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Anke Christina Engelke

(1965-12-21) December 21, 1965 (age 55)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other namesAnke Christina Fischer
OccupationComedian, actress
Years active1979–present
Andreas Grimm
(m. 1994;div. 2005)

Claus Fischer
(m. 2005)
Children1 daughter, 2 sons

Anke Christina Fischer (née Engelke; born 21 December 1965) is a Canadian-German comedian, actress and voice-over actress born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Early life and career

Engelke moved to Cologne in 1971 with her German parents. Early on, she exhibited singing talent, and was discovered in 1978 by Georg Bossert at a performance of her school's choir.

From 1979 to 1986, she was the presenter of the daily children's television show broadcast from the Funkausstellung (a German radio exhibition, held every other year in Berlin), and the weekly children and youth's sports magazine show Pfiff. From 1978 to 1980, she hosted the show Moment mal (Wait a minute) on RTL. SWF3 first brought her on board in 1986 as an editor; later on, she was the presenter there until 1998. She has sung with Fred Kellner und die famosen Soul Sisters since 1989. Since 1993, she has been part of the SWF3-Comedy-Ensemble Gagtory.

From 1994 to 2000, Engelke was married to the keyboardist Andreas Grimm with whom she has a daughter. Currently she is married to musician Claus Fischer with whom she has two sons.

From 1996 to 2000, she was part of Die Wochenshow on Sat.1, a rather famous comedy TV show in Germany at that time, alongside Bastian Pastewka, Ingolf Lück and Marco Rima.

In 2003, Anke Engelke and Olli Dittrich were awarded the Grimme-Preis for the improv show Blind Date 2 - Taxi nach Schweinau.

In December 2003, Engelke provided the voice of the fish Dory in the German dubbing of the computer-animated film Finding Nemo , which is voiced by Ellen DeGeneres in the English original. She also provided the voice of Jane Porter in the German dubbing of the Disney movie Tarzan , who is voiced by Minnie Driver in the original version.

Engelke can also be seen in the successful sketch comedy show Ladykracher on Sat.1. On May 17, 2004, when the very successful Die Harald Schmidt Show left Sat.1, Engelke took over its timeslot with Anke Late Night , which was cancelled due to low ratings a few months later on October 21, 2004.

Engelke is the German voice of Marge Simpson on The Simpsons since her predecessor Elisabeth Volkmann died in the summer of 2006. Elisabeth Volkmann was Marge's German voice for 15 years until her death. Engelke's first episode was "My Fair Laddy", which aired in Germany on January 21, 2007. [1]

In December 2009 she hosted the European Film Awards ceremony, a role she would repeat in 2010, 2011 and 2012. [2]

In May 2011, she hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf alongside Stefan Raab and Judith Rakers. [3]

The following year, Engelke served as the spokesperson for Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Before presenting the votes, she also gave a live statement on the human-rights issues in the hosting country, saying: "Tonight nobody could vote for their own country. But it is good to be able to vote. And it is good to have a choice. Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. Europe is watching you." She was the only spokesperson to articulately address human rights during the event. She had also served as one of Germany's national juries for the contest during that year. [4] [5] [6]

In February 2013, her involvement with the Eurovision Song Contest continued as she hosted Unser Song für Malmö , the German national final.



2001 Der Schuh des Manitu Abahachi and Winnetouch's mother(extended edition)
The Little Polar Bear Mutter Eisbär(voice)
2003Operation Dance SensationVeronica Rell
Just Get Married!Ina
Finding NemoDori(German voice-dub)
2004GermanikusSenator's wife
Der WixxerDoris Dubinsky
2005 About the Looking for and the Finding of Love  [ de ]Helena Stokowski
The Little Polar Bear 2: The Mysterious IslandIguanita/Frieda(voice)
2006 Urmel aus dem Eis Wutz
Oh, wie schön ist PanamaFish
2007 The Simpsons Movie Marge Simpson
Complete IdiotOwl
2008Urmel voll in FahrtWutz(voice)
Freche MädchenMila's mother
2009Lippels TraumFrau Jakob / Böse Tante
2010Freche Mädchen 2Mila's mother
2015 Frau Müller muss weg! Jessica Höfel
Ghosthunters on Icy Trails Hetty Cuminseed
2017Happy BurnoutAlexandra
Nur ein Tag(voice)
2018 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Cyril's mother


