Sylvia Hoeks (Elise) (1983) is a Dutch film and theatre actress. Sylvia Hoeks was born on 1 June 1983 in Maarheeze. At the age of 14, she was scouted by “Elite Models” and spent several years travelling through Europe as a model. In the meantime, she finished high school and successfully graduated from the Maastricht Theatre Academy.
Following some cautious first steps in the theatre and film worlds, she broke through in the Netherlands with her role in Jos Stelling’s film Duska (2007), for which she won a Golden Calf for Best Actress at the Netherlands Film Festival.
She has acted in various theatre productions and put in distinguished performances in leading TV series such as Vuurzee (VARA) and Bloedverwanten (AVRO) and excelled in Overspel (2011).
In 2009, she took her first lead role, in the feature film: The Storm (Ben Sombogaart), for which she won the Best Actress award at the Festroia film festival (Setúbal, Portugal). In 2010, she played an impressive Tirza in the film of the same name by director Rudolf van den Berg. In 2011 she won international recognition when she was elected one of the six most promising young European actors as a Shooting Star at the Berlinale and also in 2011, Sylvia showed her versatility as the impressive Johanna in the feature film The Gang of Oss (André van Duren). For this role, she won the Best Actress award at the international film festival in Liège (2012).
Four years after her national breakthrough, she again worked with Jos Stelling, playing the role of Elise in the Dutch/German/Russian co-production The Girl and Death.
She is currently playing the female lead in The Best Offer, a new film by Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore, alongside Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.