Heike Makatsch

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Heike Makatsch
MJKr01619 Heike Makatsch (NRW-Empfang, Berlinale 2020).jpg
Born (1971-08-13) 13 August 1971 (age 50)
OccupationActress, voice actress, singer
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Daniel Craig (1996–2004)
Max Martin Schröder (2004–2014)
Trystan Pütter (?–present)
Children3 (2 with Schröder)
RelativesRainer Makatsch (father)

Heike Makatsch (German: [ˈhaɪkə ˈmakatʃ] (listen); born 13 August 1971) is a German actress. She is known for her roles as 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, West 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

Makatsch's 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 13 August 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 film in 1996 when she starred in Detlev Buck's Männerpension (English: "Jailbirds"). She received the Bavarian Film Award as the 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 (2003). She is perhaps best known for her role as Lisa Addison, Matt's sister in the video game-based sci-fi/horror film Resident Evil (2002).[citation needed]

She voiced Terk in the German dub of Disney's Tarzan.

Since 2012, Makatsch has been a testimonial for French cosmetics company L'Oréal.

Makatsch served on the jury of the Goldene Kamera awards in 2017.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Makatsch was in a seven-year relationship with British actor Daniel Craig, ending in 2004.[2][3]

She has three daughters, born in 2007, 2009, and 2015; two with Max Martin Schröder from German indie band Tomte and Der Hund Marie.[4] She lives in Berlin.[5]

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.

Selected filmography[edit]

Makatsch at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Männerpension Maren Krummsieg English: Jailbirds
1997 Obsession Miriam Auerbach
1998 Killer Short
Am I Beautiful? Vera
Love Your Neighbour! Isolde
1999 Das Gelbe vom Ei Floris Blinker TV film
Aimée & Jaguar Klärchen
Männer und andere Katastrophen [de] Judith Kern TV film
Camino de Santiago Tea TV miniseries
Die Häupter meiner Lieben [de] Maja
2000 Longitude Queen Charlotte TV film
Gripsholm Prinzessin
The Announcement Rumour
2001 Late Night Shopping Madeline Zozzocolovic
A Goddamn Job Katinka Sirena
2002 Die Affäre Semmeling Silke Semmeling TV miniseries (6 episodes)
Resident Evil Dr. Lisa Addison
Naked (Nackt) Emilia
Nachts im Park [de] Katharina Lumis
2003 Anatomy 2 Viktoria
Love Actually Mia
A Light in Dark Places [de] Renate Reger TV film
2004 Familie auf Bestellung Eva TV film
2005 Margarete Steiff [de] Margarete Steiff TV film
A Sound of Thunder Alicia Wallenbeck
Keine Lieder über Liebe [de] Ellen English: No Songs About Love
Tara Road Bernadette
Almost Heaven Helen Schuster
2006 Schwesterherz [de] Anna
2007 Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution Frau Unger
2008 Schade um das schöne Geld [de] Mirabel Blinker TV film
2009 The Door Gia Konrads
Dr. Hope Hope Bridges Adams TV film
Hilde Hildegard Knef
2011 Tom Sawyer [de] Aunt Polly
2012 Die Heimkehr [de] Katarina Endriss TV film
Sechzehneichen [de] Laura TV film
2013 The Book Thief Liesel's mother
Sein letztes Rennen Birgit Averhoff
2014 Charleen macht Schluss Sabine
2014 Geography of the Heart Rachel Segment "Berlin"
2016–2021 Tatort Ellen Berlinger 3 episodes
2017 Teenosaurus Rex Sara
2018 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Frau Reimann
2019 I've Never Been to New York Lisa Wartberg
2020 God, You're Such a Prick Eva Pape
2021 Zero Cynthia Bonsant TV film



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



  1. ^ Goldene Kamera 2017 – Jury sucht bereits die Favoriten in fünf Kategorien Goldene Kamera, press release of 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ . 6 April 2004 http://www.rp-online.de/kultur/film/getrennt-heike-makatsch-und-daniel-craig-aid-1.2067722. {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Salter, Kate (23 April 2003). "The irresistible rise of Heike Makatsch". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  4. ^ "Heike Makatsch and her boyfriend Max Martin Schröder" (in German). Jolie. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Wo in Berlin die Stars wohnen: Die Top-Bezirke". 25 February 2021.

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