Famous Dutch Film & Theater Personalities

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 1 Famke Janssen

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Famous As: Actress who played mutant Jean Grey in the X-Men film franchise and played Xenia in GoldenEye
Birthdate: November 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress best known for playing important roles in popular Hollywood films like the X-Men film series and the Taken film trilogy. A former fashion model, Janssen achieved international recognition when she played Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Over the course of her acting career, Famke Janssen has recieved several awards, including the Saturn Award.

 2 Michiel Huisman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Michiel Huisman is a Dutch musician and actor who achieved international fame after taking over the role of Daario Naharis in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones in 2014. Michiel Huisman is also known for his association with the band Fontane, which was later renamed Michiel Huisman.

 3 Rutger Hauer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Breukelen, Netherlands
Died: July 19, 2019

Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, tagged as the Best Dutch Actor of the Century by the Dutch public, gained spotlight with his debut film, Turkish Delight, the most successful film in the history of Dutch cinema. Moving on, he gained international recognition with other Dutch films like Spetters, and etched his name in Hollywood with films like Nighthawks and Blade Runner.   

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 4 Paul Verhoeven

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch screenwriter and director whose illustrious career has spanned more than 60 years. Over the years, Verhoeven has won prestigious awards such as a Golden Globe Award, César Award, and Saturn Award. Paul Verhoeven is regarded as one of the most popular filmmakers in the Netherlands.   

 5 Yolanda Foster

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: January 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Papendrecht, Netherlands

Dutch-born American model and TV star Yolanda Foster is also known as the mother of models Bella and Gigi Hadid. After a 15-year modeling career, she decided to focus on her family. She later gained fame with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where she also spoke about her struggle with Lyme disease.

 6 Carice van Houten

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Carice van Houten is best known for her Emmy-nominated performance as Melisandre in the series Game of Thrones. She has previously amazed audiences with her Golden Calf-winning roles in Black Book, The Happy Housewife, and Black Butterflies. She is also known for her pop-rock album See You on the Ice.
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 7 Marwan Kenzari

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Marwan Kenzari is a Tunisian Dutch actor who achieved popularity in 2013 when he won the Golden Calf, the Dutch equivalent of the Oscars, for Best Actor for his portrayal of Majid in the action drama-martial arts film, Wolf. Kenzari went on to achieve international recognition for his portrayal of Joe in the 2020 American superhero film The Old Guard.  

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 8 Alex van Halen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

 9 Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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Famous As: Auto Racing Driver
Birthdate: September 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands, to 2-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, Arie Luyendyk Jr. moved to the US with his family at age 3. He followed in his father’s footsteps to enter the arena of auto racing. He later gained fame with his appearance on The Bachelorette and his romance with Lauren Burnham.

 10 Robert Wolders

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 12, 2018

Robert Wolders was a Dutch actor best known for his portrayal of Erik Hunter in the Western television series, Laredo. Known for his exotic accent and good looks, Wolders' personal life largely overshadowed his professional life. His marriage with Merle Oberon and relationship with Audrey Hepburn kept him in the spotlight throughout his life.

 11 Sylvia Hoeks

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maarheeze, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Sylvia Hoeks was 14 when she started modeling. She later switched to acting and soared to fame after winning the Golden Calf for the Dutch film Duska. The star of films such as The Girl in the Spider's Web, she put on over 10 pounds of muscle for Blade Runner 2049.

 12 Bas Rutten

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tilburg, Netherlands

Bas Rutten is a Dutch–American actor, former kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and professional wrestler. A former UFC Heavyweight Champion and a King of Pancrase world champion, Rutten finished his career on a high as he remained unbeaten for the last 22 fights of his career. In 2015, Bas Rutten was made an inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame.

 13 Carel Struycken

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Dutch actor Carel Struycken is best known as Lurch from The Addams Family film franchise, Mr. Homn from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the Giant/Fireman from Twin Peaks. His extraordinary 7-foot frame and distinctive features are due to acromegaly. A skilled photographer, he also manages a photography site.

