Ulrike Folkerts

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Ulrike Folkerts (2014)

Ulrike Folkerts (born May 14, 1961 in Kassel ) is a German actress . She is known as Tatort Commissioner Lena Odenthal .



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.

social commitment

Ulrike Folkerts and Andreas Hoppe at the 2014 Grimme Prize

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


Other television films and series (selection)

Short films

  • 1992: Clinic of Horror
  • 1995: Bismarck Polka
  • 2009: Sores & Sîrîn
  • 2015: Rose



  • 2017: Forever beautiful - Nationaltheater Mannheim (Schauspielhaus)



Web links

Commons : Ulrike Folkerts  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Forever beautiful ( memento from June 11, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) at the Nationaltheater Mannheim
  2. Ulrike Folkerts . ( Memento of March 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Areion Online
  3. The tin drum - Ulrike Folkerts, Clemens von Ramin, Stefan Weinzierl. In: dieblechtrommel.de. Retrieved December 14, 2016 .
  4. a b Axel Schock, Karen-Susan Fessel: OUT! Querverlag, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-89656-111-1
  5. SZ-Magazin No. 31, August 1, 2014, p. 10
  6. ^ A b Anne-Katrin Löffler: Actress Ulrike Folkerts about her start at the Gay Games . In: Der Tagesspiegel , November 8, 2002
  7. Ulrike Folkerts: Swimming results on the first day of competition . eurogames.info, July 31, 2004
  8. 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
  9. “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
  10. Support burundikids.org, accessed November 11, 2006
  11. Ulrike Folkerts in the TV spot Tatort Afrika . youtube.de
  12. cultural e. V. Website kulturvoll e. V. Accessed March 4, 2014
  13. ^ BFFS member list , Bundesverband Schauspiel, bffs.de, accessed on December 2, 2015
  14. Day of the Victims of Crime | WHITE RING e. V. Accessed March 2, 2017 .
  15. ^ National Theater Mannheim - Ulrike Folkerts (guest). Archived from the original on October 10, 2017 ; accessed on March 3, 2020 .
  16. ^ Cross of Merit: Federal President honors Seyran Ates . In Berliner Morgenpost , June 16, 2007 ( dpa )