Christoph Maria Herbst

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Christoph Maria Herbst (2014)

Christoph Maria Herbst (born February 9, 1966 in Wuppertal ) is a German actor as well as audio book and voice actor . For his portrayal of Stromberg in the comedy television series of the same name , he received the Grimme Prize in 2006 and the German Comedy Prize for “best actor” three times in a row .


Youth and education

Christoph Maria Herbst (2011)

Herbst is the youngest child in a Catholic family. His father was a civil servant, his mother a housewife. His older sisters Stefanie and Isabell also have the middle name Maria . Even at school he participated in cabaret projects and a theater group. He graduated from school (nine years of which in a class with Holger Wienpahl ) with the Abitur at the Wilhelm-Dörpfeld-Gymnasium in Wuppertal- Elberfeld . In his parish he was a lecturer and chief administrator .

He then trained as a banker at Deutsche Bank from 1985 to 1987 . He completed his vocational training as the best in his year in the IHK district of Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid .


Herbst was already active in the independent theater scene in Wuppertal during his bank training . There he was involved in the founding of the private theater in Cronenberg in 1986 with an attached drama school and appeared in Neil Simons Barefoot in the Park and William Shakespeare's Macbeth , among others .

In 1989, after many unsuccessful applications to drama schools, he received an engagement at the Landestheater Dinslaken . Between 1992 and 1996, engagements followed in various productions at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven , including as a groom in blood wedding or as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet . From 2002 to 2003 Herbst could be seen at the Metropol-Theater in Munich in the theater adaptation of the Woody Allen comedy Broadway Danny Rose .

Since 2005, he has appeared in the comedy Männerhort at the Berlin Theater am Kurfürstendamm in front of a sold-out theater alongside Bastian Pastewka , Michael Kessler and Jürgen Tonkel . The successful ensemble made a nationwide tour in 2008, including the Winterhuder Fährhaus in Hamburg and the Ruhrfestspielhaus in Recklinghausen .

As part of the Nibelungen Festival 2009 in Worms , Herbst was on stage as Hagen in The Life of Siegfried .

watch TV

Christoph Maria Herbst (2011)

In 1997 Christoph Maria Herbst first appeared on television in Sketchup - The Next Generation . From 2001 to 2003 he worked as a supporting actor in the Sat.1 comedy series Ladykracher and was awarded the German Comedy Prize 2002 for this.

In 2004, the first eight-episode season of the mockumentary comedy series Stromberg started on ProSieben with Christoph Maria Herbst as head of department Bernd Stromberg. After some initial difficulties, a second season followed in 2005 with ten episodes and a third season in 2007 with eight episodes. For his portrayal of the so-called “Ekelchefs”, which was praised by the trade press, Herbst was honored with several prizes, including the Adolf Grimme Prize 2006 and the German Comedy Prize 2005, 2006 and 2007. Originally the fourth season, shot in May 2009, was supposed to be the last. In this context, Herbst said he was not interested in clinging to a single role and milking the Stromberg brand out. On July 22, 2010, however, it was announced that in addition to a film, a fifth season was being planned. This started on November 8, 2011.

In 2007, Sat.1 broadcast with help! Wedding! - The worst week of my life from another comedy series with Herbst as the main actor, for which he was also awarded the German Comedy Prize for “Best Actor”. In March 2010, Christoph Maria Herbst was the spokesman for the philosophical program Philosophisches Kopfkino on 3sat and in November 2010 he was in the ProSieben crime thriller Kreutzer in the lead role of investigator Kreutzer, who, according to his own admission, “every case in a locked room in four Hours 37 minutes and 48 seconds solves ”.

Since 2016, with twelve appearances, he has been the most frequent celebrity guest on the quiz show Who knows something? in the first . Together with Annette Frier , Christoph Maria Herbst has played the leading role in the comedy television series Merz gegen Merz on ZDF since April 2019 .


His cinema career started in the fall of 1998 in The Really Last Bachelor . The short films Morgen (2001) and Lassie (2002) followed. In contrast to his predominantly comedic characters, the fall of 2003 took on the role of a man pressured by a serious act, the main actor Martin in the short film thriller Im Dunkeln produced by Johannes Grebert . In the course of the same year he stood in front of the camera in other comedy productions, including in From the Depth of Space , in Michael Herbig's (T) Raumschiff Surprise - period 1 and in the Edgar-Wallace - parody Der WiXXer . At the side of Oliver Kalkofe , Thomas Fritsch and Oliver Welke as well as other well-known comedians, he embodies the butler Alfons Hatler, whose appearance and linguistic expression is based on Adolf Hitler .

