Aiko Mila Beemsterboer is known for her lead role in the feature film VECHTMEISJE (2018). The film received multiple awards and Dutch press were raving about Aiko's powerful performance. Aiko starred in DE LIEFHEBBERS (2019) and the romantic comedy WAT IS DAN LIEFDE for which she received a Golden Calf Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Last year she could be seen in the Dutch TV-series HET A-WOORD and LIEVE MAMA. Most recently, Aiko played Anne Frank in MY BEST FRIEND ANNE FRANK, which can be seen on Netflix.
Alidtcha (1998) is an upcoming Dutch actress. She recently graduated from the Amsterdam Academy for Performing Arts and starred in multiple TV-series since. Most recently, she starred in the remake of ALL STARS, the Christmas series KERSTGEZEL.NL and the successful crime-series FLIKKEN MAASTRICHT. She just finished shooting TV-series DE DROOM VAN DE JEUGD directed by Bram Schouw and Simone van Dusseldorp.
Anna Drijver is a well-known Dutch actress who played many leading roles in films, TV-series and theatre plays. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Rembrandt Awards for her leading roles in LOFT and KOMT EEN VROUW BIJ DE DOKTER, in which she played opposite Barry Atsma and Carice van Houten. Her most recent projects include the international series HEIRS OF THE NIGHT by Diederik van Rooijen and the critically acclaimed Belgian-Dutch Netflix series UNDERCOVER. Anna is also working as a screenwriter, she did a re-write of the successful film WEG VAN JOU and is currently working on several other scenarios.
Benja Bruijning's lead role in the Dutch romantic comedy FAMILY WAY (2012) opposite Carice van Houten, marked his breakthrough to a wide audience. His projects include the international drama series HEIRS OF THE NIGHT directed by Diederik van Rooijen, the popular Dutch TV show NIEUWE BUREN and Netflix series Dirty Lines. He played the lead in the play The Interpreter of Java based on the book of Alfred Birney. He is currently on tour with his solo A LIFE.
Bracha played many leading roles in both films and TV-series. She starred in the British-Dutch film THE DOMINO EFFECT, the popular German TV-movie VERLIEBT IN AMSTERDAM and the Dutch romantic comedy hits HARTENSTRAAT and ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. She could be seen in the German crime-series DER AMSTERDAM KRIMI, 4 seasons of the Dutch TV-series OOGAPPELS and 2 editions of the Netflix Christmas film FAMILIE CLAUS. Later this year, the psychological thriller Faithfully Yours will hit theaters with Bracha in the lead role.
Elise is one of the most celebrated actresses in the Netherlands. She played many leading roles in both films and TV series. She could be seen in the Netflix series UNDERCOVER and FERRY. She played the lead in the film MY FATHER IS AN AIRPLANE, the opening film of the 2021 Netherlands Film Festival, directed by Antoinette Beumer. This role earned her a Golden Calf nomination for Best Actress.
Gaite Jansen (1991) could be seen on the HBO/Cinemax show JETT, opposite Carla Gugino, directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. Prior to this, she played recurring roles on BBC’s PEAKY BLINDERS Season 3 and LINE OF DUTY Season 4. Gaite worked on stage with internationally renowned theatre directors such as Tony-winner Ivo van Hove and Simon Stone. Next up is the release of the series LEOPARD SKIN, opposite Carla Gugino and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.
Gijs Naber is one of Holland's most sought after actors. He is playing a 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 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 SUMMER IN FRANCE.
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. Jeroen 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. 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 which aired this spring.
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'.
Katja Herbers is a Dutch actress well-known for her role as ‘Emily’ in the hit series WESTWORLD opposite Ed Harris. Prior to that, she was series regular for two seasons on the critically-acclaimed series MANHATTAN created by Sam Shaw. Additional television credits include the mini-series MANHUNT:UNABOMBER, a recurring role on the final season of THE LEFTOVERS and THE AMERICANS. She can be seen in the lead role on EVIL, a TV-series for CBS in which Katja plays a clinical psychologist opposite Mike Colter.
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).
For her role in the critically acclaimed Dutch film KAPSALON ROMY Noortje Herlaar won the Golden Calf for Best Supporting Actress at The Netherlands Film Festival. The TV series MOTHER, I WANT TO JOIN THE CABARET earned her the Golden Calf nomination for Best Actress. Noortje starred in RAMSES, the winner of the prestigious Prix D'Europe 2014 for Best European Drama Series. For her role in RAMSES she won the Dutch critic’s award TV BEELDEN for Best Supporting Actor. She could be seen on stage in LAZARUS, directed by Ivo van Hove. Currently she is on set of the musical film Just Like in the Movies.
