Heike Makatsch

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Heike Makatsch (born August 13, 1971 in Düsseldorf ) is a German actress , singer , voice actress , author , audio book speaker and television presenter . After a successful career as a presenter for youth programs, she was able to establish herself as a multi-award-winning actress.


Heike Makatsch is the daughter of a primary school teacher and the former German national ice hockey goalkeeper Rainer Makatsch . She attended the Montessori elementary school and then the Max Planck grammar school and, after graduating from high school , studied politics and sociology at the University of Düsseldorf for four semesters . This was followed by an incomplete training as a seamstress .

Her television career began in 1993 with the music broadcaster VIVA , where she hosted the shows Interaktiv and Heike Hausbesuch , among others . From August 1995 to summer 1996 she was the presenter of Bravo TV on RTL II . In 1997 the weekly Heike Makatsch Show was canceled after eight episodes in RTL II's late program due to low audience ratings .

Makatschs career as an actress began in 1996 with the film Männerpension by Detlev Buck . For her role in this film, she was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize for best young actress. For the film, she recorded a reinterpretation of Tammy Wynette's Stand by Your Man .

Heike Makatsch with actor Dan Stevens (left) and director Kai Wessel (right) from Hilde's ensemble (2009)

In 2009 she played the title role in Hilde , a film adaptation of Hildegard Knef's autobiography Der schenkte Gaul , and embodied in the two-part TV series Dr. Hope Bridges Adams Lehmann - Hope cannot die the doctor Hope Bridges Adams Lehmann . In 2012 she advertised a cosmetics company.

For the broadcast on Easter 2016, a Tatort special was created under the title Five Minutes in Heaven with Makatsch as Commissioner Ellen Berlinger in Freiburg im Breisgau . She took up this role again in Tatort: ​​Time of the Frogs ; the film was broadcast on Easter 2018.


From 1996 to 2004 Makatsch had a relationship with the British actor Daniel Craig . During the filming of Keine Lieder über Liebe , she met the musician Max Schröder (from the band Tomte , among others ) in 2004 , with whom she has two daughters. At the end of 2014, Makatsch explained in an interview with NIDO magazine that the relationship had long ended, but the children would continue to be brought up together. She was pregnant while filming the crime scene episode Five Minutes in Heaven , and Makatsch's third daughter was born in 2015. She is in a relationship with the actor Trystan Pütter .

social commitment

In 2006 Heike Makatsch went on a trip to Ghana with the development aid organization Oxfam and has been Oxfam ambassador ever since. She was a member of the Amnesty International jury at the Berlinale 2008 and said: “A film that opens my eyes to injustice, in both a political and a private sense, is relevant to me. I wish for such film experiences much more often. Then no one can say anymore that they didn't know anything about any of this. "

Heike Makatsch also supports the Tax Against Poverty campaign , which advocates the introduction of a financial transaction tax . On this subject, she played the leading role in the short film Steuer gegen Armut together with Jan Josef Liefers . A good idea?

Filmography (selection)


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Stand By Your Man
  DE 11 03/11/1996 (16 weeks)
  AT 30th 05/12/1996 (2 weeks)
  CH 29 05/19/1996 (6 weeks)
This Girl Was Made For Loving (with Dirk )
  DE 63 08/25/1997 (5 weeks)


  • 1997: Obsession (music for the film Obsession )
  • 2005: Almost Heaven (to the film Almost Heaven )
  • 2009: Hilde (music for the film Hilde )
  • 2009: The most beautiful children's songs (with Max Schröder on the instruments)


  • 1996: Stand By Your Man (from the film Männerpension )
  • 1997: This Girl Was Made for Loving (with Dirk Felsenheimer , for the film Obsession )
  • 1999: Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover (from the movie The Heads of My Loved Ones )
  • 2015: What did you do today (with derhundmarie , published on Various Artists - Gute Nacht Sterne )

Audiobooks (selection)

read by Heike Makatsch:


  • Heike Makatsch: No songs about love - Ellen's diary. Kiepenheuer & Witsch (KiWi), Cologne 2005, ISBN 3-462-03602-5 .


  • 1993: VIVA (programs: interactive, Heike's home visit)
  • 1995: Bravo TV
  • 1997: Heike Makatsch Show


Nominations (selection)

  • 2006: Emmy for portraying Margarete Steiff

Web links

Commons : Heike Makatsch  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Heike Makatsch for L'Oréal Paris. In: vogue.de. May 2, 2012, accessed July 9, 2017 .
  2. Heike Makatsch becomes "Tatort" commissioner. Die Welt , August 20, 2015, accessed on September 10, 2015 .
  3. Heike Makatsch is a mother. ( Memento of the original from February 25, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. AFP notification dated February 5, 2007.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.zeit.de
  4. "Heike Makatsch does not believe in love without a doubt" , focus.de, November 21, 2014, accessed on April 5, 2016
  5. RP Online : "Tatort: ​​Five minutes in heaven" - Heike Makatsch is pregnant in Freiburg , Freiburg, Leslie Brook, March 28, 2016
  6. Here Heike Makatsch shows her boyfriend . In: stern.de . February 17, 2017 ( stern.de [accessed March 6, 2017]).
  7. ^ Oxfam 2006: Heike Makatsch in Ghana.
  8. Amnesty 2008: Heike Makatsch at the Berlinale.
  9. Video for Financial Transaction Tax on YouTube
  10. Chart sources: DE AT CH
  11. a b Our stars: Heike Makatsch on Gute Nacht Sterne - Official website from February 16, 2015