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 44)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) Daniel Craig (1994–2001)
Children 2

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]

Selected filmography[edit]

Makatsch at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Year Title Role Director Notes
1996 Männerpension Maren Krummsieg Detlev Buck English: Jailbirds
1997 Obsession Miriam Auerbach Peter Sehr (de)
1998 Killer Bernhard Landen Short
Am I Beautiful? (de) Vera Doris Dörrie
Liebe deine Nächste! (de) Isolde Detlev Buck English: Love Your Neighbour
1999 Das Gelbe vom Ei Floris Blinker Lars Becker (de) TV film
Aimée & Jaguar Klärchen Max Färberböck
Männer und andere Katastrophen (de) Judith Kern Ulli Baumann (de) TV film
Camino de Santiago Tea Robert Young TV miniseries
Die Häupter meiner Lieben (de) Maja Hans-Günther Bücking (de)
2000 Longitude Queen Charlotte Charles Sturridge TV film
Gripsholm Prinzessin Xavier Koller
The Announcement Rumour Troy Miller
2001 Late Night Shopping Madeline Zozzocolovich Saul Metzstein
A Goddamn Job Katinka Sirena Thorsten Wettcke (de)
2002 Die Affäre Semmeling Silke Semmeling Dieter Wedel (de) TV miniseries (6 episodes)
Resident Evil Dr. Lisa Addison Paul W. S. Anderson
Naked (de) Emilia Doris Dörrie
Nachts im Park (de) Katharina Lumis Uwe Janson
2003 Anatomy 2 Viktoria Stefan Ruzowitzky
Love Actually Mia Richard Curtis
Das Wunder von Lengede (de) Renate Reger Kaspar Heidelbach (de) TV film
2004 Familie auf Bestellung Eva Urs Egger TV film
2005 Margarete Steiff (de) Margarete Steiff Xaver Schwarzenberger TV film
A Sound of Thunder Alicia Wallenbeck Peter Hyams
Keine Lieder über Liebe (de) Ellen Lars Kraume (de) English: No Songs About Love
Tara Road Bernadette Gillies MacKinnon
Almost Heaven Helen Schuster Ed Herzog (de)
2006 Schwesterherz (de) Anna Ed Herzog (de)
2007 Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution Frau Unger Bille Eltringham
2008 Schade um das schöne Geld (de) Mirabel Blinker Lars Becker (de) TV film
2009 The Door Gia Konrads Anno Saul (de)
Dr. Hope Hope Bridges Adams Martin Enlen (de) TV film
Hilde Hildegard Knef Kai Wessel (de)
2011 Tom Sawyer (de) Aunt Polly Hermine Huntgeburth (de)
2012 Die Heimkehr (de) Katarina Endriss Jo Baier TV film
Sechzehneichen (de) Laura Hendrik Handloegten (de) TV film
2013 The Book Thief Liesel's mother Brian Percival
Sein letztes Rennen (de) Birgit Averhoff Kilian Riedhof (de)
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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