 14 Doutzen Kroes

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eastermar, Netherlands

Dutch supermodel and actor Doutzen Kroes has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and the face of L'Oréal Paris. Known as the Helen of Troy of advertising, she has also been dragged into controversies for promoting an unscientific liver cleanse diet and for her comments against the COVID-19 vaccine on Instagram.

 15 Anneliese van der Pol

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Famous As: Actress, She played Chelsea Daniels, Raven's best friend, on Disney's That's So Raven.
Birthdate: September 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naaldwijk, Netherlands

Anneliese van der Pol is a Dutch-American singer and actress renowned for her theatre and TV work. She achieved prominence in 2003 when she started appearing on the popular series That's So Raven. Apart from the series, Anneliese's association with The Walt Disney Company can also be seen in the form of many songs released by her for the company.

 16 Sylvia Kristel

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Famous As: Best remembered as the eponymous character in five of the seven Emmanuelle films
Birthdate: September 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: October 17, 2012

Best known for her title role in the Emmanuelle series of soft-core erotica, Dutch actor Sylvia Kristel ran away from her strict Calvinist home in Utrecht to Amsterdam, where she took up odd jobs. She began modeling at 17 and won a couple of beauty pageants, before stepping into films full-time.

 17 Lotte Verbeek

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands

Apart from winning a Leopard Award at Locarno, Dutch actor Lotte Verbeek has also been nominated for a Golden Calf. Known for her love for strong female roles, she has also been trained as a circus performer. Her best-known role have come in Giulia Farnese in The Borgias.

 18 Katja Herbers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Katja Herbers is a Dutch actress best known for playing Dr. Helen Prins in the television series Manhattan. She also has a successful theatre career and is among the few Dutch actresses to have made it big in Hollywood. Over the years, Herbers has become a household name in the USA by appearing in TV series like Westworld and Evil.

 19 Lady Pamela Hicks

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Famous As: British aristocrat
Birthdate: April 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Lady Pamela Hicks is a British aristocrat best known as the daughter of Edwina Mountbatten and Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Lady Pamela Hicks' memoirs of her time in India during the Indian Independence revealed important details surrounding the event, including her mother's extra-marital relationship with the future Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

 20 Tara Elders

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Tara Elders is a Dutch actress who achieved popularity in 2007 when she played Maggie in the American remake of filmmaker Theo van Gogh's 2003 drama film Interview. The 2007 film starred Sienna Miller and Steve Buscemi in lead roles. Tara Elders has also appeared in several popular TV series like Najib en Julia, TV7, and Medea.

 21 Rebecca Loos

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Dutch model and TV personality Rebecca Loos soared to fame after her claim of having had an affair with British footballer David Beckham, whom she had served as a personal assistant briefly. She also created controversy for pleasuring a pig in a 10-minute scene on the show The Farm.

 22 Tom Six

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Famous As: Director, writer, and producer known for creating the controversial Human Centipede trilogy, which came to be defined by its grotesque story and violence.
Birthdate: August 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alkmaar, Netherlands

Tom Six is a Dutch filmmaker, actor, and writer best known for his Human Centipede trilogy. The film trilogy gained widespread attention and notoriety due to its brutal depictions of sexual violence. Tom Six is also credited with creating the original Big Brother reality TV series, which went on to become an international franchise.

 23 Theo van Gogh

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 2, 2004

Theo van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker, actor, television producer, and author. He was assassinated by a Dutch-Moroccan Islamist named Mohammed Bouyeri for directing a short film titled Submission: Part 1, which was originally written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and opposed the unfair treatment of women in Islam. Theo was 47 years old. His last film 06/05 was released posthumously.

 24 Stefanie Joosten

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roermond, Netherlands

Dutch-born Stefanie Joosten initially studied Japanese language and culture at Leiden. Her interest later took her to Japan, where she began modeling. She voiced the character Quiet in a Metal Gear game in both its English and Japanese versions. She has also appeared in TV series, short films, and feature films.

