Markus Hering was born in Siegen in 1960. After training as a joiner, he began his drama studies at the University for Music and Theatre in Hanover in 1983. His first engagements led him to the Staatstheater in Kassel, the Städtische Bühnen in Frankfurt am Main and the Schauspielhaus in Vienna. From 1993 to 2011 he was engaged at the Burgtheater in Vienna. In 2003 he received the Nestroy Theatre Award in the Best Male Actor category. Since the early 1990s, Hering has also acted in numerous film and TV productions, and he can be heard at readings and on audio book recordings. In the 2011/12 season he was engaged at the Residenztheater in Munich, and in 2015 he returned to the Burgtheater.