Claire van der Boom

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Claire van der Boom
Claire van der Boom - Jack Reacher movie premiere (closeup).jpg
Van der Boom at the premiere of Jack Reacher on 22 December 2012
Born 1983 (age 32–33)
Broome, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress

Claire van der Boom (born 1983) is a Logie Award winning Australian film and television actress of Dutch ancestry. Internationally, she is best known for her appearance as Stella in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, and her recurring role playing the ex-wife of Det. Danny Williams in the 2010 remake of Hawaii Five-0.


Van der Boom was born in Broome, Western Australia. She attended Presbyterian Ladies' College in Perth, where she studied drama, graduating in 1999. She also graduated from Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2005. She is of Dutch descent.

Acting career[edit]

Following graduation, van der Boom appeared in the Australian TV series Love My Way and East West 101. Her first major role in a feature film was in The Square, which was directed by Nash Edgerton and screened at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2008. It was released in the USA in 2010.

She had a prominent role in the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series The Pacific. This 10-part series, which is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Band of Brothers, was largely filmed in Australia and was released internationally in March 2010.

In 2008, Van der Boom appeared on Australian TV as Grace Barry in Channel 10's police drama Rush, but her character was killed off in episode 11, which aired 11 November 2008. Josef Ber's character, Sergeant Dominic "Dom" Wales, was originally scripted to be killed off. However, during production of the first season, Van der Boom had her USA green card approved which required her to relocate.[1]

She stars in the 2010 released psychological thriller Red Hill, opposite Ryan Kwanten and directed by Patrick Hughes.[2] Also in 2010 she starred in the comedic short 'Baby Cake' opposite Adam J. Yeend which received universal acclaim and multiple festival screenings around the world.

In 2010, she portrayed Sister Berenice Twohill in the telemovie Sisters of War, directed by Brendan Maher in which she won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress in 2011.[3]

Van der Boom starred in the tele-movie Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away The true story of notorious Drug Smuggler David McMillan she played David's doomed lover Clelia Vigano.

She portrays the ex-wife of Danny Williams (Scott Caan) in the new Hawaii Five-0 series.

In 2012, Claire was cast in two Off-Broadway world premiere productions of internationally renowned playwrights. She played 'Karen' in David Rabe's An Early History of Fire (The New Group) and took over the role of 'Sally' (originally played by Julianne Nicholson) in the extended season of Sam Shepard's Heartless (Signature Theatre).[4][5][6]

Claire had previously worked with Shepard in Tough Trade, the original series pilot for Epix. She played Billie Tucker in the "one-hour drama about a three-generation Nashville music dynasty with a penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce."[7] Claire also has an appearance in the film 5 Flights Up with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.

In November 2014, Universal Pictures secured the international distribution rights to the Australian feature Love Is Now, starring Claire and Eamon Farren.

Claire will next be seen in the films Chronic, Dear Eleanor, and Alison Eastwood's Battle Creek.

Claire recently appeared in the episode of Constantine titled "The Saint of Last Resorts", portraying the character of Anne-Marie who has secluded herself away from society in the guise of a catholic nun in Mexico, as a result of the Newcastle incident. She also has a shaky past with John Constantine and introduced him to the life he now leads.

Music career[edit]

In 2003 Claire recorded vocals for a track titled "Do What You Want" produced by Jason Hearn. This track was later remixed by Infusion, Max Graham and Jacob Todd. The Infusion remix is featured on the critically acclaimed Balance 005 compilation mixed by James Holden.[8] It is most notably found on renowned DJ Tiëstos album In Search Of Sunrise, Volume 4 (2005).[9]


  1. ^ Lynch, Sean. "Interview - Claire van der Boom". Web Wombat. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Kay, Jeremy (2010-02-18). "Momentum climbs Arclight's Red Hill". Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ Mills, Vanessa (3 May 2011). "Broome actor, Claire van der Boom, wins Silver Logie". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Groves, Don (28 November 2012). "Claire puts the accent on variety". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "An Early History of Fire". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Claire Van Der Boom Replaces Julianne Nicholson in Sam Shepard’s Heartless Off-Broadway". 14 September 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "T Bone Burnett Joins Epix’ ‘Tough Trade’". 1 December 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "James Holden - Balance 005 (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  9. ^ "In Search Of Sunrise, Volume 4 (2005)". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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