This was followed in 2004 by Der Fischer and his wife , Erkan & Stefan in The Death Comes Krass , the short film Lorenz laughs and the comedy Vom sucht undfind der Liebe , in which Herbst acted alongside Moritz Bleibtreu , Alexandra Maria Lara and Anke Engelke . In 2006 he was in German cinemas as a supporting actor in Til Schweiger's comedy Wo ist Fred? and to see King Julius the 111th as the main actor in Sebastian Niemann's film adaptation Hui Buh - Das Schlossgespenst .

In the first quarter of 2007, three more cinema productions appeared, in each of which Herbst presented himself in larger roles: the black comedy Die Aufschneider , the children's and youth film Hands Off Mississippi and the continuation of the Wallace parody Neues vom WiXXer , in the autumn again the Role of the meanwhile risen to the head of a psychiatric clinic Dr. Alfons Hatler took over. In 2008, the two-part TV series Two Santa Clauses with Bastian Pastewka followed , a remake of the film Ein Ticket für Zwei . Herbst and Pastewka were nominated for the 2009 Golden Camera for this production in the “Best Entertainment” category.

In 2015 he starred in the movie Die Kleine und die Böse , in which he embodies the likable probation officer Benno, who fights against his anti-social-comic client Hotte ( Peter Kurth ) for responsibility for fourteen-year-old Jenny ( Emma Bading ).

In 2016, Herbst played the partner of hotel manager Annette Kramer, played by Annette Frier, in the ARD television film Hotel Heidelberg - Day by Day in the role of Ingolf Muthesius.

In the late summer of 2017 he shot under the director Sönke Wortmann in the role of Stephan, alongside Iris Berben , Caroline Peters , Florian David Fitz and others. a. for the remake of the French comedy The First Name of Alexandre de La Patellière .

Audio book and radio play

Christoph Maria Herbst (2007)

In addition to his work as a theater, film and television actor, Christoph Maria Herbst works as a dubbing and audio book speaker. Together with Charlotte Roche , he toured Germany in 2005 with a reading from a doctoral thesis published in 1978 on the subject of penis injuries during masturbation with vacuum cleaners . Herbst also attracted attention with the audio book interpretations of the novels Vollidiot (2004), Resturlaub (2006) and Millionär (2007) written by Tommy Jaud ; Reading tours with excerpts from the first and the latter work last took place in autumn 2009 to various venues throughout Germany.

In 2008, Herbst also read the debut novel Not My Day by Stromberg producer and author Ralf Husmann , followed in 2009 by chess novels by Stefan Zweig and Kangs a Guruh: Poetry meets Comedy by Horst Evers . 2010 he set the Mafia thriller Quick and the Dead by Josh Bazell, together with Anneke Kim Sarnau , he also starred in Suddenly Shakespeare by David Safier with. In addition, autumn has been used since 2008 in the new episodes of the radio play series Hui Buh as the speaker for King Julius , whom he embodied in the aforementioned movie.

In 2012, he gave the book He's back from Timur Vermes his voice for the audio book.


In the area of dubbing , Herbst, like most of his prominent colleagues, is primarily cast in roles in animated films , including as Doktor Zwengelmann in Urmel aus dem Eis (2006), as Eddie in Urmel in full swing (2008), as Horton in Horton hears a who! (2008), as Franz von Hahn in Mullewapp - The Great Cinema Adventure of Friends (2009) and as Charles, the Gallic Rooster, in Conference of the Animals (2010).

In the German version of the Simpsons episode Frauentausch (17th season), Herbst can be heard as the voice actor for the character Charles. The peculiarity of this constellation: Charles was spoken in the original version by the British comedian Ricky Gervais , who in turn is known from the Stromberg original The Office (UK).

Herbst dubbed the leading actor Dany Boon in the role of the postman Antoine Bailleul in the French film Welcome to the Sch'tis .

In 2017 he is the German dubbing voice for the high five in Emoji - The Film .


