Alles was zählt

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Alles was zählt
Alles was zählt (title card).jpg
Current Alles was zählt intertitle
Genre Soap opera
Created by Guido Reinhardt
Country of origin Germany Germany
Original language(s) Germany German
No. of episodes 2200+
(as of June 18, 2015) [1]
Executive producer(s) Guido Reinhardt
Rainer Wemcken
Distributor Grundy UFA TV Produktions GmbH
Original channel RTL
Original release September 4, 2006 – present
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Alles was zählt (All That Matters) is a German television soap opera first broadcast on RTL on September 4, 2006.[2] The original plot revolved around Diana Sommer's dream to become a world class ice skater. She fell in love with Julian Herzog, who signed her at the prestigious Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Center, run by the unscrupulous Steinkamp dynasty. Diana and Julian eventually became a couple, but in November 2007, Julian suffered a brain hemorrhage and died during their wedding. Diana remained in Essen until January 2009, when she left to join a skating centre in Halle. The story continues to revolve around the Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Centre and its quest to become a sporting powerhouse, as well as the lives of the characters who work at and around the Centre.

Backstage Information[edit]

AWZ is the third daily soap on RTL, created after Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten and Unter Uns. While the show is set in Essen, filming takes place in Cologne.

Tanja Szewczenko is — like Diana, the character she played — a famous German ice skater. In January 2009, she left the series to pursue her skating career.

In February 2008, AWZ was awarded Blu Magazine's Best National TV Format award for its portrayal of the relationship between Deniz and Roman. Actors Igor Dolgatschew and Dennis Grabosch accepted the award on behalf of the series.[3] While their story was spotlighted, the "DeRo" storyline reached a wide international fanbase with over 12,000 subscribers on YouTube.[4]

The series is produced by Grundy UFA productions, the same company responsible for RTL's other daily soaps. In October 2007, this show and Unter Uns were part of the first-ever crossover of two soap operas in Germany, when characters from AWZ (Vanessa, Nina, and Tim) attended a concert by Mars from Unter Uns (episode 289); Mars later performed an impromptu concert at the No. 7 (episode 296). In April 2010, another RTL crossover featured Helmut Orosz and Mehrzad Marashi from DSDS performing a duet in the No. 7 (episode 904).

The theme song, "Nie genug", is sung by Austrian singer Christina Stürmer; she returned with her band to perform two numbers for Ben and Isabelle's wedding, "Warum" (episode 1000) and "Juniherz" (episode 1001).


Current main cast[edit]

