The Empress cast features Devrim Lingnau, Philip Froissant and Melika Foroutan. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Katharina Eyssen’s 2022 Netflix miniseries. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
The Empress focuses on a teenage Bavarian princess. When Elisabeth falls in love with the Emperor, she upsets both her sister and her future brother-in-law. The narrative follows the main protagonist as she learns to polish her behavior in high society. Here’s every actor and character in The Empress.
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The Empress Cast: Devrim Lingnau as Elisabeth von Wittelsbach
Character Profile: A 16-year-old Bavarian princess. She falls in love with her sister’s bride-to-be. Elisabeth becomes the Empress of Austria during an international political conflict.
Lingnau’s Resume: Aleyna Kara in Under Suspicion (2017), Cäcilia in Auerhaus (2019), Carmilla in Carmilla (2019), Vanessa Born in Der Bozen Krimi (2019), Emma in Borga (2021)
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The Empress Cast: Philip Froissant as Emperor Franz Joseph
Character Profile: The Emperor of Austria. He meets Elisabeth and quickly falls in love. Franz tries to prove that he can lead his country during a national crisis.
Froissant’s Resume: Jonas Hansen in Black Island (2021)
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The Empress Cast: Melika Foroutan as Sophia
Character Profile: Franz’s mother. She is a familial descendant of Marie Antoinette. Sophia keeps a close eye on Elisabeth while looking for a romantic partner.
Foroutan’s Resume: Fida Emam in Wiener Blut (2019), Pari in Pari (2020), Rasha in Mediterraneo: The Law of the Sea (2021), Varvara in Tribes of Europa (2021), Ella in Old People (2022)
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The Empress Cast: Johannes Nussbaum as Archduke Maximilian
Character Profile: Franz’s brother. He is the black sheep of the family. Maximilian pursues a sexual fling with his sister-in-law, Elisabeth.
Nussbaum’s Resume: Johannes in Import Export (2007), Simon Schneider in Vorstadtweiber (2015-18), Josef in A Hidden Life (2019), Walter in Prélude (2019), Hannes in Hannes (2021)
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The Empress Cast: Almila Bagriacik as Countess Leontine von Apafi
Character Profile: A revolutionary mole. She pretends to be a countess from Siebenbürgen. Leontine becomes part of Elisabeth’s inner circle.
Bagriacik’s Resume: Rana in When We Leave (2010), Mila Sahin/Gülbahar in Tatort (2013-), Aylin in Hördur – Zwischen den Welten (2015), Semiya Simsek in Mitten in Deutschland: NSU (2016), Amara Hamady in 4 Blocks (2017-19)
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The Empress Cast: Wiebke Puls as Countess Esterhazy
Character Profile: Elisabeth’s chief court mistress. She has a tight relationship with the Empress’ mother-in-law. Countess Esterhazy believes that Elisabeth lacks discipline.
Puls’ Resume: Dr. Bittner in Mein Leben im Off (2010), Jugendrichterin in Kaddisch für einen Freund (2012), Aneta in Abschussfahrt (2015), Staatsanwältin in Tatort (2018), Mandy Brockmann in Open Season (2020)
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The Empress Cast: Elisa Schlott as Helene
Character Profile: Elisabeth’s sister. She plans to marry the Emperor during the beginning of the series. Helene clashes with Elisabeth during the first three episodes.
Schlott’s Resume: Jessika Borowski in Losing Balance (2009), Rita Holbeck in Tatort (2015), Lena in Strange Daughter (2017), Ulla Wolf in Our Wonderful Years (2020-), Greta Nussmeier in Das Boot (2022)
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The Empress cast also includes Jördis Triebel (West, Dark), Hanna Hilsdorf (In the Fade, We Children from Bahnhof Zoo), Svenja Jung (Center of My World, The Palace), Alexander Finkenwirth (Bauhaus – A New Era, Deutschland 89) and Raymond Tarabay (Das Ende der Geduld, 4 Blocks).
Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.
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