Jan Josef Liefers

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Jan Josef Liefers
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-1104-032, Berlin, Demonstration, Rede Jan-Josef Liefers.jpg
Liefers speaks at the Demonstration at 4 November 1989 in Berlin
Jan Josef Liefers

(1964-08-08) 8 August 1964 (age 57)
Years active1986–present
  • Alexandra Tabakow
  • (divorced)
  • Anna Loos
  • (2004–present)

Jan Josef Liefers (born 8 August 1964), is a German actor, producer, director and musician.


Liefers was born in Dresden, the son of director Karlheinz Liefers and actress Brigitte Liefers-Wähner. After his apprenticeship he studied at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. From 1987 until 1990 he acted at the Deutsches Theater Berlin; after this he moved to the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. His first role in cinema was Alexander von Humboldt in the East German film Die Besteigung des Chimborazo [de].

Following that, Liefers appeared in some minor film roles; however, in 1996 he achieved his breakthrough with the Helmut Dietl film Rossini – oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief [de]. He received the Bayerischer Filmpreis for his role (Bodo Kriegnitz). As a result of this success, he was awarded roles in several German films. He has been playing a pathologist in the famous serial Tatort since 2002.

Liefers is a keen motorcyclist and in 2007 started on a trip of a lifetime from Quito (Ecuador) to Patagonia in South America. Unfortunately, his trip came to a premature end when he was injured avoiding a collision with a young child who ran out in front of his motorbike. In 2008 a film of the trip called "70° West – Entscheidung in Peru" (Decision in Peru) was shown on German TV channel DMAX.[1]

In April 2021, Liefers was a leading figure of a group of German actors criticizing the coronavirus policies in Germany, with the campaign #Allesdichtmachen (“shut everything down”).[2]

Liefers married actress and singer Anna Loos in 2004. Previously he had been married to Alexandra Tabakova, a Russian actress.


Tatort – Professor Dr. Karl Friedrich Boerne[edit]

Jan Josef Liefers as "Professor Dr. Karl Friedrich Boerne", 2019

In the German television series Tatort, Liefers plays Professor Dr. Karl Friedrich Boerne, the director of the "Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensics" at the University of Münster. The witty scientist loves his job and enjoys life to the fullest, often without considering the feelings of others. Karl-Friedrich Boerne loves the good things in life, plays golf, fences and is fond of classical music, especially if it's loud. But what he loves most are his luxury cars (Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, etc.), which he drives without worrying too much about wrecking them, and the sound of his own voice. Boerne's irony and intellect make him seem cynical and arrogant at times, but still it's evident that there's a good heart beating inside him. His wife left him and ever since Boerne lives alone in his big city apartment. The much smaller neighbouring apartment he let to inspector Frank Thiel. But not only at home the idiosyncratic, quirky forensic physician and the quiet, down-to-earth police officer share a close partnership.

Tatort – Episodes[edit]

  • 2002: Der dunkle Fleck
  • 2002: Fakten, Fakten
  • 2003: Dreimal schwarzer Kater
  • 2003: Sag nichts
  • 2004: Mörderspiele
  • 2004: Eine Leiche zuviel
  • 2005: Der Frauenflüsterer
  • 2005: Der doppelte Lott
  • 2006: Das ewig Böse
  • 2006: Das zweite Gesicht
  • 2007: Ruhe sanft
  • 2007: Satisfaktion
  • 2008: Krumme Hunde
  • 2008: Wolfsstunde
  • 2009: Höllenfahrt
  • 2009: Tempelräuber
  • 2010: Der Fluch der Mumie
  • 2010: Spargelzeit
  • 2011: Herrenabend
  • 2011: Zwischen den Ohren [de]
  • 2012: Hinkebein
  • 2012: Das Wunder von Wolbeck
  • 2013: Summ, Summ, Summ
  • 2013: Die chinesische Prinzessin
  • 2014: Der Hammer
  • 2014: Mord ist die beste Medizin
  • 2015: Erkläre Chimäre
  • 2015: Schwanensee
  • 2016: Ein Fuß kommt selten allein
  • 2016: Feierstunde
  • 2017: Fangschuss
  • 2017: Gott Ist Auch Nur Ein Mensch
  • 2018: Schlangengrube
  • 2019: Spieglein, Spieglein
  • 2019: Lakritz
  • 2019: Väterchen Frost
  • 2020: Limbus
  • 2020: Es Lebe Der König
  • 2021: Rhythm And Love


  • Jack's Baby (1999)
  • Don't let go (2002)
  • Oblivion (2002)
  • Soundtrack meiner Kindheit (2007)

Audio books[edit]

  • 2006: Fußball unser – Das Hörbuch
  • 2006: Brigitte Hörbuch-Edition – Starke Stimmen: Die Männer – Der Reinfall
  • 2008: Jan Josef Liefers liest den Tatort Fall `Der dunkle Fleck´
  • 2009: Brigitte Hörbuch-Edition – Starke Stimmen: Die Krimis – Dr. Siri und seine Toten
  • 2009: Der Kleine Prinz: Das Hörbuch



  1. ^ "Jan Liefers Trip on DMAX (German)". Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ "#allesdichtmachen: Jan-Josef Liefers verteidigt Aktion und legt mit Kritik an Regierung nach". Frankfurter Rundschau. 24 April 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2021.

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