Actor Role Episodes Years Notes
Tatjana Clasing Simone Steinkamp, née von Altenburg 1– 2006– Former owner (with husband Richard) of the Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Centre; currently runs dance studio with Jenny; mother of Maximilian (by her riding instructor when she was a teen) and of Jenny and Vanessa (by Richard); grandmother of Letizia, Alexander and Sophia; ex-wife of Richard; ex-fiancée of David; one-night-stand of her brother-in-law Rüdiger
Silvan-Pierre Leirich Richard Steinkamp 1– 2006– Owner and director of the Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Centre, which he runs with Ben and Max; father of Jenny and Vanessa (by Simone), Ben (by ex-lover Nadja), Marco (by ex-lover Monika) and Nikolas (by ex-lover Céline); stepfather of Maximilian; brother of Rüdiger; uncle of Franziska; ex-husband of Simone; ex-lover of Annette
Julia Augustin Dr. Vanessa Steinkamp 2–667
Ice-hockey player; daughter of Simone and Richard; daughter of Simone and Richard; sister of Jenny; half-sister of Ben, Maximilian, Marco and Nikolas; niece of Rüdiger; cousin of Juli and Franziska; aunt of Letizia; girlfriend of Tom; ex-girlfriend of Ben (they broke up when they discovered they were related) and Deniz; girlfriend of Nick; ex-lover of Christoph; studied medicine in Boston, then returned to Essen, where she was the majority stakeholder of the Steinkamp Centre
Juliette Greco Lena Bergmann 181–1608
(1st actress in the role)
Ballet teacher and fitness trainer at the Steinkamp Centre; daughter of Peter; sister of Annette; half-sister of Katja; wife of Marian (married for immigration reasons and subsequently began dating); ex-wife of Robin van Kampen and Maximilian; ex-lover of Ingo, Oliver, Mike and Florian; mother of Alexander (with Maximilian)
Jörg Rohde Ben Steinkamp, accepted, né Roschinski 802– 2009– (2nd actor in the role)
Returned to Essen after studying art and marketing in Milan, currently managing the Steinkamp Centre alongside Richard and Maximilian; illegitimate son of Nadja and Richard, half-brother of Jenny, Vanessa, Marco and Nikolas; nephew of Rüdiger; cousin of Franziska; ex-husband of Isabelle and Bea; ex-boyfriend of Katja, Vanessa and Julia; boyfriend ov Iva; one-night-stand of Zoé and Raquel
Ania Niedieck Isabelle Reichenbach 905– 2010– Professional figure skater who took first place in the Essen Cup, currently working as trainer/skating consultant at the Steinkamp Centre; daughter of Helena and Philipp; sister of Tom; half-sister of Larissa; mother of Sophia (with Maximilian); ex-wife of Ben and Maximilian; ex-lover of Marco and Felix
Kaja Schmidt-Tychsen Jennifer "Jenny" Steinkamp 1325– 2011– (3rd official actress in the role)
Former figure skater, currently co-managing the dance study with Simone; daughter of Simone and Richard; sister of Vanessa; half-sister of Ben, Maximilian, Marco and Nikolas; niece of Rüdiger; cousin of Juli and Franziska; mother of Annabelle (with David); aunt of Letizia; ex-wife of Julian and Axel; ex-girlfriend of Lars and Hendrik; ex-lover of Maximilian, Marian and Marco; one-night-stand of David
Caroline Frier Beatrice "Bea" Meyer 1503– 2012– Employee of the "PommesSchranke"; daughter of Helga; sister of Julia; ex-wife of Ben; ex-girlfriend of Felix; ex-lover of Deniz
Christina Klein Iva Lukowski 2036– 2014– DJane; daughter of Christoph; step-daughter of Sylvie; girlfriend of Ben
Julia Albrecht Florentine "Flo" Brück 2105– 2015– daughter of Sonja and Thomas; sister of Leo
Barbara Sotelsek Sonja Brück, née Kampe 2105– 2015– ex-wife of Thomas; mother of Leo and Flo
Helena Reetz (1990s) 2107–
Daniel Brockhaus Dr. Thomas Brück 2107– 2015– ex-husband of Sonja; father of Leo and Flo; ex-lover of Dana
Lars Dickel (1990s) 2107–
Lars Korten Christoph Lukowski 2108– 2015– husband of Sylvie; father of Iva; ex-lover of Vanessa
Isabell Horn Pia Koch 2113– 2015– DJane; wife of John
Carsten Clemens Veit Hartmann 2169– 2015– assistant lecturer of the of the Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Centre's management; one-night-stand of Brigitte

Former main cast[edit]

