MELANIE WINIGER BIOGRAPHY
For her first film role in ACHTUNG, FERTIG, CHARLIE! (directed by Mike Eschmann) in 2003, Melanie Winiger earned widespread acclaim from critics and the general public. With a box office in excess of 550,000, the comedy became one of the most successful Swiss films of all time. She subsequently studied acting for two years at the renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles. In 2005 Melanie Winiger was nominated for the Undine Award in the Best Newcomer category for her debut role in ACHTUNG, FERTIG, CHARLIE! In the same year, she played the female lead in the TV social drama SONJAS RÜCKKEHR (directed by Tobias Ineichen). In Switzerland, screenings were attended by more than 600,000 cinemagoers. In 2006 Melanie Winiger won the Best Actress category of the TV Star Award and gained a nomination in the Showbusiness category at the Swiss Awards. She also appeared in the American comedy LOVE MADE EASY (directed by Peter Luisi and filmed in Los Angeles), playing the female lead alongside Oscar winner Martin Landau. She subsequently appeared in the highly regarded cinema drama BREAKOUT (directed by Mike Eschmann) in 2006, the made-for-TV film HELDIN DER LÜFTE (directed by Mike Huber) in 2007 and opposite Carlos Leal in the short film BRANDSTIFTER (directed by Felix von Muralt) in 2008. SINESTESIA (directed by Eric Bernasconi), her first motion picture in her second language of Italian, premièred at the 45th Solothurner Filmtagen festival in 2010 to widespread acclaim and positive reviews. She was nominated Best Actress at the Swiss Quartz film awards for her portrayal of Michela. In the same year Winiger took the supporting role of Angie in the Swiss-German TV film production SONNTAGSVIERER (directed by Sabine Boss). In 2010 Melanie Winiger played Luna in the German comedy RESTURLAUB (directed by Gregor Schnitzler and shot in Germany and Argentina), and portrayed the murderer Marlene in the Swiss 3D horror film ONE WAY TRIP (directed by Markus Welter). In 2013 she played the female lead in the Hollywood comedy WHO KILLED JOHNNY, directed by Yangzom Brauen. For this part she was nominated Best Actress at the HOBOKEN International Film Festival 2013 in New York. In 2014/2015 and 2016 Melanie Winiger stood in front of the camera in three German TV- and cinema productions. In Marrokko, she performed as co-lead actress Nazima on the side of Rainer Lauterbach in two sequels of the German TV-event-movie RACHE (Director: Niki Müllerschön). And in the new episodes of the ARD crime series MORDKOMMISSION ISTANBUL, Melanie plays the coroner Derya Güzel on the side of Erol Sander (Director: Marc Brummund). In the spring of 2017 the cult comedy LOMMBOCK comes to the cinemas in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. At the side of Mortitz Bleibtreu and Lucas Gregorowicz Melanie plays the Arab Businesswoman Yasemin (Director: Christian Zübert).
As a presenter, Melanie Winiger has hosted countless special events at home and abroad for more than 20 years. In 2007 Melanie Winiger presented the draw for the European Football Championship from the KKL concert hall in Lucerne, a programme that was broadcast around the world. Starting 2008 until 2015 she entertained audiences of millions at the annual live TV final draw for the UEFA Champions League in Monte Carlo. Melanie Winiger was from 2009 until 2016 co-host of the Swiss Music Awards, the annual live celebration of the Swiss music industry on the Swiss channel SRF. In 2011 she had the honour of presenting the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich. In 2014 Melanie Winiger hosted the live transmission of the UEFA EURO 2020 Announcement Ceremony in Geneva as well as the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. In the same year she went back to her roots, appearing on camera as a Missen-Akademie coach for the Miss Switzerland competition 2014.
As a brand ambassador, Melanie Winiger has spent many years personifying various national and international brands. At present she represents the global, tradition-conscious Swiss brand Geberit. From 2008 until 2015 the Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo and in 2015 / 2016 the new Berlin nutrients and beauty specialist nu3. She also acts since 2008 as brand ambassador for Coop and since 2013 as fashion designer for the fair trade label Coop Naturaline.