Ulrike Folkerts grew up in Kassel and graduated from the Jacob-Grimm-Schule there in 1980 . After studying theater and musicology for four semesters, she trained as an actress from 1982 to 1986 at the Hanover University of Music and Drama . In 1986 she got an engagement at the State Theater in Oldenburg . In 1987 she made her film debut in The Girl with the Lighters , directed by Ralf Huettner .
Folkerts became known and popular nationwide in the role of Ludwigshafen chief inspector Lena Odenthal, who has played her in the ARD crime series Tatort since 1989 . This means that she has reached the longest "period of service" of all German television commissioners before Horst Tappert . From 1996 to 2018, Andreas Hoppe , whom she met while studying, played the role of colleague Mario Kopper at her side.
Folkerts continues to play theater and was the first woman in Jedermann to play the role of death at the Salzburg Festival in 2005 and 2006 . At the Nationaltheater Mannheim she played the main character Cookie in the 2017/18 season in the world premiere of Noah Haidle's Forever Beautiful , directed by Burkhard C. Kosminski .
Folkerts also speaks audio books and in 1999 received an award for reading the novel And Behind The Sea . Since autumn 2016 she can be seen in Günter Grass' Blechtrommel as a reading with percussion music, together with Clemens von Ramin as speaker and the drummer Stefan Weinzierl .
Personal, media and sports
In a questionnaire, Folkerts stated how she would like to be remembered: as “an actress who has given us new types of women in her roles and who, as a self-confessed lesbian, has encouraged many women to say yes to their homosexuality, to accept them live… “Together with her partner, the artist Katharina Schnitzler, Folkerts brought the book Glück found on the market in October 2008 . She lives in Berlin-Wedding.
As a committed amateur athlete, Folkerts took part in the 1994 Gay Games in New York City and the 1996 EuroGames in Berlin . As a jury member she took part in the lesbian and gay Grand Prix Cologne 1999 , which was broadcast on WDR . At the Gay Games 2002 in Sydney , Folkerts won a silver and a bronze medal with the swimming relay of the Berlin club “ Vorspiel ”. In the individual competition, however, she was disqualified because of a false start. In July 2004 she swam a bronze medal at the Eurogames in Munich.
Together with the Landmine Action Alliance, Folkerts advocates a ban on all types of landmines . At the beginning of June 2004 she visited the projects of Handicap International , a non-profit organization for people with disabilities and other particularly vulnerable people, in Kosovo .
Folkerts is also committed to helping people with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) by participating in a poster campaign run by the DS Infocenter. On the posters and postcards published in October 2005, she can be seen with Ella Zoch, a girl with Down syndrome whom she has known since she was born. The motto of the picture series is: “A child with Down syndrome can get on your nerves at times. Just like any other child. "
As an ambassador for burundikids e. V. supports the building of a school for street children and former child soldiers in Burundi . At the beginning of March 2005 she visited the facility in the north of the capital Bujumbura .
Folkerts took part in two television commercials for the campaign Your Voice against Poverty , which campaigns for global poverty reduction: before the G8 summit in Heiligendamm in 2007 and 2010 together with 12 fellow actors from the crime scene in a spot in the run-up to the UN Millennium Summit .
In the Kulturvoll eV association founded by Folkerts and her partner in 2006 , she is committed to the cultural promotion of socially disadvantaged children and young people. She is also a member of the Federal Drama Association .
She has also been supporting the victim aid organization Weißer Ring since 2016 and can be seen in this context together with other TV investigators such as Oliver Mommsen and Steffen Schroeder as part of a poster campaign for the “Day of Victims of Crime”.
