Benja Bruijning's lead role in the Dutch romantic comedy ALLES IS FAMILIE (2012) opposite Carice van Houten, marked his breakthrough to a wide audience. His projects include the international drama series HEIRS OF THE NIGHT, the popular Dutch TV show NIEUWE BUREN and the Netflix series DIRTY LINES. He played the lead in the play DE TOLK VAN JAVA based on the book by Alfred Birney. He is currently on tour with his solo A LIFE.
Gijs Naber is one of Holland's most sought after actors. He is playing the lead role in THE STORY OF MY WIFE opposite Léa Seydoux, which has been selected for the Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2021. He was awarded the Dutch Academy Award (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 action-packed historical film REDBAD (2018) and MY FOOLISH HEART (2018). He is currently shooting the German series HAGEN VON TRONJE, in which he plays the title role.
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 several new series. Recently he played roles in PIECE OF MY HEART directed by Dana Nechustan and ZOMER IN FRANKRIJK. He is currently on stage with the play NUREYEV, featuring Jan as the worldfamous balletdancer Rudolf Nureyev.
Jeroen Spitzenberger is a beloved and versatile stage and screen actor. His past credits include roles in local box office hits such as ALLES IS LIEFDE, as well as the immensely popular TV series DIVORCE and OOGAPPELS. Jeroen played leading roles in the cricitally acclaimed feature film BUMPERKLEEF and the crime series STANLEY H. He is internationally best known for his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film TWIN SISTERS. Most recently, he played the lead role of politician Pim Fortuyn in the TV-series HET JAAR VAN FORTUYN for which he won a Dutch Academy Award (Golden Calf).
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 played the lead role in the first Dutch Netflix Original Film FOREVER RICH, directed by Shady El-Hamus, released globally last fall and listed in the New York Times as 'one of 5 films to watch right now'.
Kendrick Etmon is a dynamic actor who graduated in 2019 from one of Europe's finest theatre academies, the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Maastricht. He played in numerous plays at Toneelgroep Oostpool, like the award winning play ALLEMAAL MENSEN. Besides his stage work, he starred in the critically-acclaimed crime series ‘STANLEY H.’ directed by Tim Oliehoek, ‘DIT ZIJN WIJ’ (Dutch remake of NBC’s ‘This Is Us’) directed by Marc de Cloe and André van Duren and 'FOREVER RICH' directed by Shady El-Hamus. Most recently, Kendrick played the lead role in the Golden Calf Award winning short film 'LA ÚLTIMA ASCENSIÓN'.
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. The International Film Festival Berlin selected Martijn as a Shooting Star 2021, one of the ten brightest young European actors.
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). He is currently starring in the lead of the very popular TV series The Golden Hour (2022).
Pieter Embrechts is a multi-talent from Belgium; actor, director, writer, presenter, singer and songwriter. He starred in (amongst others) the feature films INSTINCT opposite Carice van Houten and REDBAD opposite Gijs Naber, and the TV-series FAMILIE KRUYS and SMERIS. In 2019, he played the role of 'Valentine' in David Bowie's theater play LAZARUS, for which he won the Musical Award for 'Best Actor in a Lead Role'. Up next is the release of the feature film STROMBOLI opposite Elise Schaap.
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'. Last year, he could be seen in two TV-series: LIEVE MAMA and HET A-WOORD. He is currently filming BESTSELLER BOY directed by Norbert ter Hall.
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. He was one of the candidates of Expedition Robinson 2022.