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Who is Eva Verena Müller from Netflix’s Barbarians? Meet the actress who plays Irmina

Bruno Cooke October 26, 2020
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Meet Eva Verena Müller, who plays Irmina in Netflix’s latest historical drama, Barbarians. The show (called Barbaren in its original German), takes us back to the first century AD and introduces several relatively unknown but insanely talented actors to international audiences.

Who is Barbarians actress Eva Verena Müller?

Born in 1979, Müller grew up in Darmstadt, Hesse, near Frankfurt in western Germany. As an adult, Müller trained as an actor and in modern dance between 2000 and 2004 at the Folkwang University in Essen.

Her theatre credits include big-hitting roles Antigone (Sophocles’ Antigone) and Ophelia (Shakespeare’s Hamlet). For the latter she was awarded “Best Young Actress NRW” in 2004.

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Since graduating, Müller has performed with theatre companies in Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Berlin, Bonn, Dortmund and Hannover. She has earned accolades across Germany for her stage work, but recently made the switch to on-screen acting.

Eva Verena Müller’s roles before Barbarians

Besides her recent work in Barbarians, Müller has several other credited film roles. 

Notable examples include significant parts in biographical comedy All About Me (2018) and crime-comedy caper Koslowski & Haferkamp (2014). 

Before either of those, Müller’s first feature film credit was Anja Jacobs’ Somebody Like Bruno (2011). Barbarians serves as her breakout role on the international scene.

Eva Verena Müller on Instagram

Müller’s agency profile is a great resource for production stills, television and theatre credits, a comprehensive filmography and lists of awards and nominations. 

However, she is also on Instagram – evaverenamuller – where she has recently been promoting Barbarians.

What is Netflix’s Barbarians about?

Set in the first century AD, Barbarians will provide Game Of Thrones fans with something to sink their teeth into. 

As one might expect of the genre, Barbarians promises a world of gore and intrigue. So much so, it prevented one Fandom commentator from reaching the end of the first episode owing to the show’s “level of realistic brutality”. 

Barbarians follows several Germanic tribes as they unite to face the encroaching and seemingly unstoppable Roman Empire. It culminates in the Battle Of The Teutoburg Forest, which altered the course of European history forever. 

We wrote about Müller’s fellow Barbarians actors here and here.

Barbarians premiered on Netflix on 23 October.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.