Ursula Karven, previously Ursula Karven-Veres (born Ursula Ganzenmüller 17 September 1964 in Ulm) is a German actress, writer, model and yoga instructor.
Karven has acted in numerous German television films and series.
On June 16, 2001, Karven made international headlines when her four-year-old son, Daniel, drowned at a birthday party in the swimming pool of American musician Tommy Lee in Santa Monica.
She was married to James Veres and has two other children.
Karven began practicing yoga when she was 30, and has published several books and DVDs promoting and demonstrating yoga-based exercises.
Ursula Ganzenmüller, later known by the stage name of Ursula Karven, was born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, on 17 September 1964. Her big screen debut came in 1984, at age 20, with the participation in film Ein irres Feeling, directed by Nikolai Müllerschön.
In 1986, she appeared for the first time on television in an episode of the thirteenth season of the television series Derrick, titled "The Eyewitness" (Der Augenzeuge).
In 1994 she participated in the television series Elbflorenz, in which she plays the role of Katja Böhling.
In June 2001, her son Daniel (born in 1997 and had since lived with James Veres) drowned in the pool of the villa musician Tommy Lee (husband of Pamela Anderson) in Santa Monica during a birthday party. Lee ended up on trial for negligence and was later acquitted.
The following year she returned to cinema and was devoted to films such as criminal Impact. Later, in 2006, she was the star of the television series M.E.T.R.O. – Ein Team auf Leben und Tod, where she played the role of Katharina Hansen.
In 2012, at age 47, she posed for the cover of Playboy magazine.
The following year she starred in the TV movie Nicht mit mir, Liebling. In the film, directed by Thomas Nennstiel, the actress plays the role of Nina von der Heyden.
Ursula Karven lived with her family for a few years in Florida and later lived on the island of Majorca, Spain. As well as acting, Karven markets her own line of baby products and a maternity clothing range called "Bellybutton". In 2010 she moved from Mallorca to Berlin.
She is the former wife of producer James Veres, who, in addition to Daniel, has two other sons, Christopher (born in 1994) and Liam Taj (born in 2003).