Actor Character Episodes Years Comments
Susanne Schlenzig Jutta Sommer, née Hoffmann 1–178
2006–2007 Diana's Mother, Dieter's ex-wife, Nina's stepmother and Lutz Hoffeman's daughter; moved to Cuxhaven
Jan Niklas Berg Ben Roschinski 2–220 2006–2007 (1st actor in the role)
Andreas Seyferth Lutz Hoffmann 1–234 2006–2007 Diana's grandfather, Jutta's father; went to live with his daughter in Cuxhaven
Armin Dallapiccola Dieter Sommer 1–250 2006–2007 Diana's stepfather, Jutta's ex-husband and Nina's father, Manfred's brother †, Oliver's uncle; went to Eisenhüttenstadt to take a job as a Facility Manager
Thorsten Grasshoff Julian Herzog † 1–313 2006–2007 Jenny's ex-husband, Tim's brother, Diana's fiancé; died at the altar due to a brain haemorrhage
André Emanuel Kaminski Tim Herzog 5–321 2006–2007 Julian's brother; ex-boyfriend of Ben; left Essen after Julian's death to start a new life
Regine Seidler Nadja Roschinski 3–358
(1st actress in the role)
Returns for Ben and Isabelle's wedding
Christiane Klimt Jennifer "Jenny" Steinkamp 1–452 2006–2008 (1st actress in the role)
Birgit Würz Nadja Roschinski 359–576 2008 (2nd actress in the role)
Skating choreographer; ex-girlfriend of Mike †, Richard, and Marian; mother of Ben (by Richard), was pregnant with Marian's child (miscarriage); moved to Rome for a new job
Tanja Szewczenko Diana Sommer, accepted, née Reichert 1–588 2006–2009 Jutta's daughter, Dieter's stepdaughter, Nina's stepsister, Oliver's ex-girlfriend, Julian's fiancé; one-night-stand of Deniz; left to pursue skating career in Halle
Maria Wedig Julietta "Juli" Sommer, née von Altenburg 362–717 2008–2009 Simone's niece, cousin of Jenny, Vanessa and Maximilian, granddaughter of Friederike Gräfin von Altenburg; pursued careers as figure skater, waitress in the No. 7, and banking; ex-wife of Maximilian (convenience marriage), wife of Oliver; left Essen for California after separating from Oliver
Nathalie Thiede Nina Sommer 1–793 2006–2009 Personal assistant to Dr. Axel Schwarz at the Steinkamp Centre; Diana's stepsister and Dieter's daughter, Jutta's stepdaughter, Oliver's cousin; ex-girlfriend of Deniz and Axel; left to work for Male Function in California after realising there was no future with Axel
Stephen Dürr Mike Hartwig † 1–810 2006–2009 Ice-skating trainer; ex-boyfriend of Nadja, Diana, and Lena; died in explosion while saving Lena from her father's nemesis
Tobias Licht Lars Berger 469–882 2008–2010 Skating choreographer at the Steinkamp Centre; ex-lover of Diana and Jenny, Stella's boyfriend; moved to Switzerland with Stella
Nadine Rennack Stella Coretti 576–882 2008–2010 Skater on the Steinkamp team; daughter of Anton Coretti; Marian's godchild; Lars's girlfriend; ex-lover of Deniz; moved to Switzerland for rehab after being involved in a car accident and then prematurely returning to training and paralyzing herself
Carolin von der Groeben Zoé Laffort 459–986 2008–2010 (1st actress in the role)
Norman Kalle Dr. Oliver Sommer 156–267
Formerly the in-house doctor at the Steinkamp Centre, now works with an African aid organisation; Dieter's nephew, Nina's cousin, Manfred's † son; Diana's ex-boyfriend and Juli's ex-husband; moved to Australia with his wife Céline
Nina Bott Céline Sommer, née Laffort 465–1008 2008–2010 Cook in the No. 7; Zoé's mother with ex-boyfriend, Ingo; Maximilian's ex-wife and Richard's ex-lover; pregnant with Richard's child; moved to Australia with her husband Oliver
Silvia Maleen Jennifer "Jenny" Steinkamp 501–1023 2008–2010 (2nd actress in the role) she was presumed dead after her flight disappeared over Russia
Heike Trinker Claudia Bergmann, née Linden 825–844
Figure skating choreographer hired to work with the Steinkamp team; ex-wife of Peter Bergmann; mother of Katja; moved to Rosenheim after her engagement to Richard ended
Dennis Grabosch Roman Wild † 2–1267 2006–2011 Figure skater, placed third in both the World and European championships before pursuing a career as a trainer and then as sports manager of the Centre; brother of Florian, ex-boyfriend of Marc, Andrew and Deniz; died of a brain tumour
Christoph Humnig Tom Reichenbach 958–1300
Videogame developer; son of Helena and Philipp; brother of Isabelle; half-brother of Larissa; uncle of Sophia; ex-boyfriend of Katja; boyfriend of Vanessa; left for Boston after he and Vanessa break up
Ulrike Röseberg Annette Bergmann † 1–1445 2006–2012 Lessee of the "Pommesschranke" fry stand near the Steinkamp Centre and sometimes costume designer; daughter of Peter; sister of Lena; half-sister of Katja; aunt of Alexander; wife of Ingo; ex-lover of Richard; one-night-stand of Deniz; died after Jenny ran over her in her car