Crime scene episodes
- 1987: The girl with the lighters
- 1995: only over my corpse
- 1995: The Leimann
- 2003: Mutti - The Film
- 2013: Global Player
- 2013: play instinct
Other television films and series (selection)
- 1989: The splendid specimen
- 1991: Among colleagues
- 1992: Among colleagues
- 1992: Clinic of Horror
- 1994: Wolffs Revier (episode 4x10)
- 1994: The Glacier Clan
- 1994: The Commissioner
- 1995: Zores
- 1995: luck on credit
- 1996: The Commissioner (episode 2x09)
- 1996: Corinna Pabst - Five children need a mother
- 1997: Wildbach (episode 4x13)
- 1997: The Captain (episode 1x01)
- 1997: double effort (episode 4x02)
- 1998: The crimes of Professor Capellari - The sea rests quietly
- 1998: Out of the blue (episode 4x09)
- 1999: Lukas (episode 4x12)
- 1999: Men and Other Disasters
- 1999: Stahlnetz - The Spanner
- 2000: Klinikum Berlin Mitte (episode 1x03)
- 2001: Turnstile Airport (9 episodes)
- 2003: Police call 110 - The battle
- 2005: The bodyguard
- 2007: I am an island
- 2008: Turkish for Beginners (episode 3x03)
- 2009: the rebel
- 2009: Welcome home
- 2009: love in different circumstances
- 2011: residual risk
- 2011: Stadtgeflüster - Sex after five
- 2014: A summer in Amsterdam
- 2014: Murder Commission Istanbul - The end of Alp Atakan
- 2015: the golden shore
- 2019: Rosamunde Pilcher : Daughters-in-Law
- 2019: How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
- 2020: Katie Fforde: A House by the Sea
- 1992: Clinic of Horror
- 1995: Bismarck Polka
- 2009: Sores & Sîrîn
- 2015: Rose
- 2016–2019: Günter Grass : The Tin Drum - with Clemens von Ramin (reading) and Stefan Weinzierl (drums)
- 2017: Forever beautiful - Nationaltheater Mannheim (Schauspielhaus)
- 2001: Children's audio book award
- 2002: Public Bambi - Chief Inspector Lena Odenthal
- 2007: Cross of Merit on ribbon
- 2007: Courage Prize for their commitment to burundikids e. V. and the action alliance Landmine.de
- 2010: GdP star of the police union for her portrayal of crime scene commissioner Lena Odenthal
- 2019: German television crime award (honorary award)
- Ulrike Folkerts: That makes me strong . Südwest-Verlag, Munich 2005, ISBN 978-3-517-06833-6
- Ulrike Folkerts, Katharina Schnitzler: Found happiness. The popular crime scene inspector outlines her path to happiness . Edition Braus published by Wachter Verlag, Heidelberg 2008, ISBN 978-3-89904-336-5
- Ulrike Folkerts in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
- Ulrike Folkerts in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Literature by and about Ulrike Folkerts in the catalog of the German National Library
- Actress website
- Peter Voss : How much are you Lena Odenthal? In 3sat , July 2010
- The tin drum - reading with percussion music
- Forever beautiful ( memento from June 11, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) at the Nationaltheater Mannheim
- Ulrike Folkerts . ( Memento of March 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Areion Online
- The tin drum - Ulrike Folkerts, Clemens von Ramin, Stefan Weinzierl. In: dieblechtrommel.de. Retrieved December 14, 2016 .
- Axel Schock, Karen-Susan Fessel: OUT! Querverlag, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-89656-111-1
- SZ-Magazin No. 31, August 1, 2014, p. 10
- Anne-Katrin Löffler: Actress Ulrike Folkerts about her start at the Gay Games . In: Der Tagesspiegel , November 8, 2002
- Ulrike Folkerts: Swimming results on the first day of competition . eurogames.info, July 31, 2004
- Danger lurks in the forest behind the house - From a trip with Ulrike Folkerts to Kosovo . ( Memento from December 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Action alliance Landmine.de, presseportal.de, July 20, 2004
- “It's so absurd!” Interview with Ulrike Folkerts ( memento from October 6, 2010 in the web archive archive.today ), handicap-international.de, June 11, 2004
- Support burundikids.org, accessed November 11, 2006
- Ulrike Folkerts in the TV spot Tatort Afrika . youtube.de
- cultural e. V. Website kulturvoll e. V. Accessed March 4, 2014
- BFFS member list , Bundesverband Schauspiel, bffs.de, accessed on December 2, 2015
- Day of the Victims of Crime | WHITE RING e. V. Accessed March 2, 2017 .
- National Theater Mannheim - Ulrike Folkerts (guest). Archived from the original on October 10, 2017 ; accessed on March 3, 2020 .
- Cross of Merit: Federal President honors Seyran Ates . In Berliner Morgenpost , June 16, 2007 ( dpa )
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German actress|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 14, 1961|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Kassel , Germany|