 25 Jeroen Krabbe

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jeroen Krabbe is a Dutch actor, illustrator, painter, and film director. He is best known for playing negative roles in popular films like the 15th James Bond movie The Living Daylights. His contributions to film and theatre were honored with the Top Naeff prize in 1965. In 2014, he was awarded the Frans Banninck Cocqpenning for his services to Amsterdam.

 26 Talitha Getty

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mojokerto, Indonesia
Died: July 11, 1971

A Bohemian style icon of the late 1960s, Dutch actor-model Talitha Getty was also the wife of oil magnate John Paul Getty Jr., who was one of the richest men of his time. She spent her childhood in a WWII Japanese prison camp and later studied acting at RADA in London.

 27 Gaite Jansen

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gaite Jansen is a Dutch actress who has achieved critical acclaim for many of her roles in films and TV series like 170 Hz and In therapie. When she was just 12 years old, Gaite was awarded the Best Actress Award at the 48 Hour Film Project in Amsterdam for her role in Luwte.

 28 Marcus Schenkenberg

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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: August 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden

Marcus Schenkenberg is a Swedish actor, television personality, model, and singer. Although he is best known for appearing in Calvin Klein advertisements, Schenkenberg is also famous for modeling for designers like Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Donna Karan. Schenkenberg is also a writer; he released a book titled Marcus Schenkenberg: New Rules in 1997.

 29 Thekla Reuten

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bussum, Netherlands

Thekla Reuten is a Dutch actress best known for playing important roles in popular Dutch film and theatre productions. She achieved popularity in 2004 when she was honored at the Berlin Film Festival with the Shooting Star Award for her performance in the film Twin Sisters where she played Jonge Lotte. Since then, she has been appearing in noteworthy films.

 30 Laura Gemser

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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: October 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia

Indonesian-born Laura Gemser moved to the Netherlands with her parents at age 4. After beginning her career as a nude model for men’s magazines, she later soared to fame with her appearances in the Black Emanuelle sexploitation films. She also created headlines for her romance and then for her marriage to co-star Gabriele Tinti.

 31 Erland Van Lidth De Jeude

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Famous As: Actor, Wrestler
Birthdate: June 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hilversum, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 1987

Erland Van Lidth De Jeude was a Dutch-American actor, amateur wrestler, and opera singer. While pursuing his wrestling career, he was given an opportunity to portray the role of the fearsome Terror in the 1979 American comedy-drama film The Wanderers. He then landed a couple of other roles, including his role as Dynamo in the 1987 film The Running Man.

 32 Stefania Liberakakis

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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 2002
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

Stefania Liberakakis is a Greek-Dutch singer, YouTuber, and voice actress. She is best known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 where she represented Greece with the song Last Dance; Stefania finished tenth in the contest. Stefania Liberakakis has also voiced important characters in the Dutch version of films like Dolittle and Wonder Park.

 33 Yorick van Wageningen

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baarn, Netherlands

Dutch actor Yorick van Wageningen is best known for his performances in films like The Chronicles of Riddick and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). He missed working in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi film Minority Report as he didn’t get a work permit, but later managed a breakthrough in Hollywood with David Twohy’s sci-fi action film The Chronicles of Riddick.

 34 Touriya Haoud

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rhenen, Netherlands

After graduating with a communication degree, Touriya Haoud won a modeling contest and landed campaigns with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger. She later gained fame with a lead role in the series Heartbeat and appeared in movies such as Five Fingers. She was also previously married to actor Greg Vaughan.

 35 Bas van Toor

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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: September 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands

Bas van Toor is a Dutch recording artist and entertainer best known for being one-half of the popular duo Bassie en Adriaan along with his brother Aad van Toor. Bas portrayed a crook named Vlugge Japie as part of the act and then played Japie in a TV series. He is also credited with co-founding the children's channel Pebble TV.