Michael N. Kuehl Florian Wild 928–1544 2010–2012 Assistant janitor at the Steinkamp Centre; raised in Gunzenhausen, came to Essen to pursue his dream of playing professional hockey in Essen; younger brother of Roman †; boyfriend of Franziska and ex-boyfriend of Lena; follows Franziska to Canada
Julia Engelmann Franziska Steinkamp 1024–1544 2010–2012 Rüdiger's daughter; Richard's niece; cousin of Jenny, Vanessa, Ben, Marco and Nikolas; poses as a boy ("Frank Schneider") to increase her chances of playing professional hockey; girlfriend of florian; ex-lover of Deniz; went to Canada after becoming part of a famous ice-hockey team
Rosetta Pedone Viktoria König 1485–1582 2012 Ex-wife of Marco; ex-girlfriend of Jochen; went to New York
Christina Siemoneit Sarah Wendt 1273–1616 2011–2013 Hip-hop dancer; sister of Melanie; ex-girlfriend of Marco and Deniz; went to Paris
Katharina Woschek Zoé Laffort 1466–1666 2012–2013 (2nd actress in the role)
Temporary assistanse at the Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Centre and the club "A40"; daughter of Ingo and Céline; ex-girlfriend of Can; one-night-stand of Ben and Deniz; went to South Africa
Ulrich Drewes Rüdiger Steinkamp 1476–1678 2012–2013 (2nd actor in the role)
Manager of the Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Centre; father of Franziska; brother of Richard; uncle of Jenny, Vanessa, Ben, Marco and Nikolas; ex-boyfriend of Monika; one-night-stand of Simone; was sent to prison on account of extortion and kidnapping
Salvatore Greco Jan Marco Schöler 1260–1761 2011–2013 Dance instructor at Simone's dance studio; son of Monika and Richard; half-brother of Jenny, Vanessa, Ben and Nikolas; nephew of Rüdiger; cousin of Franziska; ex-lover of Jenny, Sarah and Isabelle; went to Rome
Maria Kempken Lena Bergmann 1612–1770 2013 (2nd actress in the role, temporary replacement for Juliette Greco who was on maternity leave)
Ballet teacher and fitness trainer at the Steinkamp Centre; Annette's sister and Katja's half-sister; wife of Marian (married for immigration reasons and subsequently began dating), ex-wife of Robin van Kampen and Maximilian, ex-lover of Ingo, Oliver, Mike and Florian; mother of Alexander (with Maximilian)
Igor Dolgatschew Deniz Öztürk † 229–1781 2007–2013 Management intern/Richard’s personal assistant at the Steinkamp Centre; formerly pursued careers as hockey player, rentboy, pair skater with Stella and Roman, fashion model, gay callboy and owner of car service; son of Veronika and Marian; father of Jonas (with ex-lover Jessica); cousin of Can; grandchild of Melek; ex-boyfriend of Nina, Vanessa, Roman, Melanie and Sarah; ex-lover of Stella, Jessica, Franziska, Bea and Can; one-night-stand of Annette, Diana, Kaja, Patrick, Zoé, Katja and Letizia; went to Milan for a profitable job as model and died in March 2014 of his AIDS infection (news of his death in episode 1888)
André Dietz Ingo Zadek † 7–1831 2006–2013 Ice-hockey trainer, physiotherapist, and masseur at the Steinkamp Centre, also pursued a career as a comedian for a short time; ex-husband of Annette (married when she died), ex-boyfriend of Lena and Céline; father of Zoé (by Céline), foster father of Melanie; was murdered by Axel and Spiridula during a strike at "Steinkamp Sport, Tanz und Wellness", which was initiate by him as trade union leader (Simone and Richard should have been arrested for that iniquity)
Daniel Aichinger Dr. Axel Schwarz 1–331
Former Controller of the Steinkamp Sports and Wellness Centre, also worked for the Ministry of the Interior as the State Commissioner for the High-Performance Centre in Essen; son of Luna and Hans Josef; ex-husband of Jenny; ex-lover of Simone and Nina; fled to Greece as "Costa Papadopoulos" after another scheme went wrong; has returned to Essen with a diplomatic pass, killed Ingo to set up the Steinkamps for the murder and break away back to Greece with his accomplice and new wife Spiridula
Carlo Degen Joscha Degen † 1698–1895 2013–2014 Footballer; son of David; brother of Lukas; half-brother of Annabelle; sham-husband of Raquel; boyfriend of Kai; ex-boyfriend of Melanie; took a pelting after his coming-out and died of his severe injuries at the hospital
Alexander Gier Dr. Kai Seebach 1820–1909 2013–2014 sports doctor; son of Barbara; boyfriend of Joscha; leaves Essen soon after Joscha's death
