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).
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.
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.
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).
Makatsch was in a seven-year relationship with British actor Daniel Craig, ending in 2001.
She has two daughters, born in 2007 and 2009, with Max Martin Schröder from the German indie band Tomte.
|1996||Männerpension||Maren Krummsieg||Detlev Buck||English: Jailbirds|
|1997||Obsession||Miriam Auerbach||Peter Sehr|
|Am I Beautiful?||Vera||Doris Dörrie|
|Liebe deine Nächste!||Isolde||Detlev Buck||English: Love Your Neighbour|
|1999||Das Gelbe vom Ei||Floris Blinker||Lars Becker||TV film|
|Aimée & Jaguar||Klärchen||Max Färberböck|
|Männer und andere Katastrophen||Judith Kern||Ulli Baumann||TV film|
|Camino de Santiago||Tea||Robert Young||TV miniseries|
|Die Häupter meiner Lieben||Maja||Hans-Günther Bücking|
|2000||Longitude||Queen Charlotte||Charles Sturridge||TV film|
|The Announcement||Rumour||Troy Miller|
|2001||Late Night Shopping||Madeline Zozzocolovich||Saul Metzstein|
|A Goddamn Job||Katinka Sirena||Thorsten Wettcke|
|2002||Die Affäre Semmeling||Silke Semmeling||Dieter Wedel||TV miniseries (6 episodes)|
|Resident Evil||Dr. Lisa Addison||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Nachts im Park||Katharina Lumis||Uwe Janson|
|2003||Anatomy 2||Viktoria||Stefan Ruzowitzky|
|Love Actually||Mia||Richard Curtis|
|Das Wunder von Lengede||Renate Reger||Kaspar Heidelbach||TV film|
|2004||Familie auf Bestellung||Eva||Urs Egger||TV film|
|2005||Margarete Steiff||Margarete Steiff||Xaver Schwarzenberger||TV film|
|A Sound of Thunder||Alicia Wallenbeck||Peter Hyams|
|Keine Lieder über Liebe||Ellen||Lars Kraume||English: No Songs About Love|
|Tara Road||Bernadette||Gillies MacKinnon|
|Almost Heaven||Helen Schuster||Ed Herzog|
|2007||Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution||Frau Unger||Bille Eltringham|
|2008||Schade um das schöne Geld||Mirabel Blinker||Lars Becker||TV film|
|2009||The Door||Gia Konrads||Anno Saul|
|Dr. Hope||Hope Bridges Adams||Martin Enlen||TV film|
|Hilde||Hildegard Knef||Kai Wessel|
|2011||Tom Sawyer||Aunt Polly||Hermine Huntgeburth|
|2012||Die Heimkehr||Katarina Endriss||Jo Baier||TV film|
|Sechzehneichen||Laura||Hendrik Handloegten||TV film|
|2013||The Book Thief||Liesel's mother||Brian Percival|
|Sein letztes Rennen||Birgit Averhoff||Kilian Riedhof|
|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 (as "Heike & Dirk", soundtrack for Männerpension)
- 1997: This Girl Was Made for Loving (Soundtrack for Obsession)
- 1999: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Soundtrack for Die Häupter meiner Lieben)
Awards and nominations
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.