Aiko Mila Beemsterboer is known for her lead role in the feature film VECHTMEISJE (2018). The film received multiple awards and Dutch press were ravind about Aiko's powerful performance. Last year, Aiko starred in two Dutch films; DE LIEFHEBBERS (2019) and the romantic comedy WAT IS DAN LIEFDE. This year she can be seen in the Dutch TV-series HET A-WOORD and LIEVE MAMA. Next up is the release of MY BEST FRIEND ANNE FRANK, in which she plays Anne Frank.
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.
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. 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. Benja is currently on set of the new Netlfix series Dirty Lines.
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. Last year, Bracha could be seen in the German crime-series DER AMSTERDAM KRIMI, the Dutch TV-series OOGAPPELS and the Netflix Christmas film FAMILIE CLAUS.
Most recently, Gaite Jansen (1991) could be seen on the new 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.
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 is 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).
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. Currently, he's playing the lead role of Pim Fortuyn in DE KLOOF, which airs on television later this year.
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.
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. Season 2 will be released soon.
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. 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). Soon he'll be on stage with a program in which the three performances can be seen consecutively in one evening, under the name FAMILY CHRONICLE.
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. Recently she could be seen on stage in LAZARUS, directed by Ivo van Hove.
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 recently wrapped shooting SEA OF TIME, directed by Theu Boermans, whom she worked with at the National Theatre for many years, and the short film DRAWBACK, opposite Claes Bang (THE SQUARE). She's currently filming DE STAMHOUDER by Diederik van Rooijen.
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. 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. She can currently be seen on the big screen in WWII-feature THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE, in which she plays the female lead.
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.
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 co-starred in the independent film REALLY LOVE opposite Kofi Siriboe for Marco, 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.
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 and HOOGVLIEGERS.
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.”
Shady El-Hamus (1988) is an award winning Dutch director and screenwriter. 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. Shady directed and co-wrote his first feature film, ABOUT THAT LIFE (2019) and is currently working on the first Dutch Netflix Original Film FOREVER RICH which he co-wrote and directed.