Heike Makatsch

Heike Makatsch

Darstellerin, Drehbuch
*13.08.1971 Düsseldorf

Biography

Heike Makatsch was born in Düsseldorf on August 13th, 1971. Her father, Rainer Makatsch, played ice hockey for Germany's national team. After starting to study sociology at university, Heike Makatsch was cast as a host for the German music television station Viva in 1993.

Two years later, she made her screen debut as the naive lover of a convicted felon in Detlev Buck's comedy "Männerpension" ("Jailbirds"). Quickly establishing herself as an actress, she then played high-profile parts in "Obsession" ("Obsession") and Detlev Buck's satirical take on the salvation army, "Liebe deine Nächste" ("Love Your Female Neighbor!").

After a supporting role in the acclaimed WWII melodrama "Aimée & Jaguar", Makatsch convinced critics and audiences alike with "Gripsholm", in which she plays the girlfriend of famous writer Kurt Tucholsky. She then took lead roles in Doris Dörrie's drama "Nackt" ("Naked") and in the horror sequel "Anatomie 2" ("Anatomy 2"), thereby following the example of Franka Potente, who starred in the first instalment of the successful German slasher franchise.

Makatsch, who was romantically linked to British actor Daniel Craig for several years and had subsequently moved to London, also appeared in several international productions, including "Late Night Shopping" (2001),"Resident Evil" (2002) and "Love…Actually" (2003).

2005 saw Heike Makatsch's large-scale return to German cinema: The rock'n'roll antics of the mockumentary "Keine Lieder über Liebe" ("No songs of Love") were followed by "Almost Heaven", in which Makatsch – who often sings in her films – plays a German country singer who wants to go to Nashville, but eventually ends up in Jamaica instead.

Makatsch received rave reviews for her title role in the TV production "Margarete Steiff", a film about the life of the famous toy animal manufacturer. After her leading role as an "older sister" in a crisis in Ed Herzog's highly praised independent movie "Schwesterherz" ("Twisted Sister") alongside Anna Maria Mühe, Makatsch portrays another historic character in 2009: In Kai Wessel's "Hilde" ("The Gift Horse"), Makatsch plays the legendary actress Hildegard Knef.

Her portrayal of physician and woman's rights pioneer Hope Bridges Adams-Lehmann in "Dr. Hope – Eine Frau gibt nicht auf" ("Dr. Hope", TV) garnered her a nomination at the 2010 Bavarian Television Award. Makatsch played the role of Aunt Polly in the screen adaptation of "Tom Sawyer" (2011), and also reprised it for the sequel "Die Abenteuer von Huck Finn" (2012).

After director Hendrik Handloegten cast her as one of the leads in the TV horror movie "Sechzehneichen" (2012), she starred opposite Dieter Hallervorden in the 2013 theatrical release "Sein letztes Rennen" ("Back on Track"). Follwing her turns in Lars Becker's "Wir machen durch bis morgen früh" (2013, TV), the WWII drama "Die Bücherdiebin ("The Book Thief", DE/US 2014) and the coming-of age movie "About a Girl" (2014), Makatsch played a wife whose philandering husband tries to win her back in the comedy "Alles ist Liebe" (2014).

In 2016, Makatsch played the leading role of police detective Ellen Berlinger in a new branch of the "Tatort" series. After turns in "Zweimal zweites Leben" (Twice New Life, 2016) and "Fremde Tochter" (Strange Daughter), she played the mother of a hormonally charged teen girl in "Das Pubertier – Der Film" (2017), Leander Haußmann’s screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jan Weiler.    

Filmography

2017/2018 Benjamin Blümchen
Cast
 
2017/2018 Das schönste Mädchen der Welt
Cast
 
2016/2017 Fremde Tochter
Cast
 
2016/2017 Das Pubertier - Der Film
Cast
 
2016 Speechless
Cast
 
2015/2016 Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
Cast
 
2015/2016 Fünf Minuten Himmel
Cast
 
2014 Alles ist Liebe
Cast
 
2013/2014 Die Bücherdiebin
Cast
 
2013/2014 About a Girl
Cast
 
2013 Wir machen durch bis morgen früh
Cast
 
2012/2013 Sein letztes Rennen
Cast
 
2011/2012 Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn
Cast
 
2011/2012 Sechzehneichen
Cast
 
2011/2012 Die Heimkehr
Cast
 
2010/2011 Tom Sawyer
Cast
 
2008/2009 Die Tür
Cast
 
2008/2009 Hilde
Cast
 
2008 Dr. Hope - Eine Frau gibt nicht auf
Cast
 
2006-2008 Schade um das schöne Geld
Cast
 
2006 Schwesterherz
Cast, Screenplay
 
2005/2006 HUI BUH - Das Schlossgespenst
Cast
 
2005 Margarete Steiff
Cast
 
2005 A Sound of Thunder
Cast
 
2004/2005 Almost Heaven
Cast
 
2004/2005 Keine Lieder über Liebe
Cast
 
2003 Das Wunder von Lengede
Cast
 
2002 Ich hab Musik dabei
Cast
 
2002 Anatomie 2
Cast
 
2002 Europe - 99euro-films 2
Cast
 
2001/2002 Resident Evil
Cast
 
2001/2002 Nackt
Cast
 
2001 Nachts im Park
Cast
 
2000/2001 Ein göttlicher Job
Cast
 
2000-2002 Die Affäre Semmeling
Cast
 
1999/2000 Gripsholm
Cast
 
1999 Männer und andere Katastrophen
Cast
 
1998/1999 Die Häupter meiner Lieben
Cast
 
1998/1999 Das Gelbe vom Ei
Cast
 
1998/1999 killer.berlin.doc
Participation
 
1998 Killer
Cast
 
1997/1998 Liebe deine Nächste!
Cast
 
1997/1998 Bin ich schön?
Cast
 
1997/1998 Aimée & Jaguar
Cast
 
1996/1997 Obsession
Cast
 
1995/1996 Männerpension
Cast