Barbara Petritsch was born in 1945 and grew up in Admont. She trained at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Engagements at the Munich Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Schauspiel Frankfurt, and at the Freie Volksbühne and Schillertheater in Berlin followed. In 1999 she joined the ensemble at the Burgtheater in Vienna. She also has guest engagements at other theatres and acts in many film and TV productions.