Renée Soutendijk

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Renée Soutendijk
Renée Soutendijk 1992.jpg
Renée Soutendijk in 1992
Renette Pauline Soutendijk

(1957-05-21) 21 May 1957 (age 62)
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Thed Lenssen[1]

Renette Pauline Soutendijk (born 21 May 1957), known professionally as Renée Soutendijk, is a Dutch actress. A gymnast in her youth, Soutendijk began her acting career in the late-1970s. She was a favorite star of director Paul Verhoeven's films and is perhaps best known for her work in his 1980 release Spetters, and 1983's The Fourth Man. Her good looks and striking blond hair secured her status as a Dutch sex symbol in the 1980s.[2][3][4]

Soutendijk attempted to establish herself in the United States in the late-1980s, and appearing in the science fiction film Eve of Destruction (1991). Since the 2000s, she has played a number of television and stage roles, and appeared as one of the leads in the 2012 RTL 4 television series Moordvrouw. She has also had supporting roles in the American drama A Perfect Man (2013) and in Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria (2018).

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Soutendijk was born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands, on 21 May 1957.[5][6] In her youth, Soutendijk was a qualifying Olympic gymnast.[7] She studied acting at the Academy for Podium Formation in The Hague.[8]

Television and film beginnings[edit]

Soutendijk made her television debut in the Dutch television series Dagboek van een herdershond (English: Dutch the Shepherd Dog (1979–1980).[8] She began her film career playing the heroines in the Paul Verhoeven-directed cult films Spetters (1980)[9] and The Fourth Man (1983). Spetters established her as a sex symbol; the movie and its star attracted attention in the United States as well,[10] and The New York Times saw her "stylish performance" of a "compelling character" as a focal point of the movie.[11] In the early 1980s, Soutendijk, Monique van de Ven, and Willeke van Ammelrooy were the three best-known actresses in Dutch cinema, and most movies featured one of the three.[1] The movie that marked her breakthrough as an actress in a major role, though, is considered to be The Girl with the Red Hair (1981), in which she played Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft.[12] From 1981 to 1989 she played in Zeg 'ns Aaa, one of the longest-running and most popular Dutch sitcoms. In 1983, Soutendijk gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Caro.[8]

Soutendijk and Jeroen Krabbé promoting The Fourth Man, 1983

Soutendijk's first English-language role was as Eva Braun in the made-for-TV movie Inside the Third Reich. Her subsequent TV movie roles included Anna Mons in Peter the Great (1986) and Mrs. Simon Wiesenthal in Murderers Among Us (1989).[13] She sought a career in Hollywood and lived in the United States for a year and a half. She played opposite Academy-award nominee Chris Sarandon in the Holocaust-themed movie Forced March (1989), and the title character in Eve of Destruction (1991), in which she portrayed an android opposite Gregory Hines.[14]

In the late 1990s she played in another Dutch film (De Flat) [15]. She also acted in German television movies (and series, including Tatort) in which, she said, she was rarely typecast and played more interesting characters.[1] In 1996, she gave birth to her son, Jaïr.[8] The films Dial 9 and Met grote blijdschap (With Great Joy), which were both released in 2001, marked her return to the Dutch movie-screen after a four-year absence.[1]

2000s and later career[edit]

Soutendijk subsequently played roles in television shows and as a stage actress, playing for instance Queen Juliana (2006)[16] and a woman dying of cancer in Margaret Edson's Wit (2010).[17][18][19] In 2011, Soutendijk was given the Rembrandt Award for her body of work.[20] That same year, news came that Soutendijk was to star in a television series for RTL 4, Moordvrouw, a police drama.[21][22] In 2018, Soutendijk had a supporting role in Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria, a reimagining of the Dario Argento film of the same name.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Pastorale 1943 Marie Bovenkamp
1978 Deadly Sin [nl] Renée
1979 A Woman Like Eve Sigrid
1980 Spetters Fientje
1981 The Girl with the Red Hair Hannie Schaft
1981 The Forbidden Bacchanal [nl] Corrie
1982 Inside the Third Reich Eva Braun Television film
1982 Hedwig: The Quiet Lakes Hedwig
1983 The Fourth Man Christine Halsslag
1983 An Bloem Loedie
1984 The Cold Room Lili Television film
1984 Out of Order Marion
1985 Private Resistance Trudi
1986 Op hoop van zegen Jo
1986 Motten im Licht
1987 Scoop Ishmaelia - Kätchen
1987 The Second Victory Traudi Holzinger
1987 A Month Later [nl] Liesbeth
1987 Der Madonna-Mann [de] Juliane Mundt
1987 Der Fall Boran
1987 Boran - Zeit zum Zielen Linda Mars
1988 King of the Olympics: The Lives and Loves of Avery Brundage Linnea Dresden Television film
1988 Wherever You Are... [pl] Nina
1989 Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story Cyla Television film
1989 Forced March Myra
1989 Grave Secrets Iris Norwood
1991 Eve of Destruction Dr. Eve Simmons / Eve VIII
1991 Keeper of the City Vickie Benedetto Television film
1993 The Betrayed Olga Grond Television film
1993 Seventh Heaven Charlyne
1994 De Flat Roos Hartman
1996 The Little Riders Beatrix Hunter
1998 Hauptsache Leben Corinna
1999 Dance of the Dolphins Claire Strauss Television film
2000 Anna Wunder Sophie
2001 With Great Joy [nl] Els
2001 Hochzeit zu viert Susanne Berthold
2001 Hanna - Wo bist Du? Erika Strom Television film
2003 Eine Liebe in Afrika [de] Jane Television film
2008 Radeloos [nl] Vera Scholte
2009 Der Mann aus der Pfalz [de] Hannelore Kohl - alt
2013 A Perfect Man Martha
2018 Redbad Idwina
2018 Suspiria Miss Huller


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Hitchhiker Sara Kendal Episode: "Murderous Feelings"
1986 Peter the Great Anna Mons Miniseries
1999 Schimanski: Sehnsucht [de] Eva Marsfeldt Episode: "Sehnsucht"
2000–2005 Tatort: Bittere Mandeln [de] Eva Maria Klein / Evelyn 2 episodes
2002 The Enclave Ilse Terhoef Miniseries
2008 S1ngle Edith 5 episodes
2008–2009 Leipzig Homicide Maja Peters 4 episodes
2009 Vienna Crime Squad Wanda Wolf Episode: "Preis der Schönheit"
2009 Ein starkes Team Katarina Kamm Episode: "Geschlechterkrieg"
2012 Van God los Ellen Episode: "D.I.S.C.O."
2012 Moordvrouw Carla Vreeswijk 50 episodes
2016–2017 Centraal Medisch Centrum Emily Zomer 16 episodes


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  12. ^ Veraart, Karin (17 July 2001). "Impressies van 20 jaar film". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Murderers Among Us". Los Angeles Times. 23 April 1989. p. 7. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
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  17. ^ Embrechts, Annette (20 April 2010). "Joods meisje heeft verrassend scherpzinnige kijk op het leven". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  18. ^ "Podiumkunsten". de Volkskrant. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  19. ^ Embrechts, Annette (10 March 2010). "Sterven zonder ontroering". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  20. ^ "New Kids wint Rembrandt Award beste film". de Volkskrant. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  21. ^ "Wendy van Dijk en Renée Soutendijk in nieuwe politieserie". Televizier. 27 June 2011. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  23. ^ Van Zwol, Coen (2 September 2018). "Heksenfilm 'Suspiria' is een matriarchale nachtmerrie". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 28 October 2018.


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