Katja Riemann

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Katja Riemann at the Berlinale 2010
Katja Riemann at the Berlinale 2010
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Katja Hannchen Leni Riemann (born November 1, 1963 in Kirchweyhe ) is a German actress , singer and author .


Katja Riemann was born as the daughter of an elementary school teacher couple in Kirchweyhe, Lower Saxony, where she spent the first twenty years of her life. She has two older siblings who, like their parents, have also taken up apprenticeships.

From 1990 to 1998 she lived with Peter Sattmann , whom she had met while filming the television film From Violence No Speech and with whom she made a total of nine television and cinema films. Their daughter Paula Riemann was born in August 1993 .

Riemann lives in Berlin and is in a relationship with the sculptor Raphael Alexander Beil.


Education and theater

In his early years, Riemann took ballet lessons as well as piano , flute and guitar lessons . After graduating from the Cooperative Comprehensive School (KGS) Leeste in 1983, she studied dance pedagogy for one semester in Hamburg . She then sat in on the Westphalian State Theater in Castrop-Rauxel , where she first developed an interest in acting. Finally, from 1984 to 1986, she attended the Hanover University of Music and Drama and from 1986 to 1987 the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich . Before the end of her training, she came to the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele on the recommendation of the screenwriter Reinhard Baumgart through theater director Dieter Dorn , where between 1986 and 1989 she played roles such as Lieschen in Goethe's Faust , the blind in Botho Strauss ' Visitors , the Ismene in Jean Racine's Phaedra and Galy Gay's wife in Bertolt Brecht's husband is husband took over.

From 1990 to 1992 she had an engagement at the Schillertheater Berlin , where she appeared as Amalia in Friedrich Schiller's Die Räuber (Director: Alexander Lang ), Gerhart Hauptmann's tragicomedy Die Ratten as Sidonie Knobbe and in the Schwank Weekend in Paradise by Franz Arnold and Ernst Bach worked.

At the beginning of 2007 she played the leading role in the play Sex City Relationships in the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin , directed by Amina Gusner . From November 2007 to February 2008, she played the lead role in the Tolstoy -Stück Anna Karenina , which they by Germany and Switzerland went on tour. In 2008 she played alongside Jasmin Tabatabai and Nicolette Krebitz the role of Olga in the play Drei Schwestern (based on Anton Pawlowitsch Chekhov ).

Movie and TV

During Riemann's third semester at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media , her lecturer there, Peter Meinhardt, gave her her first leading film role in the six-part television play Sommer in Lesmona (1987), based on letters from the writer Magdalene Pauli, produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk . She took on the role of 18-year-old Marga Lürmann, who fell in love with the young Englishman Percy Roesner in Lesmona - a Bremen district of Burglesum - in 1893 , but ultimately bowed to her parents' expectations during Percy's five-year stay in England by the art historian Dr. Rudi Retberg gets married. Her performance brought her the Adolf Grimme Prize with gold in 1988, alongside Peter Beauvais (director), Reinhard Baumgart (screenplay) and Herbert Grönemeyer (music) . In December 1989 she was seen in the Schimanski - Tatort Katjas Schweigen as Katja Schaaf in the title role. For her portrayal in these roles, she and Maja Maranow were awarded the Golden Camera 1989 in the Discovery of the Year category. Bernd Fischerauer cast her in the ten-part television series Regina, based on a novel of the same name by Utta Danella , on the steps of the economic miracle as 22-year-old Regina Thorbeke, who fled illegally from Dresden to the west of Munich in 1955. For her role of the traumatized rape victim Leonie Ossowski in the ZDF TV film Von Violence No Talk (1990), she was awarded the Lilli Palmer Memory Camera for Best Young Actress by the Golden Camera in 1991 . In the Hera Lind adaptation, A Man for Each Key (1993), she was seen on the big screen for the first time in the role of the aspiring singer Pauline Frohmut. In Katja von Garnier's one-hour university film Make up! (1993) for the HFF Munich , which made it to cinemas nationwide and reached a total of 1.2 million visitors, she took on the main role of cartoonist Frenzy, who is in a creative crisis, alongside Nina Kronjäger . For these first two cinema roles she received the Actress Award at the Bavarian Film Prize in 1994 . On television she played in the 157th episode Blue Dream - Death in the Rain (1993) of Polizeiruf 110, staged by Bodo Fürneisen , the waitress Rita, who wants to go to Hamburg with her friend Natalie ( Suzanne von Borsody ) to open a boutique there open. She had another film role in Sönke Wortmann's film comedy The Moving Man as Doro, the friend of the main protagonist Axel Feldheim ( Til Schweiger ). In Bandits (1997), which is about four women who found a band in prison and are able to flee unexpectedly, she took on one of the four leading female roles of Emma Moor, the ex-member, alongside Jasmin Tabatabai , Nicolette Krebitz and Jutta Hoffmann a jazz band. During filming, she learned by Curt Cress playing drums and worked with the other actors decisively on the soundtrack of the film with. From October 1997 she was in the Ingrid Noll novel adaptation Die Apothekerin in the title role of the Heidelberg pharmacist Hella Moormann on the big screen. For her acting performance there she received the Berlin Bear in 1998 . Joseph Vilsmaier cast her in his biography Comedian Harmonists (1997) as the partner and later wife Mary of the Polish-US singer Roman Cycowski . In Rainer Kaufmann's crime film Long Hello & Short Goodbye (1999) with Nicolette Krebitz in the leading role, she was seen in the role of Ida.

