Ilka Bessin (born 18 November 1971, Luckenwalde, Germany) is a German comedian and actress, best known for her role as Cindy aus Marzahn (German for: Cindy from Marzahn).
After finishing school, Bessin studied culinary arts and later trained to be a hotel manager. She worked as a chef until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and Germany was reunified. Shortly after that, she was a bartender in a disco and later the chief clerk. In 1999, she changed careers and became an entertainment director and comedy performer on a cruise liner.
It was there that she invented her most famous character “Cindy aus Marzahn”. Marzahn is a blue collar section of East Berlin.