Sylvia Hoeks

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Sylvia Hoeks
Hoeks at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1983-06-01) 1 June 1983 (age 40)
Maarheeze, North Brabant, Netherlands
Other names
  • Sylvia Hoecks
  • Sylvia Hoek
EducationMaastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1997–present

Sylvia Hoeks (Dutch: [ɦuks]; born 1 June 1983)[1] is a Dutch actress and former model, best known internationally for her roles in Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018).

Early life and education[edit]

Hoeks was raised in Maarheeze, North Brabant, Netherlands.[2]

After finishing high school, she attended the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts.[3][4]

Besides her native Dutch, Hoeks speaks German, French and English and appears in productions made in those languages.[2][5]


Hoeks was scouted by Elite Model Management at age 14.[3][6] Her first job was a cover for Elle Girl,[6] and she traveled Europe as a model for several years while attending high school.[5]

Shortly after graduation from the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts,[5] Hoeks had a main role in the Dutch TV film Staatsgevaarlijk. In 2005, Hoeks appeared as a mistress in the series Gooische Vrouwen and had a main role in the psychological thriller series Vuurzee.

Hoeks' breakthrough was in the Jos Stelling film Duska (2007).[3] She won a Golden Calf (the Dutch equivalent of an Academy Award) for Best Supporting Actress for the role.[7][8] She next played Julia in The Storm (2009), and the title role in Tirza (2010).[5][8] Hoeks starred as Johanna van Heesch in The Gang of Oss in 2011,[9] and as Elise in The Girl and Death in 2012.[8] In 2013, she played Claire Ibbetson in the film The Best Offer, her first international role.[8][10]

Hoeks starred in the Dutch TV drama series Bloedverwanten [nl] ("Blood relatives") from 2010 to 2014, as well as the Dutch TV thriller series Overspel [nl] ("Adultery") from 2011 to 2015.[8]

Hoeks portrayed the replicant Luv in the 2017 science fiction film Blade Runner 2049.[11][12] She trained with weights and in martial arts for six hours a day, six days a week before and during filming.[4] Hoeks appeared as Lara in the Steven Quale action film Renegades.[13] In February 2017, she was cast as Leigh in All the Devil's Men.[14] In 2018, Hoeks played Lisbeth Salander's sister in the thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web, the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.[15] Beginning in 2019, Hoeks has appeared as Queen Kane in the Apple TV+ drama series See.[16]

Hoeks is starring in Jordan Scott's upcoming thriller Berlin Nobody, which began shooting in September 2022. The film is produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions and also stars Eric Bana and Sadie Sink.[17] She will portray Anne Nicole Smith in the upcoming biographical film Hurricana.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Frankie Rumina
2007 Duska The Girl
2008 Tiramisu Vanessa
2009 The Storm Julia
2010 Tirza Tirza
2011 The Gang of Oss Johanna van Heesch
2012 Vatertage – Opa über Nacht [de] Debbie
2012 The Girl and Death Elise
2013 The Best Offer Claire Ibbetson
Bros Before Hos Anna
2017 Whatever Happens Hannah
Blade Runner 2049 Luv
Renegades Lara Simic
2018 All the Devil's Men Leigh
The Girl in the Spider's Web Camilla Salander
2021 Plan A Anna
2024 A Sacrifice Nina Post-production
TBA Seacole Florence Nightingale Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Staatsgevaarlijk Nicolette Television film
2005–2009 Vuurzee [nl] Sonja Looman Main role (24 episodes)
2006 Gooische Vrouwen Lucy 4 episodes
2009 Taartman Tara Television film
2009–2013 't Schaep met de 5 pooten [nl] Ellie de Beer 3 episodes
2010–2014 Bloedverwanten [nl] Antje Zwager Main role (24 episodes)
2011–2015 Overspel [nl] Iris van Erkel-Hoegaarde Main role (32 episodes)
2016 Berlin Station Claudia Gartner 2 episodes
2019–2022 See Queen Kane Main role



  1. ^ "Sylvia Hoeks: Het Brabantse blijft altijd in me zitten". Weekend Online (in Dutch). 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Krista (25 August 2017). "Sylvia Hoeks Is Ready for Her American Debut". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "10 Europeans to Watch in 2017". Variety. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Guccione, Bob Jr. "Actress Sylvia Hoeks on working with Harrison Ford, what she's most attracted to in a man, and training six hours a day for Blade Runner 2049". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Danielsen, Shane (31 January 2011). "Berlinale: Shooting stars 2011". Variety. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b Ivan-Zadeh, Larushka (4 October 2017). "Sylvia Hoeks: 'Blade Runner overwhelmed me, it was so high fashion'". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Golden Calf Winners 1981 to date". Nederlands Film Festival. Retrieved 11 October 2017 – via
  8. ^ a b c d e f Geier, Thom (26 April 2016). "Blade Runner 2 Casts Dutch Actress Sylvia Hoeks". TheWrap. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  9. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (23 October 2011). "Review: The Gang of Oss". Variety. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  10. ^ Weissberg, Jay (24 January 2013). "Review: The Best Offer". Variety. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (26 April 2016). "Dutch Actress Sylvia Hoeks Joins Cast of Blade Runner". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  12. ^ Alexander, Bryan (6 October 2017). "Who is the killer replicant Luv? Meet Blade Runner 2049 breakout Sylvia Hoeks". USA Today. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  13. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (1 April 2015). "Matt Lanter Boards USS Indianapolis With Nicolas Cage; Two More Jump In The Lake". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (13 February 2017). "Sylvia Hoeks, William Fichtner Join Milo Gibson's Action-Thriller All the Devil's Men". Variety. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (20 October 2017). "Blade Runner Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Sequel". Variety. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (August 3, 2018). "Sylvia Hoeks & Archie Madekwe Join Apple Drama Series See From Steven Knight & Francis Lawrence". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Alex Ritman (May 19, 2022). "'Blade Runner 2049' Star Sylvia Hoeks Joins 'Berlin Nobody' as Protagonist Closes Key Sales (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  18. ^ Wiseman, Andreas; Grobar, Matt (December 7, 2023). "Hurricanna: First Look at Anna Nicole Smith Biopic Starring Sylvia Hoeks & Holly Hunter; Mark Duplass & Nicholas Hamilton Join Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  19. ^ "Sylvia Hoeks wint eerste Sylvia Kristel Award" [Sylvia Hoeks wins first Sylvia Kristel Award]. (in Dutch). 5 September 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Awards". (in Dutch). Film by the Sea. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Fourth Sylvia Kristel Award goes to Romy Louise Lauwers". Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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