Elke Winkens

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Elke Winkens (2015)

Elke Winkens, née Fischer (born 25 March 1970 in Linnich) is an Austrian-German actress. She grew up in the Netherlands in the district Ratheim in Hückelhoven. Because of her father's work the family had moved to the Netherlands and Belgium; for some time she also resided in Africa.[1] At the age of six she took ballet classes and at the age of nine she started performing on stage. Afterwards she performed in many dance and theater acts. From 1978 to 1986 she was a professional gymnast and won several titles in floor exercise.[2]

At the age of eighteen she got a scholarship at the London Studio Center School in London, where she was stationed between 1989 and 1991. Then she moved to Vienna and participated in the Musical School at the Theater Vienna where she studied song, dance and acting. Later she joined the cabaret performance group Die Hektiker, this is where Winkens got her first attention from media. She got her first TV acting job in the series Cell-O-Fun which was broadcast between 1996 and 1997, and then the series called One in 1998. In 2002 she acted in the crime series Kommisar Rex where she played the character Niki Herzog.[3]

Elke Winkens in 2009

In 2003 Winkens posed for the German edition of Playboy magazine.[4] And in 2008 she participated in the celebrity dancing show Dancing Stars which was broadcast on ORF.[5] She was voted off just one week from the final.[6]


  1. ^ Daniela Giess. "Hückelhoven: Elke Winkens Gast in der alten Heimat". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Der Spiegel 24 September 2004 Elke Winkens: Titel im Bodenturnen erringen
  3. ^ Kommissar Rex einsatz fuer Elke Winkens ots.at Retrieved 16 April 2016
  4. ^ "Elke Winkens - Playboy November 2003 (11-2003) Germany". Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  5. ^ news networld Internetservice GmbH. "- Elke Winkens ist raus: Semifinal-Show derDancing Stars lässt". news.at. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Daniela Giess. "Hückelhoven: Opernball mit Elke Winkens". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 

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