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Anke Engelke is a versatile and accomplished German comedian, actress, and voice artist. She has gained widespread recognition for her wit, humor, and exceptional talent. Here’s a brief account of Anke Engelke’s biography, career, family, and education.

NameAnke Christina Fischer
BornDecember 21, 1965
BirthplaceMontréal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationComedian, actress, voice artist
Years Active1978–present
SpouseClaus Fischer (m. 1994; div. 2005)
EducationHigh school diploma, self-taught in languages

Early Life and Education

Anke Engelke was born on December 21, 1965, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, as Anke Christina Fischer. Her family moved to Germany when she was a child. Her father, Peter Engelke, is a German and her mother, Inge Engelke, is a Czech immigrant. Anke Engelke has two siblings, a sister named Susanne and a brother named Tom.

Engelke completed her high school diploma in Germany. She is fluent in English, French, and Dutch, having taught herself these languages.


Anke Engelke began her career in the entertainment industry at the young age of 13, when she appeared on the German children’s television show “Rudi Carrell Show” in 1978. In 1986, she joined the German music and comedy show “Die Wochenshow” as a writer and performer.

In the late 1990s, Engelke gained wider recognition as a comedian through her work on the satirical news show “ZDF Heute Nacht” and the comedy sketch show “Ladykracher.” “Ladykracher” ran for eight seasons from 2002 to 2013 and earned Engelke several awards for her work, including the German Comedy Award and the Rose d’Or.

As an actress, Engelke has appeared in various German TV series and films such as “Manta, Manta” (1991), “Der Wixxer” (2004), and “Fraktus” (2012). She has also lent her voice to numerous animated characters, including Marge Simpson in the German version of “The Simpsons Movie” (2007) and Dory in the German version of “Finding Nemo” (2003) and “Finding Dory” (2016).

In 2011, Engelke hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany, showcasing her multilingual skills and her ability to connect with international audiences.

Personal Life

Anke Engelke married musician Claus Fischer in 1994, with whom she has three children. The couple divorced in 2005.

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