Katharina Thalbach

Katharina Thalbach

Darstellerin, Regie
*19.01.1954 Berlin (Ost)

Biography

Katharina Thalbach, born January 19, 1954, in Berlin, is the daughter of an actress and a director. She made her TV debut already at the age of four and starred in several children's parts. From 1969 on, Thalbach performed at Berliner Ensemble and from 1972 on at Volksbühne Berlin. During the mid-1970s, Thalbach starred in two films by Egon Günther. In the role of Ottilie, she outplayed leading actress Lilli Palmer in "Lotte in Weimar" and starred in her first leading role as Lotte in "Die Leiden des jungen Werther" ("The Sorrows of Young Werther") in 1976. Thalbach also left East Germany in that year and went to West Berlin together with Thomas Brasch.

Besides her success at the theatre, Thalbach became known for her innocent, yet sexy and experienced air in several important films: In Margarethe von Trotta's "Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages" ("The Second Awakening of Christa Klages"), Thalbach played a bank accountant who pursues a bank robber on her own account. She also starred as little Oskar's young stepmother and lover Maria in Volker Schlöndorff's "Die Blechtrommel" ("The Tin Drum"). Thalbach played her most important parts in films by Thomas Brasch. In Brasch's debut film "Engel aus Eisen" ("Angels of Iron"), Thalbach starred in the leading part of Lisa Gabler who was a member of the – authentic – Gladow gang that utilised the unstable conditions in the early post war years for a series of robberies in the politically divided Berlin.

To this day, Katharina Thalbach is still seen regularly in films and TV productions. She for instance starred in Doris Dörrie's "Paradies" ("Paradise" 1986), in Mika Kaurismäki's "Helsinki Napoli" ("Helsinki-Naples All Night Long" 1987), in Thomas Brasch's "Der Passagier – Welcome to Germany" ("The Passenger - Welcome to Germany" 1987/88), in Thomas Mitscherlich's "Die Denunziantin" ("The Denunciation" 1992/93), in Leander Haussmann's "Sonnenallee" ("Sun Alley" 1998/99), or in Heinrich Breloer's TV movie "Die Manns – Ein Jahrhundertroman" (2000/01).

Between 2004 and 2008 in particular, Thalbach (partly in supporting roles) starred in a series of top-class and ambitious movie productions, including Leander Haußmann's comedy "NVA" as well as his Schiller adaptation "Kabale und Liebe", Didi Danquart's "Offset", and Detlev Buck's highly praised children's film "Hände weg von Mississippi" ("Hands Off Mississippi").

Thalbach played one of her most important parts under "Blechtrommel" director Volker Schlöndorff: In "Strajk – Die Heldin von Danzig" ("Strike", 2006), Thalbach portrayed the legendary Polish trade unionist Agnieszka. She was also critically praised for her performance in the social comedy "Du bist nicht allein" (2007), directed by Bernd Böhlich – with whom Thalbach collaborated again one year later for the romantic comedy "Der Mond und andere Liebhaber".

The following year, she played alongside Henry Hübchen in the TV crime drama "Commissario Laurenti - Der Tod wirft lange Schatten". She also appeared in Jo Baier's period piece "Henri 4" (2010), the children's film "Hanni & Nanni" (2010), Til Schweiger's box office hit "Kokowääh" (2011 and the drama "Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland", which premiered in the competition of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2012, Thalbach played the aged King Friedrich in "Friedrich - Ein deutscher König" (TV), reprised her role as French teacher Mademoiselle Bertoux in the sequel "Hanni & Nanni 2", appeared as a woman with a dark secret in the psychological thriller "Du hast es versprochen" ("Forgotten"), was the mother of mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauß in "Die Vermessung der Welt" ("Measuring the World") and portrayed Queen Marie of Bavaria in "Ludwig II". Moreover, she voiced characters in the animation features "Der Mondmann" ("Moon Man") and "Der kleine Rabe Socke".

The following year turned out to be equally busy for the actress, who appeared in the fantasy epic "Rubinrot" ("Ruby Red"), the satire "Der Minister" and the comedy "Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee", and also returned for "Hanni & Nanni 3".

Continuing her success with child-friendly family fare, Thalbach had starring roles in "Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten" ("The Pasta Detectives"), the fantasy film "Saphirblau" ("Sapphire Blue") and in Til Schweiger's box office success "Honig im Kopf". Thalbach next shone in the role of an employee of a bankrupt drugstore chain who teams up with her colleagues to take their corrupt boss hostage in Uwe Janson's "Die Schlikkerfrauen" (2014). In 2015, she reprised her role of the mischievous Ellie Wandbek for "Rico, Oskar und das Herzgebreche" ("The Pasta Detectives 2") and played a supporting role "Ich bin dann mal weg", the screen adaptation of Hape Kerkeling's eponymous bestselling novel.

Thalbach's daughter Anna (born 1973) is also a film and TV actress.

