Karin Buchholz

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Karin Buchholz (born August 18, 1945 in Berlin ) is a former German child actress , dancer , voice actress and actress . She lives in Berlin. She is best known as the German party voice of Sigourney Weaver , Jessica Lange and Helen Mirren since Inkheart (2008).


Buchholz was already on stage at the children's ballet of the Friedrichstadtpalast at the age of 7 . She deepened her dancing skills with the famous ballet master Tatjana Gsovsky . Later she decided to become an actor and trained with Tamara Stiebner and the private acting teacher Else Bongers in Berlin. Theater engagements followed, e.g. B. at the Theater am Kurfürstendamm , in Frankfurt a. Main at the Hebbel-Theater, in Cologne at the Theater am Dom and in Kassel at the Schauspielhaus. She also went on many theater tours. At the end of the 1960s she mainly played in television productions.

Dubbing was added in the 1970s. From 1995 she regularly dubbed Sigourney Weaver . In the meantime she is mainly employed as a spokesperson in areas. She can be heard on TV, radio and advertising, she also speaks documentaries, presentations, PC games and radio plays.

Karin Buchholz is married to the dialogue director Michael Richter and lives in Berlin.

Synchronized work


In addition to her filming as an actress, Buchholz began to work as a voice actress in the early 1970s. In 1971 she was heard as Jennifer Cavalleri in the bestselling film adaptation of Love Story in German cinemas. She also lent her voice to well-known American colleagues such as Farrah Fawcett in Escape to the 23rd Century (1977), which she dubbed again in 1987 in the television drama The Separation and in 1995 in the Walt Disney comedy (K) wanted a father . She appeared as Jessie Huston for Sharon Stone in the adventure series Quatermain (1985) and Quatermain 2 (1987). In 1990 she spoke Jamie Lee Curtis in the thriller Blue Steel as Megan Turner, but it was only since 2003 that Buchholz was used again in the Disney comedy Freaky Friday , then in Crazy Christmas in 2004 and in Beverly Hills Chihuahua in 2008 . Since the period film Troy (2004) she has been booked for Julie Christie on a recurring basis, including in the episode film New York, I Love You in 2009 and in the fantasy thriller Red Riding Hood in 2011 . Tilda Swinton dubbed Buchholz for the first time in 2008 in Michael Clayton , who received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as a lawyer for an unscrupulous chemical company . In 2010 she voiced Sophia Loren in the romantic musical Nine , Fiona Shaw in the award-winning drama The Tree of Life (2011) and Penelope Wilton in the British comedy Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and in Part 2 (2015). She was last heard in the musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) as voice actress for Celia Imrie in the role of Vice Chancellor.

Associated actresses

There are also some actresses who are known with Buchholz's voice in Germany, for example Jessica Lange has been continuously dubbed by her since Martin Scorsese's thriller Kap der Angst (1991), and Sigourney Weaver has also known Copykill to German audiences since 1995 . Up until 1994, the spokesperson Hallgard Bruckhaus was the voice of Sigourney Weaver, in 1988 Karin Buchholz just barely lost a casting for the film "Gorillas im Nebel" to Hallgard Bruckhaus. In 1994 Hallgard Bruckhaus withdrew from the synchronous business for private reasons. The producers of "Copycat" (Eng. Title "Copykill") remembered Karin Buchholz in 1995 - and cast her for the role of psychologist Helen Hudson. Three years later, Karin Buchholz spoke her for the first time in the iconic role of Ellen Ripley in Alien 4 - The Rebirth. Since the drama The Hours (2002) she has been used almost exclusively for Allison Janney and since she spoke Aunt Elinor in Inkheart in 2008 , she has been the standard German voice for Helen Mirren .


As the first leading role in the series, she spoke the journalist Billie Newman in Lou Grant , which was shown on ZDF from 1979 to 1982. When VOX broadcast the remaining seasons from 1993 to 1995, the station was able to win them over again for the synchronization. In 1985 she was heard on ARD as private detective Laura Holt, played by Stephanie Zimbalist , in the early evening series Remington Steele for six years .

With the appearance of private broadcasters on the market at the end of the 1980s, the demand for experienced voice actors increased. When Sat.1 decided in 1987 to continue broadcasting the popular US series Verliebt in eine Hexe after almost ten years, the episodes that had not yet been broadcast were re-dubbed in two blocks (1987 and 1990) and Buchholz was used as the new Samantha Stephens was played by Elizabeth Montgomery in 1969–1972. RTL plus won her for Sledge Hammer's partner on patrol, played by Anne-Marie Martin in the series of the same name, which was broadcast from 1988 to 1989. At the same time she worked on the German version of the Matlock lawyer series as a junior partner to Michelle Thomas on behalf of ZDF . The Kirch Group later bought the corresponding broadcasting rights and broadcast the series from 1992 on ProSieben and later on Kabel1 with the same German dubbing team.

