Corinna Harfouch

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Corinna Harfouch on the red carpet of the Berlinale (February 2017)

Corinna Harfouch (* 16th October 1954 as Corinna Meffert in Suhl , GDR ) is a German actress and character actress. She has received numerous awards for her theater and film work.



Corinna Harfouch, daughter of Marianne Meffert, b. Kleber, and Wolfgang Meffert, a teacher, attended the school in Großenhain from 1961 to 1973 . She acquired her first acting skills at the pioneer theater " Natalia Saz ". At the extended high school she graduated from high school. After training as a health and nurse , she began studying textile engineering at the Technical University of Dresden in 1976 .

Harfouch studied acting at the State Drama School in Berlin from 1978 to 1981 and was a master class student with Vera Oelschlegel in the Theater im Palast (TiP). One of her greatest theater successes during the GDR era was Lady Macbeth , directed by Heiner Müller at the Volksbühne Berlin .

After minor film jobs, she took on the title role in The Actress in 1988 . In it she played a woman who disguised herself as a Jew during the Nazi era so as not to lose her lover. She also attracted attention in meetings in Travers as the wife of a revolutionary .

After the turn

After the fall of the Wall she was initially at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, but switched to the Volksbühne, where she became one of the most important protagonists of the artistic director Frank Castorf . Her interpretation of General Harras in Des Teufels General by Carl Zuckmayer was sensational . For this role, she was voted actress of the year by German critics in 1997.

At the Berlin Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz she played the title role in Phaidras Liebe by Sarah Kane , directed by Christina Paulhofer. Since November 2004 she has also played the role of Martha in Edward Albee's Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Together with Ulrich Matthes at the Deutsches Theater (DT) Berlin . directed by Jürgen Gosch . She became known to the German television audience through her impersonation of the title character of the documentary film Vera Brühne (2001), who was convicted of murder in the 1960s . In Bernd Eichinger's movie Der Untergang (2004) she took on the role of Magda Goebbels , who poisoned her own children. From 2022 on, she will be part of the permanent cast of the Berlin Tatort as the successor to Meret Becker .

Corinna Harfouch was one of the founding members of the German Film Academy in 2003 .


Her first husband was the Syrian computer scientist Nabil Harfouch. She has a daughter with him. She had a son with the musician Stefan Maaß. From 1985 to 2007 she was married to fellow actor Michael Gwisdek . They have two sons together, the actor Robert Gwisdek and the composer Johannes Gwisdek . In the meantime Harfouch was in a relationship with Bernd Eichinger , today she lives with the actor Wolfgang Krause Zwieback .

Theater works (selection)


Audio books

Radio plays


Star from Harfouch on the Boulevard der Stars in Berlin


Web links

Commons : Corinna Harfouch  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Actress Corinna Harfouch - "I feel safe on stage". Deutschlandfunk Kultur, December 5, 2018, accessed on November 6, 2019 .
  2. ^ Corinna Harfouch is the new "Tatort" commissioner in Berlin. Retrieved March 29, 2020 .
  3. ^ Munzinger people
  4. Corinna Harfouch's new friend explains her new luck exclusively in the BZ . In: BZ , December 16, 2004.
  5. Pretty brittle: The actress Corinna Harfouch . In: Brigitte Woman , June 21, 2012.
  6. I am not the father of our son . In: Bild , February 4, 2011.
  7. Michael Kötz: Laudation for Corinna Harfouch , 11th Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen am Rhein 2015, July 1, 2015
  8. ^ Helmut Bez / Rainer Simon: Wengler & Sons. Eine Legende, film script based on a scenario by Helmut Bez, Berlin 1988, p. 164.
  9. Black mirrors. BR radio play Pool
  10. Farin, No. 989, Aichach - Vera Brühne recordings . BR radio play Pool