Born: March 4, 1966
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Daniela Amavia (Greek: Ντανιέλα Αμαβία) (born March 4, 1966), also credited as Daniela Elle and Daniela Lunkewitz, is an actress and model, appearing in numerous films and international fashion events.
Born in Greece, raised in Germany and schooled in the United Kingdom, Amavia speaks fluent Greek, German, French, and English. As a young girl she was a dancer, but her teacher told her that she was too tall for the ballet, and suggested that she try acting. She began acting at the State Theatre Corps de Ballet,[clarification needed] and studied drama and literature at Goethe University, and acting in London,[clarification needed] where she soon received small roles.[clarification needed] While studying to be an actress, she also modeled, doing runway work in Paris, France for Chanel and Dior, spokesmodel work for Chloé, and cover work for Vogue, Elle, and Femme.
In 2001, Amavia won the Best Actress award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for the film The Woman Every Man Wants (aka Perfect Lover), as well as the Deutscher Filmpreis, the German equivalent of the Academy Award. In addition to acting and modeling, Amavia also has written, directed, and produced several short films.
In 2003, Amavia appeared as Alia Atreides in the TV miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune. Laura Fries of Variety called her performance "layered".
In 2013, Amavia wrote and directed the indie drama A Beautiful Now, about a passionate dancer who finds herself considering an extreme act when she reaches a crossroads in her life.