Anke Christina Fischer (née Engelke; born December 21, 1965) is a German comedian and actress born in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
Anke moved to Cologne in 1971 with her 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 (Just a moment, please) 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, Anke was married to the keyboardist Andreas Grimm with whom she has a daughter Emma Renee.
From 1996 to 2000, she played with, among others, Ingolf Lück on Die Wochenshow on Sat.1, a rather famous comedy TV program in Germany at the time.
Anke Engelke is well known for her ability to jump into different female roles, playing them very convincingly, and changing them in the blink of an eye. A very wide variety of facial expressions (which tend to the funny side) is also at her disposal. The intellectual level of her performances is rather disputed.
In 2003, Anke Engelke and Olli Dittrich were awarded the golden Adolf Grimme Prize for the improv show Blind Date 2 - Taxi nach Schweinau.
In December 2003, Engelke provided the voice of the fish Dory in the German-language version of the computer-animated film Finding Nemo, which is voiced by Ellen DeGeneres in the English-language 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, it was replaced at the same timeslot by Engelke's Anke Late Night, which was canceled a few months later on October 21, 2004, due to low viewing ratings.
Engelke is the synchronized voice-over for Marge Simpson of The Simpsons because the predecessor Elisabeth Volkmann died in the summer of 2006. Elisabeth Volkmann was the synchronized voice-over for 15 years until her death. Engelke first synchronized in the episode "My Fair Laddy", which was aired on January 21, 2007, in Germany.