Vincent van Ommen

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Vincent van Ommen
Van Ommen at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2010
Born Vincent van Ommen
(1982-06-14) 14 June 1982 (age 32)
The Hague, Netherlands
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008 – present

Vincent van Ommen is a Dutch film and television actor. He speaks both Dutch and English fluently, and appeared in the English-language films Life is an Art, Amsterdam Heavy and A Morass.

Film career[edit]

Van Ommen studied drama at De Trap, a private school for acting in Amsterdam, where he was trained to become a professional actor, after that he took an intense post-course specializing in acting for film and television.[1] He was also trained in film and stage combat by Tony Wolf, the Lord of the Rings fighting styles designer,[2] and took method acting classes. During his studies, van Ommen starred in several commercials and made guest appearances in various TV shows.

In 2008, van Ommen caused a national stir in the media when his short film Stop! - in which he plays a leading role - was released during the International Film Festival Rotterdam.[3] Stop! shows two guys who witness a robbery and decide to chase the thieves by car while filming everything with their mobile phone. The chase ends badly for all concerned. Journalists contacted the police thinking it was real. This reached national media and talk shows like De Wereld Draait Door and Editie NL.[4]

In 2009, van Ommen made his English language feature film debut as the immortal Elijah in the fantasy film Reiki, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival later that year.[5] In April 2010, Reiki also screened at the Elf Fantasy Fair, the biggest fantasy event in Europe.

Director Jayant R. Harnam saw one of his short films[6] and cast him in the leading role for his thriller Life is an Art, in which he stars opposite Alison Carroll (Doghouse, Tomb Raider: Underworld model). This movie was van Ommen's second appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

In March 2010, van Ommen starred in the British film A Morass, with Alessandro Giuggioli (Me and Orson Welles, Genova) and was cast in the Dutch film Verloren Jaren starring Frederik de Groot and Wouter de Jong. He was also cast in the short film Klik alongside Lone van Roosendaal, Thomas Acda & Tim Oliehoek.

In January 2011, it was announced that van Ommen was cast opposite Fajah Lourens in the action film Amsterdam Heavy[7] by UK director Michael Wright. The movie also stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs).

In March 2011, he appeared in the short movie Paper Parachutes directed by Katie Pow, a children's fantasy film about obsessively ordered nine year old Miles. Both Amsterdam Heavy and Paper Parachutes screened at the 64th Cannes Film Festival[8] and marked his third appearance at the festival.

In 2012, van Ommen joined the film jury for ShortCutz Amsterdam.[9] An annual film festival promoting short films in Amsterdam. Other jury members include George Sluizer, Waldemar Torenstra and Jeroen Koolbergen.

He starred in a slate of short movies, notably Millie directed by Merel den Otter, Faith, Provocator, Escape and Orbit directed by Djie Han Thung.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Cam2Cam Voyeur
2013 You Look Stunning Too Richard Recurring
ShortCutz Amsterdam Jury Himself
La Commedia
2011 A Morass Traveller
Amsterdam Heavy Agent van Beek
Paper Parachutes Uncle Ed
Klik The Manager
2010 Life is an Art Nathan
Verloren Jaren Luuk Dutch language
Escape Felton
Faith Keith
Win/Win Junior Broker Dutch language
2009 Reiki Elijah
Koekeloere Meneer Boer 1 episode
2008 Stop! Paul
Millie Matthias
Gamekings Mark / Pascal 1 episode
Kaaskoppen & waterlanders Willem Drees 1 episode
De beste commercial Zoon 1 episode


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