Janina Elkin is a German actress who is well known for playing the role of Anna-Carina Levin in the television series Schloss Einstein (2012), Maria in the film Stille Nachtas (2012), and Irina in the film Foreign Body (2014). She also has various short film credits under her belt including the German Independence Award-winning short film Scissu (2009) in which she played the lead role of Dominique.
Janina Elkin was born on Monday, December 20, 1982 (age 38 years; as of 2020), in Kyiv, Ukraine. During her early childhood days, Janina’s parents enrolled her in dance classes at Kyiv State Dance Academy. Later, she began learning Ballet at State Ballet Academy in Mannheim, Germany. In 2001, she pursued a four-year course in acting at Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, New York. In 2012, she enrolled herself in a two-year course in acting at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, Berlin. Later, to polish her acting skills, she took additional acting courses like Method Acting Master Class (2010), Meisner Technique training (2010) at Actors-Space in Berlin, and Ivana Chubbuck Masterclass (2018). Schauspielervideos
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Janina Elkin’s sister’s name is Natalia Cieslok.
Relationships, Husband & Children
Janina Elkin’s husband, Chris Apitius, is the founder of X-centives, an event planning organization.
Her daughter, Romy Liv Elkin (born in 2017), is a child actress who plays the role of Mrs. Levin’s daughter ‘Leo’ in the long-running television series Schloss Einstein (1998).
Janina Elkin made her theater debut in 2003 when she played the role of ‘Yvonne’ in the play ‘Der schönste Tag,’ which was staged at the Altonaer Theater in Hamburg. Other plays in which she performed include Lost (2006), Der Taxifahrer (2007), and Motortown (2007). In 2009, she landed the female lead, Frances Baby Houseman, in the musical play ‘Dirty Dancing’ which was staged at Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.
After her short film debut Tumbling Leaf (2004), she earned immense appreciation when she played the role of Dominique in the German Independence Award-winning short film Scissu (2009).
Later, she appeared in various short-films like Not Afraid (2010), Vivre à Berlin (2014), and Der Besuch (2018).
Janina Elkin made her debut in 2003 when she played the role of a mistress in the television film Küssen verboten, Baggern Erlaubt (Kissing forbidden, digging allowed). In 2004, she appeared as a dancer in ‘Der Ermittler’ (The Investigator), a crime-drama that premiered on ZDF. In 2012, she played the role of a biology and chemistry teacher, Anna-Carina Levin, in the long-running popular German show ‘Schloss Einstein.’
In 2019, she made a guest appearance in an episode of ‘In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte’ (In all friendship – the young doctors) in which she played the role of Ina Brach, a blind woman who confidently fights her way through life.
Later, she appeared in various shows like SOKO 5113 (2009), Notruf Hafenkante (2017), and Tatort (2019).
In 2012, Janina made her film debut with ‘Lady Europa’ in which she played the role of Zaza. Thereafter, she came into the limelight when she played the role of Sophie in the German horror film Bela Kiss: Prologue (2011).
In 2012, she rose to fame with the film ‘Stille Nachtas’ (Silent Night) in which she played the role of a villager Maria, who despite being an outcast joins the all-male church choir.
In 2014, she struck stardom with the film ‘Foreign Body’ in which she starred as a young Ukrainian woman named ‘Irina’ who demands money and blackmails Wolfgang Kruber, the recipient of the illegally transplanted kidney of Irina. Janina won the Best Actress Award at the Levante International Film Festival (2016), Italy, for playing the role of Irina.
Thereafter, she appeared in the films Ostfriesisch für Anfänger (2015) as Svetlana, Full moon (2017) as Carola Jurgan, and Darkroom (2019) as Pflegerin.
In 2020, she gained international recognition with Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit in which she played the role of Vasily Borgov’s wife.
Awards & Achievements
- Nominated for Maverick Movie Award (2009) in the category of Best Actress Award for the short film Scissu (2009)
- Won Best Actress Award at Levante International Film Festival (2015) for the film Foreign Body (2014)
- Janina Elkin is a polyglot, fluent in six different languages; German, Russian, English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and French.
- Janina is a competent dancer who is skilled in various dance forms like Ballet, Jazz dance, Latin American Dances, Merengue, etc.
- She is well-versed in various sports such as Boxing, Inline Skating, and Swimming.
- Janina Elkin, also a skillful voice artist, lent her voice in various computer games and for dubbing series like Grey’s Anatomy (2011, the voice of Ana), White Collar (2013, the voice of Katya), and The Romanoffs (2018, the voice of Elena Evanovich), in German and Russian languages.