Sylvia Hoeks was born in Maarheeze, a southern town of the Netherlands. At age 14, she was scouted by Elite Models and traveled to many European countries to model. After doing this, she finished high school and attended the Maastricht Theatre Academy.
After graduation, she made her national breakthrough with the Jos Stelling film, Duska (2007), for which she won a Golden Calf (the Dutch equivalent of the Oscars) at the annual Dutch Film Festival. Sylvia quickly became in-demand for both stage and screen directors and stars in prestigious Dutch TV series, like Overspel (2011) (VARA), Bloedverwanten (2010) (AVRO) and several theatre plays.
Within two years after graduating, Sylvia had the opportunity to play her first leading role as “Julia” in the feature film, De storm (2009) (Ben Sombogaart, 2009), which became a major box office hit. The film was a national success and reached the Stony Brook Film Festival (NY, USA) and Festroia International Film Festival (Setubal, Portugal), where she received the award for “best actress”.
In 2010, Sylvia starred as “Tirza” in the feature film, Tirza (2010), by director Rudolf van den Berg, which won the “Best Film” award at Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal. In 2011, Sylvia was presented at the Berlinale as Shooting Star, the unique Pan European initiative which puts a spotlight on Europe’s best actors.
In 2011, Sylvia played the main character, “Johanna”, in the feature film, De bende van Oss (2011). Five years after her national breakthrough, she started working together again with director Jos Stelling on his new feature film, Het Meisje en de Dood (2012), in a Russian-German co production (release 2012).
In 2013, Sylvia plays her first international role in The Best Offer (2013) (The Best Offer), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring next to Geoffrey Rush. The film was a box office hit in several European countries as Italy and Spain and is nominated for Best Film at the 2013 European Film Awards. Released in the Netherlands and the US in 2014.
In 2015, she starred in several Film and TV productions in The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark and accepts the female lead in Luc Besson’s new action thriller, American Renegades (2017) (The Lake), which will have its international release in 2017.
In 2016, Sylvia will star in the new Blade Runner 2049 (2017), directed by Denis Villeneuve.
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