At the end of 2010, Herbst's first book A Dream of a Ship was published. The satirical novel is about a trip on a cruise ship and was inspired by Herbst's experiences while filming a dream ship television film. Due to a judicial injunction , the first edition was withdrawn from trading; the publisher then announced a second edition with blackened text pages. The publisher appealed the injunction. Shortly before the date for the pronouncement of the verdict, the plaintiff withdrew her application for an injunction in the appeal proceedings - the publisher is allowed to sell the uncensored version of A Dream of a Ship again.


Herbst lives with his partner Gisi, with whom he is not married. Between 2006 and 2009 he was in a relationship with Marie Zielcke at times .

According to his own account, Herbst lived as a vegetarian for several years , but occasionally ate meat during filming due to difficult supply situations. In an interview in March 2013, he said that he was vegan . In November 2018, Herbst announced that it would no longer be vegan and would be vegetarian again from now on. Since 2011 he has been the patron of the Balthasar children's and youth hospice in Olpe , in whose advertising clip he participated.


As an actor

As a voice actor

Audio books




year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2014 Let dad do that.
Stromberg - The radio play about the film
DE40 (3 weeks)
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First published: February 14, 2014


Web links

Commons : Christoph Maria Herbst  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Lambsdorff Agency
  2. a b "I am currently subscribed to the asshole roles" . Autumn interview by Christian Aust, , February 18, 2007.
  3. ^ Biography of Herbst ( Memento from March 30, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) on .
  4. Holger Wienpahl: By profession a philanthropist ( memento from July 19, 2008 in the web archive ). Sabrina Hoffmann (teleschau - der mediendienst), Yahoo Lifestyle, May 2008.
  5. Many celebrities were altar servers. dpa / FAZ, September 24, 2014, accessed on October 2, 2014
  6. ↑ Understanding women instead of villains: Christoph Maria Herbst ( Memento from April 12, 2013 in the web archive ). Summary of the radio show People with Katja Heijnen from August 2, 2009, SWR1 Rhineland-Palatinate.
  7. Page no longer available , search in web archives: press release ( Microsoft Word ) of the Comedy Berlin@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  8. Protest and have fun: the successful staging of the “Männerhort” . In: Berliner Zeitung , October 9, 2006.
  9. Stromberg ends after the fourth season of the DWDL on December 14, 2007.
  10. ^ Stromberg: The film ., accessed on July 19, 2017 .
  11. Interview by DWDL with Thilo Proff from July 22, 2010.
  12. Stromberg - fifth season ( memento from September 13, 2012 in the web archive ) in TV Digital , November 8, 2011.
  13. Kreutzer comes ( memento from September 11, 2012 in the web archive ) on
  14. a b Jörg Thomann: "I've never been as thin as straight" . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung 49/2010, December 12, 2010, p. 59.
  15. Is it over? - EV against “A Dream of a Ship”, February 4, 2011.
  16. To buy the book uncensored again ., March 8, 2012.
  17. In the show Tietjen talkt on October 21, 2018 ( minute 26:05 ), Christoph Maria Herbst denied that he was married.
  18. Christoph Maria Herbst , Internationales Biographisches Archiv 17/2013 from April 23, 2013 (wk), supplemented by news from MA-Journal up to week 07/2014, in the Munzinger archive , accessed on February 18, 2014 ( beginning of article freely available)
  19. Autumn and Zielcke: love comeback failed ( memento from November 24, 2016 in the web archive ). News on RTL exclusiv , January 17th, 2010.
  20. Your warmed-up love is cold again . Nicola Pohl, , January 17, 2010.
  21. I have more strength ( Memento from September 21, 2013 in the Internet Archive ). Interview with Herbst at
  22. Christoph Maria Herbst lives vegan . Message from the dpa . In: Abendzeitung , March 5, 2013.
  23. Interview with Christoph Maria Herbst in the Teleclub . Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  24. That's why he is no longer vegan. November 1, 2018, accessed July 1, 2019 .
  25. Christoph Maria Herbst, Balthasar Children's and Youth Hospice , accessed on July 19, 2017.
  26. Children's hospice Balthasar advertises with Stromberg actor Christoph Maria Herbst . Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  27. Query of the Gold Platinum database , as of December 10, 2015
  28. Christoph Maria Herbst receives the Münchhausen Prize