Filmography

2016/2017 Hanni & Nanni - Mehr als beste Freunde
Cast
 
2015/2016 Wir sind die Rosinskis
Cast
 
2015/2016 Bibi und Tina 3 - Mädchen gegen Jungs
Cast
 
2015/2016 Smaragdgrün
Cast
 
2014/2015 Ich bin dann mal weg
Cast
 
2014/2015 Rico, Oskar und das Herzgebreche
Cast
 
2014/2015 Taxi
Cast
 
2014 Honig im Kopf
Cast
 
2013/2014 Saphirblau
Cast
 
2013/2014 Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten
Cast
 
2013/2014 Stille Nächte
Cast
 
2013-2015 Der kleine Rabe Socke 2 - Das große Rennen
Voice
 
2013 Besuch im Wald
Cast
 
2012/2013 Hanni & Nanni 3
Cast
 
2012/2013 Rubinrot
Cast
 
2012/2013 Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee
Cast
 
2011/2012 Ludwig II.
Cast
 
2011/2012 Die Vermessung der Welt
Cast
 
2011/2012 Der kleine Rabe Socke
Voice
 
2011/2012 Hanni & Nanni 2
Cast
 
2010/2011 Kokowääh
Cast
 
2010-2012 Du hast es versprochen
Cast
 
2009/2010 Hanni & Nanni
Cast
 
2009-2012 Der Mondmann
Voice
 
2009-2011 Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
Cast
 
2008-2010 Henri 4
Cast
 
2007/2008 Der Mond und andere Liebhaber
Cast
 
2006/2007 Hände weg von Mississippi
Cast
 
2006/2007 Du bist nicht allein
Cast
 
2006/2007 Fürchte dich nicht
Cast
 
2005/2006 Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig
Cast
 
2005/2006 Nicht alle waren Mörder
Cast
 
2005/2006 Offset
Cast
 
2005/2006 Der Räuber Hotzenplotz
Cast
 
2005/2006 Pommery und Leichenschmaus
Cast
 
2005-2007 Die drei Räuber
Voice
 
2005 Wutz & Wiebke
Voice
 
2005 Kabale und Liebe
Cast
 
2004/2005 NVA
Cast
 
2004/2005 Pommery & Hochzeitstorte
Cast
 
2004/2005 Die kleine Monsterin
Voice
 
2004 Ein Wunder, bitte!
Cast
 
2002/2003 Till Eulenspiegel
Voice
 
2002/2003 Born und die Frauen
Cast
 
2002-2004 König der Diebe
Cast
 
2002 Pommery & Putenbrust
Cast
 
2002 Frag' nicht nach Sonnenschein
Cast
 
2001 Die Manns - Ein Jahrhundertroman
Cast
 
2001 Abschied
Cast
 
2000/2001 Goebbels und Geduldig
Cast
 
1999/2000 Die Scheekönigin
Cast
 
1998/1999 Sonnenallee
Cast
 
1998/1999 Der Vulkan
Cast
 
1998 Der Eisbär
Cast
 
1997/1998 Solo für Klarinette
Cast
 
1997/1998 Caipiranha
Cast
 
1997/1998 Crash
Cast
 
1997 Der Hauptmann von Köpenick
Cast
 
1997 Die Rättin
Cast
 
1997 Back in Trouble
Cast
 
1997 Das 7. Jahr - Ansichten zur Lage der Nation
Director
 
1997 Scarmour
Cast
 
1997 Père Ubu
Voice
 
1996 Gefährliche Freundin
Cast
 
1995/1996 Unter die Haut
Cast
 
1995/1996 Stille Nacht
Cast
 
1995/1996 Bismarckpolka
Cast
 
1995-1997 Die Furchtlosen Vier
Voice
 
1994/1995 Liebe, Leben, Tod
Cast
 
1994 Mein lieber Mann
Cast
 
1993/1994 Alles auf Anfang
Cast
 
1992/1993 Kaspar Hauser
Cast
 
1992/1993 Die Denunziantin
Cast
 
1992 Benno Besson - Der fremde Freund
Cast, Participation
 
1991/1992 Die Lügnerin
Cast
 
1991-1993 Lilien in der Bank
Cast
 
1989/1990 Der achte Tag
Cast
 
1988/1989 Follow me
Cast
 
1987/1988 Der Passagier - Welcome to Germany
Cast
 
1987 Kitsch. Eine Lyrics-Revue
Cast
 
1987 z.B. Otto Spalt
Cast
 
1987 Helsinki Napoli - All Night Long
Cast
 
1987 Die Kraft der Frauen steckt in ihrer Phantasie. Hans W. Geißendörfer und seine Filme
Participation
 
1986/1987 Close Up
Cast
 
1986 Paradies
Cast
 
1985/1986 Flucht in den Norden
Cast
 
1984/1985 Väter und Söhne
Cast
 
1984/1985 Traumspuren
Cast
 
1983 Glut
Cast
 
1982-1984 Friedliche Tage
Cast
 
1981/1982 Domino
Cast
 
1980/1981 Engel aus Eisen
Cast
 
1980 Das Käthchen von Heilbronn
Cast
 
1980 Mosch
Cast
 
1978/1979 Theodor Chindler
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die Blechtrommel
Cast
 
1977/1978 Winterspelt 1944
Cast
 
1977/1978 Fluchtweg nach Marseille
Participation
 
1977/1978 Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages
Cast
 
1976 Die Leiden des jungen Werthers
Cast
 
1975/1976 Das blaue Licht
Cast
 
1975 Im Schlaraffenland
Cast
 
1974/1975 Lotte in Weimar
Cast
 
1974 Die Frauen der Wardins
Cast
 
1973/1974 Johannes Kepler
Cast
 
1973/1974 Die Wahlverwandtschaften
dubbed by
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Cast
 
1971/1972 Es ist eine alte Geschichte
Cast
 
1964 Der Neue. Teil II
Cast
 
1963 Der Neue. Teil I
Cast
 
1962 Die letzte Chance
Cast
 
1960 Gerichtet bei Nacht
Cast