Carla Juri was born in Locarno, Switzerland in 1985. From 2005 to 2007, she studied acting in Los Angeles and subsequently joined the city's Theatrical Arts Theatre Company. In 2008, she moved to London, where she studied at the Actors Centre until 2010. During her acting school years, she already appeared in several film and TV productions. She received the Swiss Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a lively woman who gets involved in a tragic accident in "180°" (CH, 2010). She went on to play a young wealthy woman who falls in love with a disfigured boy from a poor family in Xavier Koller's "Eine wen iig, dr Dällebach Kari" (CH, 2011). Her performance garnered her the 2012 Swiss Film Award for Best Actress. The following year, she was honoured as one of the European "Shooting Stars" at the IFF Berlin.
Drawing much attention by the media, Carla Juri was cast as the female lead for "Feuchtgebiete" ("Wetlands"), the screen adaptation of the eponymous best-selling novel. In the film, she portrays a young woman who has an unconventional attitude towards body hygiene and sex, and who desperately wants to reunite her divorced parents. Her performance in this role garnered her the Actor's Award at the Locarno IFF and a nomination for the German Film Award.
Shortly afterwards, Juri played a student who becomes the target of a cruel prank at the Auschwitz memorial in the acclaimed drama "Finsterworld" (2013). She next was one of the leads in Bettina Oberli's tragicomedy "Lovely Louise" (CH/DE 2013), and had a starring role in the British thriller "Fossil" (2014).
Carla Juri played the muse of famous sculptor Constantin Brancusi in Peter Greenaway's "Walking to Paris" (IT/CH/FR) and German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker in Christian Schwochow's biopic "Paula", which opened in cinemas December 2016.