Katja Riemann (2007)

After the turn of the millennium , Riemann continued to be cast in various cinema and television productions. In the film adaptation Bibi Blocksberg (2002) and its sequel Bibi Blocksberg and the secret of the blue owls (2004) based on the children's radio play series of the same name , she took on the role of the mother of the young witch Bibi Blocksberg alongside Sidonie von Krosigk and Ulrich Noethen as Barbara Blocksberg . On television she was in the mistaken comedy The job of his life (2003) and its sequel The job of his life 2 - again in office (2004) as Heide Achimsen, the wife of Prime Minister Uwe Achimsen ( Wolfgang Stumph ), who has a doppelganger . She played Hitler's secret lover Eva Braun in Kai Wessel's TV film Goebbels and Geduldig (2002) and in Dani Levy's Hitler parody Mein Führer - The Truly Truth About Adolf Hitler (2007) . In Die Relatitätstheorie der Liebe (2011) she slipped into the role of lovers in five interwoven episodes alongside Olli Dittrich . Stefan Krohmer cast her in his film drama Betrayed Friends as Christa, the wife of the entrepreneur Peter Staude ( Heino Ferch ). In the crime scene The truth dies first (2013) with the investigators Saalfeld and Keppler , she took on the role of the BKA officer Linda Groner. In the television film Kleine Schiff (2013), based on a novel by Silke Schütze , she played the 45-year-old physiotherapist Franziska Funk, who, when she found out that she was pregnant, was left by her husband Andreas. In the most successful films of 2013, 2015 and 2017 Fack ju Göthe , Fack ju Göhte 2 and Fack ju Göthe 3 she played the school director Gudrun Gerster. In May 2018 she was seen in Oskar Roehler's film Herrliche Zeiten as garden architect Evi Müller-Todt. In the ARD three-part series Our wonderful years , which takes place in the time of the economic miracle and was broadcast on Das Erste in March 2020 , she was the pianist Christel Wolf.


Riemann singing at the Protestant Church Congress 2007

Katja Riemann has released several music albums. In 1997 she was on the soundtrack of the film Bandits . In 2000, she released her solo debut Nachtblende , a pop album with German lyrics that were mostly written by herself. The English-language jazz album Favorites followed in 2003 with the Katja Riemann Octet . In 2004, Ein Stück vom Himmel was published with songs by Jewish composers from the 1920s and 30s, together with Anika Mauer , Natalia Wörner , Imogen Kogge , Burghart Klaußner and Max Hopp . Then she sings the songs Sexappeal , Man Must Have a Home and Monotonous Nights .

In December 2006 she appeared with Johannes Heesters in several performances as a soloist in the Stars go swing concert program of the big band The Capital Dance Orchestra in Berlin's Admiralspalast . At the 31st Evangelical Church Congress in June 2007 she performed as a singer at a concert by the Brothers Keepers music group .


In 1999, Riemann published a children's book entitled The Name of the Sun , which her older sister illustrated. At the invitation of Roger Willemsen for the Mannheim Literature Festival , she wrote a report on her work and experiences in 2015/16, which she published as a book in 2020. The book title “Everyone has. Nobody is allowed to. ”Quotes the beginning of sentences from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights .

social commitment

Katja Riemann is committed to democracy and human rights as well as an open society . It also supports the fight against child poverty , child trafficking and the circumcision of young girls in Africa. She was also appointed to the “Innovation Advisory Board ” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development . In 2010 she received the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon for her commitment .

She has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2000 and supports Amnesty International and the ONE organization .

Filmography (selection)

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Commons : Katja Riemann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Katja Riemann in the German charts
  2. a b c Katja von Garnier : Katja Riemann. (Biography), September 2015.
  3. Sandra Basan: "I'm currently in love". In: Berliner Morgenpost , June 1, 2011.
  4. a b c Dirk Jasper FilmLexikon ( Memento from February 3, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Katja Riemann as Christel Wolf. In: The first . Retrieved March 13, 2020 .
  6. Our wonderful years (UFA Fiction). In: UFA.de . Retrieved March 13, 2020 .
  7. Multi-part series “Our wonderful years” . TV review at tittelbach.tv . Retrieved March 13, 2020
  8. Thomas Holl: Kirchentag in Cologne: "I am African - I am your brother". In: FAZ , June 8, 2007.
  9. Conversation with Insa Wilke : Katja Riemann about her book “Everyone has. Nobody is allowed. ” In: SWR2 , February 21, 2020, audio file: 54:56 min., 49 MB.
  10. Peter Unfried : Katja Riemann on activism: "I already have lint on my tongue". How do you successfully defend the open society? Katja Riemann about her commitment outside of acting - for democracy and human rights. In: taz . June 16, 2018, accessed March 8, 2020 .
  11. ^ Dagmar Dehmer: Aid Organizations. Katja Riemann is campaigning for Africa. In: Tagesspiegel , March 2, 2011.
  12. The Innovation Advisory Board - "Impulses for new ideas". ( Memento from May 15, 2012 in the Internet Archive ). In: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), 2011.
  13. a b Press release: Medal awards for the Day of German Unity. In: Bundespräsidialamt , October 4, 2010, accessed on March 8, 2020.
  14. "This mission is my duty." The actress Katja Riemann on her social commitment in Africa and the corona crisis. (Interview with Andrea Herdegen) In: Neues Deutschland from June 10, 2020, p. 3.
  15. Prize winners. In: nottedellestelle.de .
  16. ^ Claudia Scholz: Katja Riemann receives the Courage Prize in Bad Iburg. In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung , September 23, 2016, accessed on March 8, 2020.
  17. The Bad Iburger Courage Prize 2016 goes to Katja Riemann. In: Komitee Courage , 2016, accessed March 8, 2020.