Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey - Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey

Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey at the award ceremony of the German Academy for Television (2017)

Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey (born November 6, 1968 [1] in Holzminden ) is a German actor .


Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey grew up in Neuhaus im Solling . He is the great-grandson of the writer and social reformer Heinrich Sohnrey . As a child he accompanied his father Hanfried Schwering-Sohnrey to readings of the texts of his great-grandfather. [2]


His school career was interrupted by a change of school and two repetitions of a class. He could not identify with the rigid school structures. At the Georg-von-Langen School in Holzminden he finally graduated from high school with a major in economics. Then he did two years of community service in the care of the severely disabled.

His youth in the rural area around Neuhaus was not only influenced by the literary line of his own family, but also by little cultural influences. He founded a youth group and began his first productions at the age of 12 , making his first short film at the age of 14, which was then shown at the International Short Film Festival in Hamburg . From 1993 to 1997 he studied acting at the Hanover University of Music and Theater .


During his studies, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey was already engaged at the Lower Saxony State Theater in Hanover and then accepted a permanent engagement at the Grips Theater Berlin . He was also seen in the Sophiensaele Berlin, at Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and the Theaterhaus Stuttgart . He is a member of the group a rose is .

Movie and TV

During his first engagement at the Grips Theater in Berlin, Schwering-Sohnrey had the opportunity to work with film directors such as Leander Haußmann , Detlev Buck and Wolfgang Becker . He decided to leave the theater and work freely.

A little later he attracted attention with his unusual figure drawing in Jobst Oetzmann's film adaptation of the novel The Solitude of the Crocodiles , in which he gave the fool Ronald, who prefers to stick with the pigs than the village community, a previously unseen humanity. Schwering-Sohnrey soon established himself through further work with, among others, Stefan Ruzowitzky ( anatomy ) and Niki Stein ( automatic death ). He then played in a number of crime scenes, worked with Uli Edel ( Das Adlon. A family saga ) and showed himself in character interpretations of historical personalities such asBilly Wilder and Joseph Goebbels .

There was an increasing number of international productions. Collaborations with Quentin Tarantino , Michael Haneke and David Cronenberg followed , which opened up further stages in his work. Acting agents in Canada , England and Ireland signed him and he soon appeared in series on the BBC ( SS-GB ) and Canadian television ( X Company ).

In the Tatort episodes with Commissioners Lessing and Dorn from Weimar , Schwering-Sohnrey has been regularly seen in the supporting role of police officer Ludwig Maria "Lupo" Pohl since 2015. [3]

Artistic research

In addition, Schwering-Sohnrey is co-founder of the " Society for Artistic Research ", an initiative for artistic research. He works as a lecturer and coach at the Hanover University of Music and Drama and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He is an active member of the German and European Film Academy and founder of the "Institute for Adventure", an association for media project development that he set up together with the scriptwriter Liza Reichardt.

Filmography (selection)


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Individual evidence

  1. Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey - actor. Retrieved March 25, 2019 .
  2. Jörn Barke: Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey - great-grandson Heinrich Sohnreys plays a supporting role in the new Tarantino film. In: June 17, 2009, accessed on November 24, 2020 (interview).
  3. ^ Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey - Tatort - ARD | The first. Retrieved April 1, 2019 .