Character Guides Holiday Secrets (Zeit der Geheimnisse): Cast, Characters & General Information (with Spoilers)

Holiday Secrets (Zeit der Geheimnisse): Cast, Characters & General Information (with Spoilers)

A show/ character guide for Netflix’s Holiday Secrets (Zeit der Geheimnisse) featuring who plays who, character descriptions, storylines, and general information.

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General Information About Holiday Secrets (Zeit der Geheimnisse)

Network
Netflix
Creator(s)Katharina Eyssen
Air Date11/20/2019
Genre(s)Drama
StatusEnded

Alma (Barbara Nusse)

Alma (Barbara Nusse) being forced to dress up for dinner.
Alma (Barbara Nusse)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

Eva’s mother, who brought her to Germany after undisclosed events left her a widow. But, luckily for her, her husband Alfred had an aunt who invited them to her home. Though, unluckily, she was dead in her tub when Alma and Eva arrived.

But, according to Alma, after taking care of the people who might have killed her aunt in law, and having the gun to prove it, they made do.

Additional Information About Alma

  • Shows that Alzheimer’s runs in the family.

Sonja (Christiane Paul and Emilie Neumeister)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

Eva’s daughter, and Lara and Vivi’s mother who has lived a bit of a wildlife. Between being arrested in her late teens, due to then-boyfriend Peter, to traveling across the world, usually under the guise of working for Greenpeace, Sonja has rarely slowed down long enough to take care of her girls. Hence Eva raising them.

However, in the present-day, after all the partying and so much more, she has decided to deal with her alcoholism and try to atone. Though, for Vivi, her atonement comes a bit late.

Additional Information About Sonja

  • When she was younger, she had aspirations to become a lawyer.

Peter Weiland (Merlin Rose)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

Sonja’s ex, who has been in jail for approximately 28 years for participating in a terrorist act as a member of the Red Army Faction.

Additional Information About Peter

  • For some reason, the older version isn’t noted in the credits, so only the younger version is credited.
  • He’s tied to killing a US ambassador.

Ljubica (Anita Vulesica and Laura von Beloseroff)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

A young woman from the eastern bloc who starts off as Alma’s caretaker, evolves into Eva’s, during her old age, and becomes a valued member of the family.

Additional Information About Ljubica

Eva (Corinna Harfouch)

Eva (Corinna Harfouch) during a family dinner.
Eva (Corinna Harfouch)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

Sonja’s mother who had a deadbeat of a husband and while she lost her son, raised her daughter the best she could, as well as her daughter’s children.

Additional Information About Eva

Vivi (Svenja Jung and Lorna zu Solms)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

An inspiring musician who follows in her mother’s footsteps in the form of being inconsistent, unreliable, and a dreamer who has yet achieved her dream.

Additional Information About

  • The adult version of Vivi is 28 or older.

Lara (Leonie Benesch and Tolda Jenkins)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

Vivi’s younger sister who was always the normal one in her family. Which made her often feel like an outsider and those feelings didn’t change as an adult. For with her on the path to be married to Moritz, and being a chemist, she is an outlier amongst her sister and mother. But, she eventually comes to the point of being happy they are family but not the same.

Additional Information About Lara

  • Takes a sedative for her nerves

Olaf (Hans-Uwe Bauer)

Olaf (Hans-Uwe) in conversation.
Olaf (Hans-Uwe)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

Sonja’s father, Eva’s former husband, who long pretended he had a piece of shrapnel in him to avoid doing any form of work.

Additional Information About Olaf

  • He blames Sonja for the death of her little brother when she was 3.

Moritz (Dennis Herrman)

Moritz (Dennis Herrman) talking to his fiancee.
Moritz (Dennis Herrman)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere]

Lara’s fiancée, who is well to do and finds her family immensely entertaining.

Additional Information About Moritz

Walter (Thilo Prothmann)

Walter (Thilo Prothmann) talking to Ljubica and her family.
Walter (Thilo Prothmann)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Sonja’s Secret”

A man who has a crush on Ljubica, but with her not returning said feelings, he never becomes more than a man who delivers meat to Eva’s household.

Additional Information About Walter

Anton (Golo Euler and Ludwig Senger)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Sonja’s Secret”

Vivi’s teenaged boyfriend who becomes a cop in adulthood and rekindles things with her.

Additional Information About Anton

Jenny (Josefine Voss)

Jenny (Josefine Voss) and Anton arriving to Vivi's home.
Jenny (Josefine Voss) and Anton

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Sonja’s Secret”

Anton’s girlfriend who used to torment Vivi in High School.

Additional Information About Jenny

Hans (Maik Solach)

Hans (Mail Solach) as he learns Peter isn't Vivi's father but him.
Hans (Mail Solach)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 3 “Eva’s Secret” [Series Finale]

The local doctor who is called on as Eva takes a turn for the worse.

Additional Information About Hans

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Holiday Secrets (Zeit der Geheimnisse): Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome Home” [Series Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

As things begin, we’re introduced to a predominately female family who, tied together by Sonja, may not be dysfunctional but certainly not tight-knit.

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