 36 Jan de Bont

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Famous As: Film director, Cinematographer
Birthdate: October 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands

 37 Hannah Hoekstra

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Hannah Hoekstra is a Dutch actress known for her portrayal of the title role in the 2012 film Hemel, for which she won the Golden Calf. A critically acclaimed actress, Hoekstra won another Golden Calf in 2016 for playing Tiny in a film titled De Helleveeg. A recipient of the Theo d'Or, Hoekstra is also renowned for her theatre work.

 38 Anouchka Delon

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gien, France

Anouchka Delon is a French-Dutch actress. The daughter of famous French actor and filmmaker Alain Delon, Anouchka made her acting debut at the age of 12, playing Patricia Bullitt in a TV film titled Le Lion, which also had Alain playing an important role. In 2011, she worked alongside her father again for a play at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens.

 39 Anton Corbijn

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Strijen, Netherlands

Anton Corbijn is a Dutch film director, photographer, and music video director. He works with the popular music bands U2 and Depeche Mode, overseeing the visual output as the bands' creative director. Anton Corbijn is also credited with directing the music videos of several popular artistes like Bryan Adams, Johnny Cash, and Metallica among others. 

 40 Aad van Toor

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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: October 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands

Aad van Toor is a Dutch recording artist, acrobat, director, actor, and lyricist. He is known for his work with his brother Bas with whom he created popular acts, namely Bassie en Adriaan and The Crocksons. Bassie en Adriaan, which featured acrobatic acts of the duo, was televised from 1978 to 1996. Van Toor also established a couple of companies.

 41 Anthony Ingruber

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philippines

Dutch-Australian actor and impressionist Anthony Ingruber gained international attention on the internet uploading videos on his YouTube channel of impressions. He has given voice over and acted in industrial, independent, and feature films, and is best-known for his performances in the video games Batman: The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within and in the film The Age of Adaline.

 42 Melisa Asli Pamuk

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands

Starting her modelling career at just 14, the Netherlands-born Turkish model and actress Melisa Asli Pamuk won the titles of "Best Promising" in Best Model of Turkey 2009 and the Miss Turkey 2011. She also made her mark in acting, playing lead roles in films like Dat zit wel snor, and television series like Kara Sevda and Çarpışma.

 43 Barry Atsma

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bromley, England

 44 Lil' Kleine

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Famous As: Musician, Actor
Birthdate: October 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lil' Kleine is a Dutch actor and musician best known for his song Drank & Drugs, which was certified double platinum. Lil' Kleine's popularity increased after the release of his debut studio album WOP! He was part of the popular reality TV show, Expeditie Robinson.

 45 John de Mol, Jr.

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Birthdate: April 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague

 46 Halina Reijn

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Famous As: Actress notable for her work in the war movie Black Book (2006), as well as for her performance in the feature film A Thousand Kisses (2006)
Birthdate: November 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch actress, writer and film-director Halina Reijn started acting while she was still a student, playing lead roles in plays like Shopping and Fucking. In the ensuing years, she bolstered her acting career with plays like Mourning Becomes Electra and films like A Thousand Kisses and Black Book. She made her debut as a film director with the Dutch drama titled Instinct.   

 47 Jelka van Houten

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Culemborg, Netherlands

Dutch actress Jelka van Houten gained attention playing Esther Valkhof, an obsessed killer, in her debut film, Liefje, while still studying at the Film and Television Academy. She has acted in several films, musicals, and TV series, including the musicals Turks fruit and Dromen... zijn bedrog, both of which won her the John Kraaijkamp Musical Award.

 48 Antoinette Beumer

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

 49 Marjolein Beumer

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Marjolein Beumer is a Dutch actress best known for playing important roles in popular TV series like Flikken Maastricht. She is also known as the sister of famous Hollywood actress Famke Janssen and film director of The Happy Housewife fame Antoinette Beumer.

 50 Gijs Blom

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands