Ilse in the red and brown top
PERFORMER Ilse Biberti
DEBUT 1980

Ilse was one of the main characters on Sesamstrasse, the German version of Sesame Street, for some of the first half-decade of the show (1980-1981). She was played by Ilse Biberti, and even though the character's last name was never revealed, the show made it appear as if the actress was basically playing herself.

She was friends with Muppet characters Samson, Tiffy, Uli von Bödefeld and Finchen, and was paired with human character Horst for her entire run on the show. She was later replaced by Ute.

Because the street scenes were repeated in new episodes for several years after, and intermixed with newly produced material, it appeared as though she "lived" on the street well into the early 1990s.