19962000 Die Wochenshow Host and sketchesGerman Television Award for Best Entertainment Program shared with Ingolf Lück, Bastian Pastewka, Markus Maria Profitlich, Ralf Guenther and Josef Ballerstaller (1999)
German Comedy Award for Best Comedy/Variety Show shared with Josef Ballerstaller, Rainer Bender, Ralf Guenther, Ingolf Lück, Bastian Pastewka and Marco Rima (1999)
Goldene Kamera-Audience Camera (1999)
Adolf Grimme Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement (1999)
1997 Tatort AnkeEpisode: "Tod im All"
1998...und im Keller gärt esEpisodes: "Umbau", "Klapsmühle", "Prinz"
2001Blind DateYvonne
20002001 Anke AnkeGerman Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian (2000–2001)
2002Blind Date 2 - Taxi nach SchweinauRuthBavarian TV Award shared with Olli Dittrich (2003)
Adolf Grimme Award in Gold for Fiction/Entertainment shared with Olli Dittrich (2003)
Nominated-German Television Award for Best Comedy Program shared with Olli Dittrich (2002)
Blind Date 3 - Der fünfbeinige ElefantConstanze Pillmann
20022010 Ladykracher Various RolesGerman Television Award for Best Comedy Program (2002)
German Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian (2002)
German Comedy Award for Best Comedy/Variety Show shared Ralf Guenther and Josef Ballerstaller
Golden Rose for Best Performance - Comedy - Female (2004)
Nominated-German Comedy Award for Best Comedian (2003)
Nominated-Goldene Kamera for Best Entertainment Show (2009)
2003 Lindenstraße Conny / ModeratorinEpisode: "Heldentum"
Blind Date 4 - London, MoabitCaroline
2004Blind Date 5 - Blaues GeheimnisSonja Mette
Anke Late Night Host and sketches43 episodes
2005Blind Date 6 - Tanzen verbotenElke
20062007LadyLandAndrea Steinkamp / various other roles11 episodes
20062009 Pastewka Anke Engelke3 episodes
2007–present the Simpsons Marge SimpsonGerman voice
2007Fröhliche WeihnachtenAnneliese / Mario Barth / Nina Hagen / Shakira / various other rolesGerman Comedy Award for Best Comedy Event shared with Bastian Pastewka (2008)
Bavarian TV Award shared with Bastian Pastewka (2008)
Adolf Grimme Award for Entertainment shared with Bastian Pastewka (2008)
Nominated-German Television Award for Best Comedy shared with Bastian Pastewka (2008)
20072010Komissarin LucasRike8 episodes
2008MitternachtsspitzenAmy Winehouse / Frau SchmicklerEpisode: "20 Jahre Mitternachtsspitzen"
2009Fröhliche Weihnachten IIVarious roles
22nd European Film Awards Anke Engelke
2010 23rd European Film Awards host with Märt Avandi
2011Fröhlicher FrühlingVarious roles
Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Anke Engelkehost with Stefan Raab and Judith Rakers
24th European Film Awards
2012 Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Spokesperson presenting German votes. National jury for Germany.
25th European Film Awards
2013 Unser Song für Malmö
Anke hat ZeitOriginally titled Helge hat Zeit and presented by Helge Schneider who terminated his version of the show after 2 episodes
2018 Deutschland 86 Barbara Dietrich7 episodes


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This article is based on the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia (retrieved February 3, 2004).

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Preceded by
Flag of Norway.svg Nadia Hasnaoui, Haddy N'jie and Erik Solbakken
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
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Succeeded by
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Leyla Aliyeva, Nargiz Berk-Petersen and Eldar Gasimov