Born in Melk/Lower Austria in 1974. She trained to be a kindergarten teacher, and after graduation went on to study acting at the Vienna Volkstheater (1993 to 1996). She performs regularly on various Vienna stages, including Theater in der Josefstadt, Ensembletheater, Theater in der Drachengasse, and Volkstheater.
Her filmography includes White Cherries (director: Leopold Lummerstorfer, 2000), Free Radicals (Barbara Albert, 2003), Crash Test Dummies (Jörg Kalt, 2005), Kotsch (Helmut Köpping, 2006), Falling (Barbara Albert, 2006), and most recently Krankheit der Jugend (directed by students of the Vienna Film Academy under the auspices of Michael Haneke, 2007).
She plays the lead in the new TV police series “Schnell ermittelt,” which will begin its first season in 2008.
Five questions for Ursula Strauss:
Three aspects of your part that you’re already familiar with from life?
Living in the country. Wanting children. As a little girl I wanted to work at the local supermarket.
And what three things are completely unfamiliar?
Working at the local supermarket. Being married. Living in the country the whole time.
What does home mean to you?
You’re home when you’re in your own place and with the people you love.
Why did you become an actress?
I can’t do anything else and don’t want to do anything else.
Who would you like to spend an evening with?
To be truthful, with myself.