Heike Makatsch

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Heike Makatsch
Heike Makatsch Berlinale 2009 (cropped).jpg
Makatsch at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2009
Born (1971-08-13) 13 August 1971 (age 43)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) Daniel Craig (1994–2001)

Heike Makatsch (born 13 August 1971) is a German actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Dr. Lisa Addison in Resident Evil (2002), Mia in Love Actually (2003), and as Liesel's mother in The Book Thief (2013).

Early life[edit]

Makatsch was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, the daughter of former German national ice hockey team goaltender Rainer Makatsch. She spent several months in New Mexico in 1988 in an effort to improve her English, and later studied politics and sociology at the University of Düsseldorf for four semesters, which was followed by an apprenticeship as a dressmaker until 1994.


Makatsch at the 2012 Hessen Film and Cinema Prize

Her television career started in 1993, when she was hired by music channel VIVA, hosting shows such as Interaktiv and Heikes Hausbesuche; two years later, on August 13, 1995, she became the host of the German chart show Bravo TV, aired by RTL II, a position she kept until summer 1996. In 1997, she started hosting her own weekly, late night show titled Heike Makatsch Show. However, due to bad ratings, it was cancelled after only eight episodes.[citation needed]

Makatsch first appeared in a movie in 1996, when she starred in Detlev Buck's Männerpension (English: "Jailbirds"); she received the Bavarian Film Award as most talented young actor for her performance. Since then, she has appeared in several German and English language productions including the romantic comedy Love Actually. She is perhaps best known for her role as Lisa Addison, Matt's sister in the Capcom video game-based sci-fi/horror film Resident Evil (2002).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Makatsch was involved in a seven-year relationship with British actor Daniel Craig.[1]

She has two daughters with Max Martin Schröder from the German indie band Tomte.[2]


Makatsch at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Männerpension Maren Krummsieg English: Jailbirds
1997 Obsession Miriam Auerbach
1998 Killer Short
1998 Am I Beautiful? Vera
1998 Liebe deine Nächste Isolde English: "Love Your Neighbour"
1999 Das Gelbe vom Ei Floris Blinker TV movie
1999 Aimée & Jaguar Klärchen
1999 Männer und andere Katastrophen Judith Kern TV movie
1999 Bonne Nuit Margaret Bottom TV movie
1999 Camino de Santiago Tea TV mini-series
1999 Die Häupter meiner Lieben (de) Maja
2000 Longitude Queen Charlotte TV movie
2000 Gripsholm Prinzessin
2000 The Announcement Rumour
2001 Late Night Shopping Madeline Zozzocolovich
2001 A Goddamn Job Katinka Sirena
2002 Die Affäre Semmeling Silke Semmeling TV mini-series (6 episodes)
2002 Resident Evil Dr. Lisa Addison
2002 Naked (de) Emilia
2002 Nachts im Park Katharina Lumis
2003 Anatomy 2 Viktoria
2003 Love Actually Mia
2005 Margarete Steiff Margarete Steiff TV movie
2005 A Sound of Thunder Alicia Wallenbeck
2005 Keine Lieder über Liebe Ellen English: No Songs About Love
2005 Tara Road Bernadette
2005 Almost Heaven Helen Schuster
2007 Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution Frau Unger
2009 The Door Gia
2009 Dr. Hope Hope Bridges Adams TV movie
2009 Hilde Hildegard Knef
2011 Tom Sawyer Tante Polly
2012 Die Heimkehr Katarina Endriss TV movie
2012 Sechzehneichen Laura TV movie
2013 The Book Thief Liesel's mother
2013 Sein letztes Rennen Birgit Averhoff
2014 Charleen macht Schluss Sabine Post-production
2014 Geography of the Heart Rachel Segment "Berlin"; filming



  • 1997: Obsession (Soundtrack for Obsession)
  • 2005: Almost Heaven (Soundtrack for Almost Heaven)
  • 2009: Hilde (Soundtrack for Hilde)
  • 2009: Die schönsten Kinderlieder (with Max Schröder)


  • 1996: Stand By Your Man (Soundtrack for Männerpension)
  • 1997: This Girl Was Made For Loving (Soundtrack for Obsession)
  • 1999: Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover (Soundtrack for Die Häupter meiner Lieben)

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 1995, Makatsch won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Actress for her role in Männerpension. In 2003, she and the rest of the cast of Love Actually were nominated for the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast. She was nominated in 2006 for an International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role in Margarete Steiff – A Story of Courage.


  1. ^ Salter, Kate (23 April 2003). "The irresistible rise of Heike Makatsch". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  2. ^ "Heike Makatsch and her boyfriend Max Martin Schröder" (in German). Jolie. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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