Janina Elkin Wiki, Height, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Janina Elkin


Janina Elkin is a German Actress who is best known for appearing in the films Bela Kiss: Prologue (2011), Stille Nachtas (2012), and Foreign Body (2014). She is also known for her performance in the lead role of Dominique in the German Independence Award-winning short film Scissu (2009).


Janina Elkin was born on Monday, December 20, 1982 (age 38 years; as of 2020), in Kyiv, Ukraine. At a very early age, she began her dance training at Kyiv State Dance Academy. Later, she took Ballet lessons at State Ballet Academy in Mannheim, Germany. In 2001, she enrolled herself in Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York for a four-year course in acting. Thereafter, in 2012, she pursued a two-year course at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, Berlin. To achieve expertise, she pursued various additional acting courses like Method Acting Master Class (2010), Meisner Technique training (2010) at Actors-Space in Berlin, Ivana Chubbuck Masterclass (2018), etc.

Physical Appearance

Height: 5′ 5″

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown


Janina Elkin’s autograph

Family & Ethnicity

Parents & Siblings 

Janina Elkin’s sister’s name is Natalia Cieslok.

Janina Elkin with her father

Janina Elkin with her mother

Janina Elkin with her sister

Relationships, Husband & Children

Janina Elkin is married to Chris Apitius who is the founder of X-centives, an event planning organization.

Janina Elkin with her husband

In 2017, Janina Elkin gave birth to Romy Liv Elkin, a child actress who played the role of Mrs. Levin’s daughter ‘Leo’ in the television series Schloss Einstein (1998).

Janina Elkin with her daughter



In 2003, Janina Elkin began her journey as a theatre artist at Altonaer Theater in Hamburg, where she played the role of Yvonne in the theatre play ‘Der schönste Tag.’ Thereafter, she performed in various plays like Lost (2006), Der Taxifahrer (2007), Motortown (2007), etc. In 2009, she starred as ‘Baby’ in the play Dirty Dancing at Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.

Janina Elkin in the play Dirty Dancing (2007)


In 2004, Janina Elkin made her short-film debut with Tumbling Leaf. Thereafter, she gained popularity with the German Independence Award-winning short film Scissu (2009) in which she played the role of Dominique.

Janina Elkin in Scissu (2009)

Later, she appeared in various short-films like Not Afraid (2010), Vivre à Berlin (2014), Der Besuch (2018), etc.


In 2003, Janina Elkin made her debut with a German television film Küssen verboten, Baggern Erlaubt (Kissing forbidden, digging allowed) in which she played the role of a mistress Geliebte. In 2004, she appeared in  ZDF’s crime-drama ‘Der Ermittler’ (The Investigator) as a dancer. In 2012, she played one of the protagonists, Anna-Carina Levin, in the show ‘Schloss Einstein.’

Janina Elkin in Schloss Einstein (2012)

In 2019, she played the role of a blind patient ‘Ina Brach’ in the television series ‘In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte.’

Janina Elkin in In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte (2019)

Other television series in which she appeared include SOKO 5113 (2009), Notruf Hafenkante (2017), Tatort (2019), etc.


Since her film debut Lady Europa (2012) in which played the role of Zaza, she came into the limelight with the German horror film Bela Kiss: Prologue (2013) in which she played the role of Sophie.

In 2012, she appeared in the film ‘Stille Nachtas (Silent Night)’ as a villager ‘Maria’ who is considered scum and regarded as socially inferior in the village.

In 2014, she rose to fame with the film ‘Foreign Body’ in which she played the role of Irina, a young Ukrainian woman who blackmails Wolfgang Kruber; the recipient of the illegally transplanted kidney of Irina. The role of Irina earned Janina various accolades including the Best Actress Award at the Levante International Film Festival (2016), Italy.

Janina Elkin in Foreign Body (2014)

In 2015, she appeared in the film Ostfriesisch für Anfänger in which she played the role of Svetlana. Thereafter, she appeared in various films like Full moon (2017), Mission Ulja Funk (2019), Lovers (2019), etc.

Janina Elkin in Ostfriesisch für Anfänger (2015)

OTT/Web Series

In 2020, Janina struck international stardom with her digital debut with The Queen’s Gambit in which she played the role of Borgov’s Wife.

Janina Elkin in The Queen’s Gambit (2020)


  • 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 multilingual and can speak in six different languages; German, Russian, English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and French.
  • She is a professional dancer and is proficient in various dance forms like Ballet, Jazz dance, Latin American Dances, Merengue, etc.

    Janina Elkin performing Ballet

  • She is an active sports player and is skilled in sports such as Boxing, Inline Skating, Swimming, etc.
  • Janina Elkin also 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), The Americans (2013, the voice of Nina Sergeevna Krilova), etc., in German and Russian languages.