Born in Wiesbaden in 1972, Jens Harzer completed his acting training at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich. He joined Dieter Dorn’s ensemble in 1993 (where he stayed for 16 years), first at the Munich Kammerspiele and then at the Bavaria Staatsschauspiel. He has also guest starred at many theatres including the Berlin Schaubühne, the Deutsche Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Frankfurt Schauspiel, the RuhrTriennale, the Deutsches Theater in Berlin and the Burgtheater Vienna. He has been a regular guest at the Salzburg Festspielen since 2000. His important artistic collaborators are Herbert Achternbusch, Peter Zadek, Martin Kušej and Dieter Dorn, as well as Jan Bosse, Luc Bondy, Andrea Breth and Jürgen Gosch. He has worked on films with Michael Voerhoeven, Hans-Christian Schmid and Bülent Akinci.
Jens Harzer has been a regular member of the Thalia ensemble in Hamburg since 2009.
Jens Harzer was voted Actor of the Year in both 2008 and 2011, in the critics’ vote held by ‘Theaterheute’ magazine.