It was not until many years later that she reassigned herself to lead series. Between 2007 and 2010 she voiced Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli in the RTL II mystery series Heroes . From 2008 to 2011 she was the President's press secretary, played by Allison Janney , in the series The West Wing on the Fox Channel pay-TV . In the series Huff - Reif für die Couch , broadcast on ZDFneo , in 2010 she spoke to the impertinent and egocentric mother of the psychotherapist of the same name. In the award-winning British series Downton Abbey (2011-2016) she dubbed Phyllis Logan as the head maid of Mrs. Hughes. She can also be heard in cartoons , for example in 2008 as the female elephant Mirabelle in the KI.KA series Mama Mirabelle's Tierkino , she told informative animal stories and from 2010 to 2018 she set Archer 's bossy mother Malory to music in the eponymous series, which on Comedy Central .

Dialogue script and direction

She gained her first experience as a dialogue director with the animation productions Barbie in The Nutcracker (2001) and the children's series Strawberry Shortcake (2004–2007). From 2002 she was responsible for the dubbing of European productions, so she was in charge of the voice recordings for French films such as Street of Secret Pleasures (2002), Who killed Bambi? - Who's afraid of the white man? (2003), Nachtliche Irrfahrt (2004) and the Finnish film Lust auf Sex (2004) based on their self-written dialogue books . She was also the dubbing director of Eiskalte Menace (2004) by Swedish director Kjell Sundvall and the biographical film adaptation of children's book author Miss Potter (2006), where she also dubbed the role of the mother.

Radio plays

For the Westdeutscher Rundfunk she took part in renowned productions such as 1986 Paris is around the corner directed by Ulli Herzog , an Böhmen am Meer in 1988 directed by Klaus Mehrländer and in 2000 in piano lessons under the direction of Burkhard Ax.

Buchholz took part in radio play productions of films such as Little Panda (1996) and Die drei ??? - The Secret of the Ghost Island (2007). From 2008 she began to work increasingly in this profession. She was able to win the producer and director Volker Sassenberg for appearances in his radio play series Abseits der Wegen (episode 4) and Gabriel Burns (episode 29 and 30), as well as in 2009 and 2012 for Point Whitmark (episode 26, 35-36). In 2014 she appeared as Madame Tanith in the radio play series Ghostbusters John Sinclair . In 2016, a radio play adaptation of the novel Alien - In den Schatten was published in addition to the Alien film series , in which she spoke as in the films Ellen Ripley.


  • 1968: The fifth column (TV series, episode 22 Sonnenblumenweg 7 )
  • 1969: The Suitors (TV movie)
  • 1969: Hot hunt for wild pigeons
  • 1969: The fourth place (TV movie)
  • 1970: The Dear Children (TV movie)
  • 1970: breathless with love
  • 1970: The crime story (TV series, 12 episodes)
  • 1971: Time to think about it (TV movie)
  • 1972: Everyone Is Talking About Love (TV Movie)
  • 1972: Kleinstadtbahnhof (TV series)
  • 1973: News from the Kleinstadtbahnhof (TV series)
  • 1975: Notated in the factory (TV series)
  • 1975: Berlin - 0:00 to 24:00 (TV series, episode living with the elderly )
  • 1977: Mr. Carlis and His Adventurous Stories (TV series)
  • 1981: Landluft (TV film) - Director: Claus Peter Witt
  • 1987: Mrs. Harris goes to Moscow (TV movie) - Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb
  • 2003: Our Charly (TV series, episode 8x05 Under Suspicion )


In 2009 Buchholz was awarded the audience prize “Die Silhouette” for her outstanding dubbing as spokeswoman for Allison Janney in the series The West Wing - In the Center of Power .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Blog post by the media godparents about Karin Buchholz. Retrieved September 25, 2017 .
  2. epguides.de: episode guide of In love with a witch ( memento of the original from September 20, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed May 20, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.epguides.de
  3. kika.de: Mama Mirabelle's Tierkino ( Memento of the original from February 11, 2014 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. , accessed September 28, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.kika.de
  4. weitwurf.de: Radio Hearing Play Piano Lessons , accessed on May 23, 2011.
  5. hoerspielland.de: Radio plays with Karin Buchholz , accessed on May 21, 2011.
  6. Audible search results for Karin Buchholz , accessed on November 13, 2016.
  7. die-silhouette.de: The winners of the Silhouette 2009 , accessed on May 23, 2011th

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