Anke Engelke

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

Anke Engelke
Anke Christina Engelke

(1965-12-21) December 21, 1965
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other namesAnke Christina Fischer
OccupationComedian, Actress


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.



Year Film Role Notes
2000 LiebesLuder Christine
2001 Der Schuh des Manitu Abahachi and Winnetouch's mother (extended edition)
The Little Polar Bear Mutter Eisbär (voice)
2003 Operation Dance Sensation Veronica Rell
Just Get Married! Ina
Finding Nemo Dori (German voice-dub)
2004 Germanikus Senator's wife
Der Wixxer Doris Dubinsky
2005 About the Looking for and the Finding of Love Helena Stokowski
The Little Polar Bear 2: The Mysterious Island Iguanita/Frieda (voice)
2006 Urmel aus dem Eis Wutz
Oh, wie schön ist Panama Fish
2007 The Simpsons Movie Marge Simpson
Complete Idiot Owl
2008 Urmel voll in Fahrt Wutz (voice)
Freche Mädchen Mila's mother
2009 Lippels Traum Frau Jakob / Böse Tante
2010 Freche Mädchen 2 Mila's mother
2015 Frau Müller muss weg! Jessica Höfel
Ghosthunters on Icy Trails Hetty Cuminseed
2017 Happy Burnout Alexandra
Nur ein Tag (voice)


Year Film Role Notes
19962000 Die Wochenshow Host and sketches German 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 Anke Episode: "Tod im All"
1998 ...und im Keller gärt es Episodes: "Umbau", "Klapsmühle", "Prinz"
2001 Blind Date Yvonne
20002001 Anke Anke German Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian (2000–2001)
2002 Blind Date 2 - Taxi nach Schweinau Ruth Bavarian 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 Elefant Constanze Pillmann
20022010 Ladykracher Various Roles German 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 / Moderatorin Episode: "Heldentum"
Blind Date 4 - London, Moabit Caroline
2004 Blind Date 5 - Blaues Geheimnis Sonja Mette
Anke Late Night Host and sketches 43 episodes
2005 Blind Date 6 - Tanzen verboten Elke
20062007 LadyLand Andrea Steinkamp / various other roles 11 episodes
20062009 Pastewka Anke Engelke 3 episodes
2007–present the Simpsons Marge Simpson German voice
2007 Fröhliche Weihnachten Anneliese / Mario Barth / Nina Hagen / Shakira / various other roles German 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)
20072010 Komissarin Lucas Rike 8 episodes
2008 Mitternachtsspitzen Amy Winehouse / Frau Schmickler Episode: "20 Jahre Mitternachtsspitzen"
2009 Fröhliche Weihnachten II Various roles
22nd European Film Awards Anke Engelke
2010 23rd European Film Awards host with Märt Avandi
2011 Fröhlicher Frühling Various roles
Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Anke Engelke host 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 Zeit Originally titled Helge hat Zeit and presented by Helge Schneider who terminated his version of the show after 2 episodes
2018 Deutschland 86 Barbara Dietrich 7 episodes


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

  1. "Anke Engelke spricht Marge Simpson!". ProSieben. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  2. "European Film Awards Archive". European Film Awards. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  3. "ESC 2011: Moderatoren stehen fest". Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  4. "Umstrittener Eurovision Song Contest. Danke, Anke!". Der Spiegel. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  5. "Anke's brave message to Baku. Final. 2012 Eurovision Song Contest". YouTube. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  6. "GERMAN AND FINNISH JURY VOTING REVEALED". 5 June 2012. escToday. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
Preceded by
Nadia Hasnaoui, Haddy N'jie and Erik Solbakken
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab)
Succeeded by
Leyla Aliyeva, Nargiz Berk-Petersen and Eldar Gasimov
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