Eva Mattes

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Eva Mattes on the red carpet for the Studio Hamburg Young Talent Award 2012

Eva Mattes (born December 14, 1954 in Tegernsee ) is a German - Austrian actress . She has been known since the 1970s as one of the most important actresses in New German Cinema and as a stage actress on the major German-speaking stages. On television, she played Tatort commissioner Klara Blum from 2002 to 2016 . Eva Mattes is also a speaker in many radio plays and audio books as well as a voice actor and has appeared as a chanson singer since 2006.


Eva Mattes is the daughter of the actress Margit Symo and the film composer Willy Mattes and was already active in the film and theater business as a student. At first she was announced as "Evi Mattes". She worked as a voice actress for children's series. So she lent the voice of the main character Timmy in Lassie and spoke the role of Pippi Longstocking in the television series of the same name . She also sang the well-known theme song Hey, Pippi Longstocking in the German version.

Mattes says he has never attended drama school and has no school education. With Michael Verhoeven she shot ok , the scandal film of the Berlinale 1970 . This anti-Vietnam war film ensured that the Berlinale ended without a prize winner after the jury resigned. After gaining experience in film, Mattes was engaged at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg in 1972 , where she celebrated a sensational premiere with the play Stallerhof .

She played plays by Shakespeare and Ibsen in Hamburg and made films such as Stroszek , The bitter tears of Petra von Kant and the literary film adaptation of Woyzeck based on Georg Büchner . Its directors were Peter Zadek , Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog . Particularly noteworthy is her performance as Lene in Helma Sanders-Brahms ' film Germany, pale mother from 1980. In Werner - Beinhart! she said to Mrs. Hansen .

In 1994/1995 she was on the board of directors of the Berliner Ensemble for ten months .

For Südwestrundfunk she took on the role of Commissioner Klara Blum in the Konstanzer Tatort between 2002 and 2016 and shot two to three episodes a year.

She has a daughter together with the director Werner Herzog, Hanna Mattes (* 1980), with whom she played a mother-daughter team in the 1992 film Das Sommeralbum . Her son Josef Mattes , born in 1989, is also an actor. She was seen together with him in 2003 in the Tatort episode Der Schächter . She lives with the father of her son, the Austrian artist Wolfgang Georgsdorf , in Berlin. In 2011 she published her memories in book form under the title We Can't All Be Like Berta .



Sound carrier

Radio plays


  • “We can't all be like Berta”. Memories. Ullstein, Berlin 2011. (Paperback, ibid. 2013, ISBN 978-3-548-37468-0 )
“We can't all be like Berta”. Memories . Audio book. Audiobook Hamburg, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-89903-689-3 , 6 CDs (468 min. - abridged reading), read by the author.

Web links

Commons : Eva Mattes  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Eva Mattes on February 11, 2014 in the 3sat broadcast Berlinale-Studio (3/6) in an interview with Max Moor
  2. ^ Hans Michael Bock: Lexicon Film Actors International. Henschel Verlag, Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-89487-199-7 , p. 561.
  3. ^ Eva Mattes in the HR2 broadcast Doppel-Kopf on February 22, 2012.
  4. ^ Eva Mattes remains director at the Berliner Ensemble. In: Berliner Zeitung , March 16, 1995; “It was also Zadek who brought Mattes to the board of directors of the Berliner Ensemble in 1994 - as a buffer between management and operations. However, she resigned after a year… ” Eva Mattes. Stage berserk with grip on the ground. @ br.de; "End expected" . In: Der Spiegel , June 19, 1995, accessed May 7, 2019
  5. Harper Lee: Whoever disturbs the nightingale ... argon-verlag.de
  6. Luis Sepúlveda: The slow way to happiness argon-verlag.de
  7. Understanding and Feeling (Special Edition) - Argon Audiobook. In: argon-verlag.de. Retrieved March 29, 2016 .
  8. ^ Emma (special edition) - Argon audio book. In: argon-verlag.de. Retrieved March 29, 2016 .
  9. ^ Northanger Abbey (Special Edition) - Argon Audiobook. In: argon-verlag.de. Retrieved March 29, 2016 .
  10. Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) - Argon Audiobook. In: argon-verlag.de. Retrieved March 29, 2016 .
  11. ^ Mansfield Park - Argon Audiobook. In: argon-verlag.de. Retrieved March 29, 2016 .