Melika Foroutan (born 1976 in Tehran, Iran) is a German actress.
Melika Foroutan is the daughter of a German mother and an Iranian father and sister of German social scientist Naika Foroutan. Foroutan's parents met in the 1970s in Paris, where her father studied filmography and her mother worked as an au-pair. Later they moved to Boppard (am Rhein), where Melika's mother hails from and had two children, their youngest daughter however, Melika, was born in Tehran, where her father hailed from, and where the young family had moved to priorly. While in Iran her mother worked at Daimler-Benz in Tehran, while her father, who refused to work on propaganda movies for the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, worked as a football coach, including for half a year as coach of the Iranian national football team. In 1981, following the Iranian Revolution, when Melika was still a child, the family decisively moved to Boppard, Germany.
Melika Foroutan was raised in Boppard. When she was younger, she worked as a waiter in her father's restaurant, as well as in other places. That she wanted to become an actress, she did not know in childhood, although she acted accordingly. At the age of eleven she then played in a school theater group. She studied philosophy, English, and History from 1995 to 1998 at the University of Cologne, and finished between 1999-2003 a drama studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. In the year of 2003/2004 she was occupied at the city theater of Leipzig.
She is well known, amongst other reasons, for her role in the detective Commissioner playing the role of Sylvia Henke in the crime series KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst, which was awarded with the German Film Prize as the best German series in 2007. In 2008 she starred alongside Mišel Matičević the lead role in the film adaptation of Frank Schätzing's novel The Dark Side. During the same year she starred in Wim Wenders' Palermo Shooting. In the 2011 two-parter The man with the bassoon, which tells the story of Udo Jürgens' family, she played the wife of Jürgens' grandfather Heinrich Bockelmann.
Melika Foroutan is married and currently lives in Berlin.
- 2000: Für dich mein Herz
- 2004: SK Kölsch – Von Bullen und Butlern
- 2004: Blond: Eva Blond! – Der Zwerg im Schließfach
- 2004: Das Zimmermädchen und der Millionär
- 2005–2007: Der Fürst und das Mädchen
- 2006: Ein starkes Team – Dunkle Schatten
- 2006: Vogel im Käfig
- 2006: Alles über Anna
- 2006: Die Sitte – Die Unwiderstehlichen
- 2006: Krieg der Frauen
- 2006: Wut
- 2007: Bittersüsses Nichts
- 2007: Drei Reisende (Kurzfilm)
- 2007–2010: KDD – Kriminaldauerdienst
- 2008: Nachtschicht – Ich habe Angst
- 2008: Die dunkle Seite
- 2008: Lutter – Ein toter Bruder
- 2008: Palermo Shooting
- 2009: The Happy Return – Piraten
- 2009: Der Kapitän – Packeis
- 2009: 66/67: Fairplay Is Over
- 2009: Flemming – Der Tag ohne gestern
- 2010: Stolberg (TV series) – Familienbande
- 2010: Wilsberg – Gefahr im Verzug
- 2011: Vorstadtkrokodile 3
- 2011: Ein starkes Team – Tödliches Schweigen
- 2011: Von Mäusen und Lügen
- 2011: Der Duft von Holunder
- 2011: Der Mann mit dem Fagott
- 2011: Es ist nicht vorbei
- 2011: Unter Verdacht – Persönliche Sicherheiten
- 2011: Und dennoch lieben wir – Regie: Matthias Tiefenbacher (Fernsehfilm)
- 2012: Die Chefin – Verstrickung
- 2012: Das Ende einer Nacht
- 2012: Schief gewickelt
- 2013: Die Kronzeugin – Mord in den Bergen (Fernsehfilm)
- 2013: Flaschenpost an meinen Mann
- 2013: Weissensee
- 2013: Unter Feinden
- 2014: Das Attentat Sarajevo 1914
- 2014: Das Lächeln der Frauen
- 2014: Die Mamba
- 2015: Begierde - Mord im Zeichen des Zen
- 2015 Hessischer Fernsehpreis for her role in Begierde - Mord im Zeichen des Zen.