born in Oelde, Westphalia and grew up in Düsseldorf. She trained from 1963 to 1966 at the Hertha Genzmer acting school in Wiesbaden. This led to her first engagements in Dinslaken and Bremen, then guest appearances in Düsseldorf, Baden-Baden, Munich and other cities. From 1972 to 1979 she belonged to the Staatstheater Wiesbaden ensemble, and from 1979/1980 for the first time to the Wuppertal Theatres ensemble. From the 81/82 season she switched for the first time to the free theatre scene, moving to Frankfurt am Main to join the Mobiles Rhein-Main Theater, which largely focussed on current political issues, addressing them via cabaret or satire. This was followed by an extended tour throughout Germany with the production Wir stempeln für Deutschland, a commission by the German federation of trade unions on the subject of unemployment. From the 82/83 season onwards she worked as a director and actor at the Recklinghausen Ruhrfestspiele, and at the Essen and Münster city theatres. In 1992 Holk Freytag brought her back to the Wuppertal Theatres ensemble where she stayed for sixteen years. After playing the lead in Brecht’s Mother Courage, in 2008 Ingeborg Wolff retired from full time acting. Since then she has worked as an announcer on WDR, as a freelance actor and director.