Benja Bruijning's lead role in the Dutch romantic comedy FAMILY WAY (2012) opposite Carice van Houten, marked his breakthrough to a wide audience. Recent projects include the international drama series HEIRS OF THE NIGHT directed by Diederik van Rooijen and the popular Dutch TV show NIEUWE BUREN. He recently played 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 recently wrapped THE STORY OF MY WIFE opposite Léa Seydoux, by Oscar nominated director Ildiko Enyedi. 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).
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, as well as the immensely popular TV series DIVORCE and OOGAPPELS. He is internationally best known for his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film TWIN SISTERS. Recently, he played leading roles in the cricitally acclaimed feature film BUMPERKLEEF and the crime series STANLEY H. for which he was recognized with a Golden Calf nomination for best actor.
Jonas Smulders (1994) was awarded the Golden Calf Award for Best Actor for his lead role in WE WILL NEVER BE ROYALS, a role that 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. Jonas recently wrapped shooting the first Dutch Netflix Original Film FOREVER RICH, directed by Shady El-Hamus.
In 2019 Kendrick graduated from one of Europe’s finest theatre academies, the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Maastricht. During his study, Kendrick could already be seen on stage with ‘Toneelgroep Oostpool’ in plays like ‘ALLEMAAL MENSEN’ and ‘ALL OVER: ACTS OF LOVE’, both directed by Marcus Azzini. Besides his stage work, he could also be seen on the screen. He starred in the web series ‘BAD INFLUENCER’, in the critically-acclaimed crime series ‘STANLEY H.’ directed by Tim Oliehoek and most recently in ‘DIT ZIJN WIJ’ (Dutch remake of NBC’s ‘This Is Us’) directed by Marc de Cloe and André van Duren.
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. Martijn is selected as European Shooting Star 2021.
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). Soon he'll take the stage with his new monologue BREATH.
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). He's currently shooting De STAMHOUDER by Diederik van Rooijen in which he plays the lead role.
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 the Golden Calf for Best Actor at The Netherlands Film Festival. Dutch newspaper Volkskrant named Shahine 'Acting Talent of 2020'. This year, he can be seen in two new TV shows: LIEVE MAMA and HET A-WOORD.
Thijs Boermans 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 recently in KLEINE IJSTIJD, directed by Paula van der Oest.