Claudia Michelsen

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Claudia Michelsen at the Berlinale 2017
2012 at the awarding of the Hessian Film and Cinema Prize

Claudia Michelsen (born February 4, 1969 in Dresden ) is a German film and theater actress .


Claudia Michelsen is the daughter of a dentist and the composer Udo Zimmermann , whom she only met when she was 15 years old. Her mother's future husband adopted her and gave her his name. She was interested in the performing arts, but also in life outside the GDR. She had considered becoming a radio officer in the merchant fleet, but decided, together with her friend Christine Hoppe , to train at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin . During her student days she made her debut in Rainer Simon's play The Ascension of Chimborazo (1989). After completing her training, she received an engagement at the Berliner Volksbühne . She starred in the 1991 Godard film Deutschland Neu (n) Null . In 1995, she was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize for her role in the television game That Never Creates the Best Young Actress .

In 2000 she played the leading role alongside Boris Aljinovic and Jürgen Tarrach in the movie Three Chinese with the Double Bass . In 2002 she played the leading female role in the award-winning psychological thriller The Lawyer and His Guest alongside Heino Ferch and Götz George . In 2005, she played the foreign policy advisor to the Federal Chancellor in the television series Chancellery .

In 2008 she appeared alongside Devid Striesow in the role of the Stasi prisoner Bettina in the Grimme Prize- nominated drama 12 entitled: I love you . From 2009 to 2012 she played the main female role of Commissioner Ann Gittel in the Friday crime thriller Flemming broadcast by ZDF at the side of her colleague Samuel Finzi .

Since 2013 Michelsen has been investigating Doreen Brasch as chief detective in the ARD television series Polizeiruf 110 in Magdeburg . Sylvester Groth was her partner in the first five films . The first episode ran on October 13, 2013. Michelsen was in front of the camera for the SRF thriller drama Strength 6 alongside Pasquale Aleardi in the same year . The film refers to the history of the sinking of munitions in Swiss lakes after the Second World War. Michelsen plays a geologist whose friend dies during a dive from the pressure wave of a hand grenade underwater.

The actress has been a member of the jury of the Michael Althen Prize for Criticism since it was founded in 2012.

Claudia Michelsen married the German director Josef Rusnak and moved to live with him in Los Angeles in 1995 , where their daughter, the German-American actress Lisa Rusnak, was born in 1998. After their divorce in the summer of 2001, Michelsen returned to Germany. From 2002 to 2013 she lived with the Swiss actor Anatole Taubman , the father of her second daughter, Tara Taubman (* 2004). Michelsen lives in Berlin.

Filmography (selection)

Synchron / language role

  • 2014: The little dragon coconut (Direction: Hubert Weiland, Nina Wels)
  • 2019: Claudia Michelsen reads: Karl Barth, Die Menschlichkeit Gottes, ed. by Johannes Voigtländer, Theological Publishing House Zurich.

Theater (selection)

Radio plays and audio books (selection)

Awards (selection)

Interview with WDR on the occasion of the announcement of the 2013 Grimme Prize winners

Web links

Commons : Claudia Michelsen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. On the person: Claudia Michelsen , Berliner Morgenpost from September 30, 2012
  2. Claudia Michelsen in "Strength 6" alone against all
  3. FAZ: The Michael Althen Prize for Criticism 2016 ( Memento from July 13, 2016 in the Internet Archive ).
  4. Claudia Michelsen's biography at
  5. He talks about the difficult separation . In: Schweizer Illustrierte . December 23, 2013. Accessed December 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Portrait of Claudia Michelsen at