Actor and doctor

My passion for football:

The Munich native spends as much of her free time as possible with her family, but sport comes a close second. The actor boasts huge reserves of physical energy, which she releases with regular running and yoga. Sport enables her to leave behind the stresses and strains of everyday life, to relax and top up her energy levels. Furtwangler, who personally supports a range of charitable initiatives, is most impressed with the integrative power of a team sport such as football.

I’m looking forward to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 because…

“we can expect some fantastic performances, with vast crowds sent into raptures by the skill of the principal characters and the one-off random drama of a football match, releasing a rare and all-encompassing wave of emotion."

Career highlights:

Trained as an actor, studied medicine. Thesis on the psychological effects of abortions on later pregnancies published in 1996, followed by career as a doctor in Munich. Return to her passion for acting with a role in the TV series Die glückliche Familie (Happy Family), and has played a commissioner in hit series Tatort (Crime Scene) since 2002. Many film roles and awards, including the Siegfried-Lowitz Prize for theatre (2005), German TV Prize for Best Actress in the Tatort episodes “Pauline" and “Das namenlose Mädchen" (The Girl With No Name) (2007), DIVA Award for the lead role in Die Flucht (Escape). Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2003 for her work with charitable foundation Doctors for Developing Countries.