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.
Sallie Harmsen (1989) is an award winning Dutch actress. Recent projects include BLADERUNNER 2049 directed by Denis Villeneuve, the international series HEIRS OF THE NIGHT directed by Diederik van Rooijen, the Sky Italy show DEVILS directed by Nick Hurran (THE PRISONERS) and THE POSTCARD KILLINGS by Oscar winning director Danis Tanovic. Sallie wrapped shooting SEA OF TIME, directed by Theu Boermans and the short film DRAWBACK, opposite Claes Bang (THE SQUARE). She recently wrapped filming DE STAMHOUDER by Diederik van Rooijen, which will air on television later this year.
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.
Susan Radder (1999) was nominated Best Actress at the Netherlands Film Festival 2016 for her lead role in HORIZON and won the Dutch Critics’ Award TV BEELDEN 2017 for Best Actor. She can also be seen in KAUWBOY which went on to win 13 international awards, amongst which Best Youth Film at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012 and the Young Audience Award at the European Film Awards 2012. Her recent work includes WWII-feature THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE, in which she plays the female lead, Bestseller Boy and Oogappels.
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.
Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing could be last seen in the pilot episode of CW's BLACK LIGHTENING, and as a series regular on LOVE IS_, a series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network created by Mara Brock Akil. She also played a lead role in the independent film REALLY LOVE opposite Kofi Siriboe for Macro/Netflix, which has been selected for SXSW 2020 and for which she received the Special Jury Award. Yootha first came to the scene with a lead role in THE PRICE OF SUGAR, for which she received a Golden Calf nomination for Best Actress.
Zineb Fallouk (1987) can be seen as Samira in the award winning TV series MOCRO MAFFIA. She recently wrapped shooting for the new Videoland series HOCKEYVADERS and ROMAISSA - DE SUPERHELD UIT ROTTERDAM, directed and written by Fadua El Akchaoui. She is currently on set of the Dutch-Belgian project ALTER EGO. On stage she could be seen in several plays by Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Het Nationale Theater and DOX, amongst others.
Bobby Boermans (1981) is a Dutch director and producer of films, television series, music videos and commercials. He studied at the Dutch Film and Television Academy and earned his masters degree at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. He directed the successful and critically acclaimed Dutch TV-series MOCRO MAFFIA, HIGH FLYERS and THE GOLDEN HOUR. He recently wrapped shooting INVASION.
David Eilander (Amsterdam, 1993) graduated from The Netherlands Film Academy. He directed many commercials and music videos. His first fiction project was the short film POLYP. After that he wrote and directed the film SMARTLAP, about an elderly pub owner who has a hard time keeping up with the rapid changes in the world around him. Currently, he is working on a part of the new season of Dutch hit series Mocro Maffia, and at the same time quietly works on laying the foundation for various new projects.
Before making the leap to the big screen, Jelle de Jonge directed many comedy shows on Dutch TV. His first feature film, BON BINI HOLLAND (2015), became a huge box office hit and won the Audience Award at the Netherlands Film Festival. His second feature, LOVE OVER DISTANCE (2017), starring Katja Herbers (WESTWORLD S2), received critical acclaim. Leading Dutch newspaper Volkskrant: “This is the romcom The Netherlands has been waiting for.”
Joosje Duk is a (screen)writer, director and actress. She wrote and directed the successful short film NIGHT, which won the HuffPost Arts Impact Award, was selected for over 25 film festivals, gained over 950k views online and screened at Disney’s studios. The film stars Rachel Hilson (NBC’s THIS IS US and HULU’s LOVE, VICTOR). She recently won the Netflix New Voices Script Contest and is currently in production with her first feature film which she will also direct.
Shady El-Hamus (1988) is an award winning Dutch-Egyptian director and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote the first Dutch Netflix Original Film FOREVER RICH which recently came out to rave reviews. His first feature film he directed and co-wrote, ABOUT THAT LIFE (2019) won a Golden Calf for Best Screenplay. Dutch newspaper Volkskrant named him one of three directing talents of 2018. Shady graduated from both The Netherlands Film Academy and the prestigious MA National Film and Television School in London. At the Netherlands Film Festival 2012, Shady was awarded the Dioraphte Award for Most Outstanding Graduation Student of the Year. His short film NIGHTSHADE is the Dutch submission for the Academy Awards 2018.