her mother. Her school career was not straightforward, she was repeatedly expelled from various boarding schools, including the well-known boarding school in St. Peter-Ording. Berben finished school without graduating from high school. As a teenager, she was involved in the Hamburg protest scene. After school, Iris Berben completed dance and movement training in London. She also took singing and speaking lessons in Berlin.


Iris Berben began her acting career in 1968 and was able to gain initial experience, although she had never attended acting school. Already in her first feature film “Detektive” in 1969 she was able to prove her great talent. A year later, she was also able to impress in the spaghetti western film “Zwei Companeros”. She became known to a wider audience a short time later (1978) in the Klimbim offshoot “Two Heavenly Daughters”, alongside the already popular actress Ingrid Steeger. In the years that followed, Iris Berben appeared in many TV productions. A particular success was the comedy series “Sketchup” alongside Diether Krebs. Other well-known German films in which Iris Berben took part included: “The Legacy of the Guldenburgs”, “Andrea and Marie”, “Fahr zur Hölle Schwester” and the film adaptation of Thomas Mann’s great novel “Die Buddenbrooks”. In addition, since 1993 she has played the leading role in the crime series “Rosa Roth” on ZDF. In addition to her acting career, Iris Berben worked as a model and voice actress. The actress acted as a model for the well-known men’s magazines “Playboy” (1978) and “Penthouse” (1987 and 2002). As a voice actor, Berben has spoken a variety of audio books. Her readings of the diaries of Anne Frank and Joseph Goebbels were also set to music.

Career highlights

Iris Berben has won several prizes in her career, including the Romy, the Golden Camera, the Bambi and Grimme prizes. In 2011 she was awarded the Bavarian Television Prize for her life’s work for her successful acting career. Iris Berben even received an Emmy nomination in 2010, the most important television award in the United States, for her role in “Krupp – A German Family”. Furthermore, since 2010 she has been President of the German Film Academy alongside the well-known actor Bruno Ganz. For four years (2013 to 2019) Berben held the office alone.

Famous quotes

“The really intellectual people are ultimately the ones you can talk to about anything.”

“Denial is one of the most beautiful things that comes with getting older.”

“Only in the face of death do you know how attached you are to life, how brief the moment can be and how to seize it.”

“When you are adjusted, you also meet people who are looking for exactly that.”

“I would like to live to be a thousand years old. I’m so curious how society coped with the challenges.”

Amazing Facts

Iris Berben is very involved socially and politically. In particular, she campaigns against anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism and for Israel’s right to exist. In addition, the actress is the patron of several foundations and initiatives such as the “Magen David-Adom-Israel in Germany eV” and the “United Buddy Bears”. She feels very close to the State of Israel. For her commitment, Iris Berben was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit First Class, the Women’s World Award for Tolerance and the Leo Baeck Prize. The latter awarded her Paul Spiegel from the Central Council of Jews in Germany. She is also a member of the jury for the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award. Politically, Berben supports the SPD and was involved in the 2016 campaign “My voice for reason”. Iris Berben was a member of the Federal Assembly in 2017.

Estimated value: €10 million