Martina Zinner was born in 1972 in Graz, Austria. She completed her studies in her hometown, and went to Leipzig for a year before earning her degree in acting in 1994. She also studied classical voice at the Music University Graz. Since 1993, Martina Zinner has been a member of the independent ensemble Theater im Bahnhof in Graz. Following a brief appearance in the TV film version of Arthur Schnitzler's Spiel im Morgengrauen (by Götz Spielmann) and a mini part in Nacktschnecken.