Benja Bruijning's lead role in the Dutch romantic comedy FAMILY WAY (2012) opposite Carice van Houten, marked his break through to a wide audience. His recent projects include two seasons of FIGHTER'S HEART, the Dutch sumbission for the International Emmy Awards 2016, the TV series BLACK TULIP, the Dutch feature films THE FURY (DE HELLEVEEG) and THE MATCHMAKER. Next up is the international dramaseries HEIRS OF THE NIGHT directed by Diederik van Rooijen and he is currently playing the lead in the play The Interpreter of Java based on the book of Alfred Birney.
Gijs Naber is one of Holland’s most sought after actors. He was awarded the Golden Calf for Best Actor twice: for the feature film THE PETER PAN MAN (2014) and the TV crime drama JUDAS (2019). Gijs played lead roles several films and TV-series, such as the critically acclaimed TV-series JUDAS (2019), action-packed historical film REDBAD (2018) and THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING (2011). Gijs recently wrapped THE STORY OF MY WIFE opposite Léa Seydoux, by Oscar nominated director Ildiko Enyedi.
Jan Kooijman is a multi-talented Dutch actor, TV-host, dancer and singer. He started his career as a professional dancer at the Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam. In 2010 he received the prestigious Dutch Television Star for 'Best Upcoming Talent', and in 2011 he received a Kids Choice Award for 'Best Dutch and Belgium TV-star'. He is developing a new TV-series for the Dutch Public Network, in which he will also play the lead role, based on an original idea by Jan.
Jeroen Spitzenberger is a beloved and versatile stage and screen actor. His past credits include roles in local box office hits such as LOVE IS ALL (Alles is Liefde), as well as the immensely popular TV series DIVORCE. He is internationally best known for his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film TWIN SISTERS. He plays the lead role in the upcoming feature film BUMPERKLEEF as well as the title role in the crime series STANLEY H. for which he was awarded a Golden Calf nomination for best actor.
Jonas Smulders (1994) has made over 10 films since his debut in the 2011 TV series, HOW DO I SURVIVE. At the age of 22 he was awarded the Golden Calf Award for Best Actor for his lead role in WE WILL NEVER BE ROYALS, a role which gained him international recognition as well. In 2015, he won the Spotlight European Breakthrough Award at Kilkenny’s Subtitle fest. The International Film Festival Berlin selected Jonas as a Shooting Star 2018, one of ten brightest young European actors.
Martijn Lakemeier is the youngest Best Actor winner of all time at the Netherlands Film Festival. He received the Dutch film award for his acting debut in Martin Koolhoven's WINTER IN WARTIME (Shortlist Academy Award for best Foreign Film 2010). Ever since, Martijn landed lead roles in many films and TV series, such as in the critically acclaimed series DUTCH HOPE and the box office hit YES I DO. He is playing the lead next to Marwan Kenzari in the feature THE EAST directed by Jim Taihuttu.
Marwan Kenzari is an award-winning Dutch actor. The Hollywood Reporter listed him as one of '15 International Break Out Talents of 2016'. He could be seen in the lead role in the Netflix spy drama, THE ANGEL (2018). He can be seen in Guy Ritchie's ALADDIN, in which he plays the iconic role of 'Jafar'. Recent projects include MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, opposite Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom Cruise's THE MUMMY and the critically acclaimed Dutch film INSTINCT. He just wrapped THE OLD GUARD for Netflix, opposite Charlize Theron and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Matteo Simoni (1987) is a multifaceted actor who has quickly become one of Belgium’s most sought-after young talents. Berlinale Film Festival has selected him as Shooting Star 2018, one of ten most promising young European actors. He has showcased his versatility and depth on some of the most successful TV series, films and theatre plays. Most recently, Matteo played the lead role in GANGSTA (2018), by Adil el Arbi and Bilal Fallah (BAD BOYS 3). Upcoming projects are the European TV series COLD COURAGE, the Irish feature THE RACER and the Belgian film ROOKIE.
For his role in the critically acclaimed Dutch film RABAT by Jim Taihuttu (WOLF), Nasrdin Dchar won the Golden Calf for Best Actor at The Netherlands Film Festival. He played the lead role in INTRUDER (2014), which was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. Ever since, he played roles in numerous Dutch films and television series. On stage he received critical acclaim for his solo theatre plays OUMI (2012), DAD (2017) and YES (o.t. JA) (2019).
Next to his Emmy Award Nomination for Best Actor in SKIN, Robert de Hoog is also one of the youngest winners of the Dutch film award, the Golden Calf. He worked with Steven Spielberg on WARHORSE, and played the lead role in LOVE ETERNAL (2013), which marked his first English lead role. On stage, he worked with Ivo van Hove at the International Theatre Amsterdam. Most recently he starred in the Dutch TV series ZUIDAS and MOCRO MAFFIA, and played in Halina Reijn's acclaimed directorial debut, INSTINCT (2019).
Shahine El-Hamus (2000) is a striking young actor who played a break-out role in Norbert Ter Hall’s DE BELOFTE VAN PISA (2019) for which he received raving reviews. He also starred in VALS (2019), CHIMERE (2017), SUSPECTS (2017) and MOUNA'S KEUKEN (2015). Shahine was a regular on DE VLOER OP JR. and SR., an improv acting show where actors have to improvise a scene before a live studio-audience.
Thijs Boermans recently came to the scene with his striking performance in the Dutch Film Academy graduation film GAMEBOY (2014). He caught the eye of Dutch film critics, proclaiming him one of the new talents of 2015. Thijs also played the lead role in the controversial TV film THE STUDENT. In 2016, he could be seen in THE HERO, the opening film of the 36th Netherlands Film Festival, directed by Menno Meyjes, and this year in KLEINE IJSTIJD, directed by Paula van der Oest.