Heike Makatsch was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. At the age of 16, she debuted as the host of Viva, a music channel. Later, she would grace the screens of Bravo TV. Producer Detlev Buck realized her potential and persuaded Heike to transition to the world of cinema. Her striking penchant for the unusual marked films like Jailbirds (1996), Love your neighbour (1998) and Aimee & Jaguar (1999).
Far from being a one-trick pony, Heike, with her versatile performance, would be considered a true chameleon. Juggling thrillers like Resident Evil (2002) and Anatomy 2 (2003) with romantic comedies like Love Actually (2003), Heike breached acting stereotypes and achieved national and international acclaim. But if Heike still needed to convince the public of her talents, the role of Margarete Steiff in the eponymous television film of the same name garnered recognition from her peers. Along with an Emmy nomination, she received a Bambi and Bayerischer TVpreis award.
A multi-talented beauty, Heike Makatsch published a novel recounting her thoughts during the filming of No Songs About Love (2005). In 2006, Heike, a supporter of humanitarian causes, became the ambassador of Oxfam International, an organization that strives to fight hunger and social poverty.