Marc Schöttner Lukas Levin 1658–1923 2013–2014 Student at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; son of David; brother of Joscha; half-brother of Annabelle; ex-boyfriend of Julia; ex-lover of Letizia; went to New York to complete three semester abroad there
Andreas Hofer David M. Degen 1628–1933 2013–2014 Choreographer at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; father of Lukas and Joscha; ex-fiancé of Simone; ex-lover of Barbara; one-night-stand of Jenny; father of Annabelle (with Jenny); leaves Essen after kidnapping Annabelle and losing the custody for her
Sam Eisenstein Marian Öztürk 2–1934 2006–2014 Proprietor of the No. 7 (café and bar), formerly ran the inline-courier service "Get It" and had a shady past as a safecracker; son of Melek; father of Deniz (with ex-wife Veronika); grandfather of Jonas; uncle of Can; husband of Lena (married for immigration reasons and subsequently began dating); ex-boyfriend of Nadja and Jessica; ex-lover of Jenny; went back to Ağın to provide for his mother who is suffering from cancer
Hannes Sell Felix Landeck 1935–2031 2014 Student at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; son of Rolf; ex-lover of Isabelle; one-night-stand of Letizia and Raquel; went to a dance academy in Zwickau
Anna-Katharina Fecher Melanie Wendt 1238–1480
Teenager whose parents perished in the 2004 tsunami; placed with foster parents Annette and Ingo; works in reception at the Centre; sister of Sarah; ex-girlfriend of Deniz and Joscha; one-night-stand of Maximilian; leaves Essen to find vocational and personal happiness in Hamburg
Jennifer Dessin-Brasching Letizia von Altenburg,
accepted, née Kaldenhoff
1644–2058 2013–2014 Student at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; daughter of Janaina and Maximilian; grandchild of Simone; great-grandchild of Friederike; niece of Jenny and Vanessa; ex-lover of Lukas; one-night-stand of Deniz and Felix; bleed to death by a shot of her father's nemesis Rafael Suarez
Alexander Wüst Erik Schulte † 1924–2101 2014–2015 Inspector; father of Emilia; ex-husband of Tina; fell from a castle tower (by Richard's fault)
Jenny Bach Julia Meyer † 1639–2106 2013–2015 Student at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; daughter of Helga; sister of Bea; girlfriend of Ben; ex-girlfriend of Lukas; died in a bus crash
Yara Hassan Raquel Degen, née Santana 1778–2106 2013–2015 Student at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; widow of Joscha (sham marriage); one-night-stand of Felix and Ben; died in a bus crash
Michèle Fichtner Antonia "Toni" Fuchs † 2036–2106 2014–2015 Student at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; died in a bus crash
Naima Fehrenbacher Larissa Schuhmann 2044–2111 2014–2015 Student at "Steinkamp Dance Factory"; daughter of ??? Schuhmann and Philipp Reichenbach; half-sister of Isabelle and Tom; went to Munich
Francisco Medina Maximilian von Altenburg
aka Maximilian Santiago de Castillo
Manager of the Steinkamp Sport and Wellness Centre; son of Simone; half-brother of Jenny and Vanessa; father of Letizia (by ex-girlfriend Janaina), Alexander (with Lena) and Sophia (with Isabelle); cousin and ex-husband of Juli (convenience marriage); ex-husband Céline, Lena and Isabelle; ex-boyfriend of Katja; ex-lover of Jenny; one-night-stand of Melanie; was convict erroneously for Erik's death and also for extortive abduction and attempted murder of Richard
Anna-Katharina Samsel Katja Bergmann 822–2209 2009–2015 daughter of Claudia and Peter; half-sister of Annette and Lena; aunt of Maximilian; with Roman as her trainer, took third place at the Essen Cup shortly after signing on to the Steinkamp team; ex-girlfriend of Tom, Ben, Maximilian and Can; one-night-stand of Deniz; went to Augsburg
Volkan Isbert Can Öztürk 1590–2216 2012–2015 Bouncer at the club "A40"; nephew of Marian; cousin of Deniz (had sexual preferences to him); grandchild of Melek; ex-boyfriend of Zoé, Susi and Katja: ex-lover of Deniz; went to Turkey to present a game show


AWZ is directed in week-long blocks with revolving directors, including Christof Brehmer, Stefan Bühling, Gudrun Scherer, Jörg Mielich, Tina Kriwitz, Klaus Knoesel, Annette Herre, Matthias Paul and Andreas Stenschke, to name just a very few.


Country Network Title
 Germany RTL Television
Alles was zählt
 Belgium Plug RTL Le Rêve de Diana
 Canada Séries+ Le Rêve de Diana
 France M6
NRJ 12
NRJ Paris
Le Rêve de Diana
 Poland TV Puls To, co najważniejsze
  Switzerland TSR 1
Le Rêve de Diana

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