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Biography

Anke Engelke was born in 1965 in Montreal (Canada). She began her career as a presenter in 1979 in children's television and radio. She quickly became well-known as an actress, particularly in her funny television roles (SAT.1 Wochenshow/Ladykracher). She is now one of the most successful female entertainers in Germany. Anke Engelke appears on the big screen in numerous German motion picture productions ("Lippels Traum"/2009, "Frau Müller muss weg"/2014), provides voice-overs for major, international motion pictures and TV hits for German audiences and performs as a speaker in countless audio book productions. For years, she has been hosting film award galas and, off-stage, awakening enthusiasm among children and teenagers for museums and concert halls. She leads guided tours in the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and, for several years, has been teaching film direction students at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts. For more than ten years now, she has also been committed to her work as an ambassador for the medical relief organization "action medeor".

Between 1979 and 1985, she presented, among others, the ZDF holiday program for children and the daily children’s programs from the Broadcasting Trade Show. She was able to gain comedy experience with the “SWF 3 Gagtory” group. In addition to this, she also hosted television shows for ZDF, S3 and VIVA.

As a singer, Anke Engelke is a member of the “Fred Kellner und die famosen Soul Sisters” formation since 1989.

She was a member of the SAT.1 “Wochenshow” ensemble from April 1996 until May 2000. Every Saturday, viewers tuned into to see Anke Engelke in her numerous roles: e.g. as Ricky on the Popsofa or as the German politician Regine Hildebrandt.

In the film "Liebesluder" (Germany 2000) by Detlev Buck, Anke Engelke impersonated the worthy wife Christine.

In 2000, Anke Engelke played the lead role in "Anke – Die Comedyserie". She plays the charming and witty host of a daily talk show: an amusing glance behind the scenes of the world of television. The second series was launched in May 2001.

In October 2001, Anke Engelke hosted the "German TV Award" with Hape Kerkeling.

Since 1998 Anke Engelke presents the Christmas Gala "Danke Anke" on SAT.1, which attracts up to six million viewers. In May 2002 and 2003, she also presented the homonymous Mother's Day-Show on Sat.1.

With Olli Dittrich, Anke Engelke improvised in the ZDF-production "Blind Date" which went on the air in 2001. The second episode, which took place in a cab, received the "Adolf Grimme Award with gold" in 2003.

From 2001 to 2003, she hosted the ProSieben documentary on the award presentation for the "Rose d’Or" in Montreux.

In January 2002, Anke Engelke presented the first season of her new sketch comedy "Ladykracher". Already in September 2002, the second season of "Ladykracher" started. The "Ladykracher"-team received the "German TV Award 2002" and the "German Comedy Award 2002". Anke Engelke was awarded the "Best female comedian" for "Ladykracher" for the third time. Her sketch comedy was nominated for the "International Emmy Awards" 2002 and was proposed three years in a row for the international TV-Award "Rose d'Or". The third season of "Ladykracher" was broadcast in winter 2003 on SAT.1.

In 2004 Anke Engelke hosted the "Anke Late Night" Show on SAT.1.

In 2005 she presented for the German ProSieben-Viewers the award shows of "Golden Globes" in January and "The Academy Awards" in February.

In 2006 Anke Engelke went on air with "Ladyland", which was broadcast until June 2007 on SAT.1.

Anke has been providing the German voice for Marge Simpson since January 2007. She also plays in the crime series "Kommissarin Lucas" on ZDF. In December 2007 she was presenting a wacky parody of all Christmas shows on German television named "Fröhliche Weihnachten!" (Merry Christmas!) which was awarded the Grimmepreis.

The fourth season of Anke Engelkes Sketch-Comedy "Ladykracher" was broadcast from November 7th on in Sat.1. The fifth season was aired in 2009/2010.

She hosted the "European Film Awards" 2009 in Bochum, Germany in December 2009 and co-hosted the Award Show in Talinn, Estonia in 2010.

Once again in December 2009 Anke Engelke and Bastian Pastewka presented the show "Fröhliche Weihnachten!" (Merry Christmas!) on SAT.1. In 2011, the sixth series of her SAT.1 sketch comedy show "Ladykracher" hit the screens.

In May 2011 she hosted the "Eurovision Song Contest" in Dusseldorf alongside with Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab. The Final Show was aired on May 14th from 9 pm on ARD. In 2012, Ladykracher, series 7, was broadcast and Anke Engelke was the German head juror of the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2013, Anke Engelke presented the German heats "Our Star for Malmö" for the ARD. In the same year, the 8th series of Ladykracher was broadcast on SAT.1.

In 2015/2016 together with Charly Hübner she starred in the tv comedy "Einmal Hallig und zurück" (ndr/arte).

Anke Engelke appears on the big screen in numerous German motion picture productions (Lippels Traum/2009, "Frau Müller muss weg"/2014), provides voice-overs for major, international motion pictures and TV hits for German audiences and performs as a speaker in countless audio book productions. Together with Roger Willemsen, Anke Engelke created regularly New Year's shows in radio, musical evenings on small stages and readings on large stages for many years now. For years, she has been hosting film award galas and, off-stage, awakening enthusiasm among children and teenagers for museums and concert halls. She leads guided tours in the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and, for several years, has been teaching film direction students at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts. For more than ten years now, she has also been committed to her work as an ambassador for the medical relief organization "action medeor".

even more: www.ankeengelke.de

Nominations and Awards

2013
German Comedy Award
2012
Nominated for Grimme-Award
2011
German Comedy Award
2011
German Television Award
2011
German Television Award
2011
Star on Boulevard of the Stars in Berlin
2010
German Comedy Award
2010
German Comedy Award
2009
German Comedy Award
2009
Nominated for Golden Camera
2008
Nominated for German Comedy Award
2008
Bavarian TV Award
2007
German Comedy Award
2004
Golden Rose
2003
Silver Otto
2003
German Comedy Award
2003
Eins Live Crown (German Radio Award)
2002
German Comedy Award
2001
German Comedy Award