|Estimated value:||€1.5 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||presenter, actor|
Christian Ulmen is a multi-talented man who is at home in Germany’s radio, press and television world. He started his career as a moderator, is an entertainer, actor, publicist, director and entrepreneur. Currently, many know him from the cult series Jerks, in which he plays himself alongside Fahri Yardim and encounters the adversities in life with dark black humor. Ulmen is in a relationship with former moderator Collin Ulmen-Fernandes.
Ulmen was born in Neuwied and grew up in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. His interest in journalism and his sense of humor brought him to radio early on. Already in his youth he worked for Radio Hamburg and two other radio stations. The program “Unter Ulmen”, with which he would later be successful on the music channel MTV, was also broadcast monthly on the Offener Kanal Hamburg.
After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the subject of Protestant theology at the University of Hamburg, as this course does not have a numerus clausus and Ulmen’s Abitur, with an average of 3.6, left few other options. However, he did not start his studies because the music TV broadcaster MTV offered him a job.
Christian Ulmen started his career as a presenter at MTV Europe. For this he moved to London and moderated in English. He used the unmistakable German accent as a stylistic device, which brought him sympathy points in England, but was received negatively in Germany.
From 1998, MTV broadcast its own program in Germany and Christian Ulmen switched back to his mother tongue. In Germany, he was an MTV presenter from the very beginning. With the programs “MTV HOT”, “MTV Alarm” and “Live aus Berlin”, he set the first accents. However, due to differences with program management, Ulmen left MTV in 1999.
After the first phase at MTV, Ulmen switched to writing and worked for various print media. At the same time he returned to radio and was heard on both Radio Fritz and 1Live.
However, the separation from MTV did not last long and in 2000 Ulmen returned to the music station. His show “Unter Ulmen” was quite successful in Germany.
Christian Ulmen also cuts a fine figure as an actor. He was able to record a great success with the cinema film “Herr Lehmann”, in which he played the leading role, right from his first film. The critics praised his acting talent and he was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize.
Ulmen acted in numerous films. In films such as “Elementary Particles”, “Maria, he doesn’t like it”, “Men’s Hearts” and “Who believes it will be blessed”, he demonstrated his always humorous, true-to-life manner and was very popular with the public.
TV stations were also interested in the approachable actor. In 2005 he starred in the reality show “My New Friend” on Pro Sieben. In 2007 he was in “Dr. Psycho”, also Pro Sieben, to see. He also received several awards for this role.
The internet offered elms a new playground. He published a few clips on the ulmen.tv website, in which he slipped into well-known roles. With the company Ulmen Television GmbH, founded in 2008, Ulmen produces various formats and advertisements.
Some of his productions have been broadcast by TV stations, such as the series “DIE SNOBS- You can do it without you”. The late-night show “Stuckrad Late Night” from 2010 was also produced by Christian Ulmen. In 2009 he founded Ulmen Film GmbH, a production company specializing in feature films.
Ulmen has even been on the road as a crime scene commissioner since 2012. Together with fellow actor Nora Tschirner, the two form the investigative team Lessing and Dorn. The Weimeraner Tatort enjoys great popularity.
Ulmen is currently celebrating what is probably his greatest success with the Jerks series, in which he plays a fictional version of himself.
But the likeable guy next door is not only successful as an actor and producer.
He also worked as a columnist for various print media and wrote about social issues for Die Zeit, Tagesspiegel and Neon, among others.
Ulmen received numerous good reviews and awards for his acting achievements. He received the Bavarian Film Prize for his debut in the leading role in “Herr Lehmann”. He received this again in 2007 for the role in Dr. Psycho. In 2019 he received the Golden Cup for Best Actor in the International Competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival for the film “Maria, he doesn’t like it”.
In 2011 he received the Bambi for his performance in Men’s Hearts.
“When people recognize me and expect me to do something crazy, I’m always happy to disappoint them.”
“No, the radiant hero, that’s boring. I like it better when the character doubts himself a bit and gets away with it in the end. There’s something heroic about that.”
“I grew up very middle-class. I’m more the victim of an intact childhood. I was totally dependent when I left home.”
Christian Ulmen has a child from his first marriage. He has another daughter with Collin Ulmen-Fernandes.
Ulmen states that he was very ashamed as a child. Today he can look at this shame with humor.
|Estimated value:||€1.5 million|