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Ulrike Folkerts (born 14 May 1961 in Kassel, Hesse, Germany) is a German actress. She is most famous for playing police officer Lena Odenthal in the German crime television series Tatort. The episodes are located in the town of Ludwigshafen.

Folkerts, who is openly lesbian, participated in the Gay Games 2002 in Sydney and won a silver and bronze medal in the swimming relay. In the single competition she was disqualified because of a false start.[1] In July 2004 she won a bronze medal at the EuroGames in München.[2]

On the stage, in 2005 and 2006 she was the first woman to play Death in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's version of Everyman, Jedermann, at the Salzburg Festival.

In October 2008 Folkert's first book "Glück gefunden" (Happiness found) was published. The book was co-written by Folkert's partner Katharina Schnitzler, who is an artist.

Folkerts and Schnitzler currently live in Berlin.


  1. ^ Löffler, Anne-Katrin (August 11, 2002). "Navratilova ist die große Ausnahme" (in German). Der Tagesspiegel.;art272,1987277. Retrieved 2007-10-27.  
  2. ^ "First day swimming results for actress Ulrike Folkerts". EuroGames. July 31, 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-27.  

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