Renee Soutendijk

Actor, Gymnast
With her curly blonde hair, kewpie doll looks and trim figure, it seemed almost inevitable that Soutendijk would abandon her ambitions as an Olympic gymnast to pursue an acting career. Upon graduating from the Academy ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1957 in Netherlands

Filmography

Actor (29)

Dial 9 For Love 2014 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

A Perfect Man 2013 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Anna Wunder 2000 (Movie)

Sophie Wunder (Actor)

Met Grote Blijdschap 2000 (Movie)

Els Groenendijk (Actor)

Hauptsache Leben 1998 (Movie)

Corinna de Jong (Actor)

Eve of Destruction 1991 (Movie)

Eve VIII (Actor)

Scoop 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Forced March 1989 (Movie)

Mira van der Meer/Fanni Radnoti (Actor)

Grave Secrets 1989 (Movie)

Iris Norwood (Actor)

Gdzieskolwiek jest, jeslis jest 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Een Maand Later 1987 (Movie)

Liesbeth (Actor)

The Madonna Man 1987 (Movie)

Juliane Mundt (Actor)

Boran -- Zeit Zum Zielen 1986 (Movie)

Linda Mars (Actor)

Motten im Licht 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Op hoop van zegen 1985 (Movie)

Jo (Actor)

The Second Victory 1985 (Movie)

Traudi Holzinger (Actor)

De Ijssalon 1984 (Movie)

Trudi (Actor)

The Fourth Man 1984 (Movie)

Christine Halsslag (Actor)

Abwarts 1982 (Movie)

Marion (Actor)

An Bloem 1982 (Movie)

Loedie (Actor)

Het Meisje met het rode haar 1980 (Movie)

Hannie Schaft (Actor)

Spetters 1980 (Movie)

Fientje (Actor)

Inside the Third Reich (TV Show)

Actor

Keeper of the City (TV Show)

Actor

Peter the Great (TV Show)

Actor

The Cold Room (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Riders (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With her curly blonde hair, kewpie doll looks and trim figure, it seemed almost inevitable that Soutendijk would abandon her ambitions as an Olympic gymnast to pursue an acting career. Upon graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts in her native The Netherlands, this Nordic beauty won roles on stage and in TV and films, usually projecting cool ambition tempered with compassion. She made her feature debut in Wim Verstappen's "Pastorale 1943" (1978) but gained prominence as a short-order cook with social ambitions in Paul Verhoeven's "Spetters" (1980). Soutendijk went on to portray a resistance fighter in "Het meisje met het rede haar/The Girl With Red Hair" (1981) before reuniting with Verhoeven as a mysterious beauty shop owner who seduces a bisexual novelist (Jeroen Krabbe) in "De Vierde Man/The Fourth Man" (1982). She has appeared in numerous features in her native The Netherlands including "Abwarts/Out of Order" (1983), "Op hoop van zegen/The Good Hope" (1986) and "Eeen maand later/A Month Later" (1987). For director Krzysztof Zanussi, she portrayed the wife of a German businessman slowly slipping into madness in "Gdzieskolwiek jest, jeslis jest/Wherever You Are/Wherever She Is" (1988). In "Forced March" (1989), she played an actress appearing in a biopic of a World War II figure (Chris Sarandon) which marked her English-language debut in features. Soutendijk played a dual role of a scientist and an android built in her image in the sci-fi thriller "Eve of Destruction" (1991). She subsequently appeared in the erotic thriller "House Call/The Apartment Block/De Flat" (1994), as a doctor who falls in love with a suspected murderer (Victor Low).

Soutendijk made her TV debut in English as Eva Braun in the ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich" (1982) opposite Derek Jacobi's Hitler. She has also appeared in the World War II drama "Behind Enemy Lines" (NBC, 1985) and the biographical miniseries "Peter the Great" (NBC, 1986). Soutendijk starred opposite David Selby in "King of the Olympics: The Lives and Loves of Avery Brundage" (syndicated, 1988) and was featured opposite Ben Kingsley in "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story" (HBO, 1989). She also played Anthony LaPaglia's wife in the Showtime cable movie "Keeper of the City" (1992).

Relationships

Thed Lenssen

Husband

EDUCATION

Academy of Dramatic Arts

Milestones

1991

Played first American character, a scientist and her android double in the sci-fi thriller, "Eve of Destruction"

1990

American film debut, "Grave Secrets"

1989

Moved to the US

1989

First English-language feature performance, "Forced March"

1982

US TV debut as Eva Braun in ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich" (also English language debut)

1982

Starred in Nouchka van Brakel's "Van de koele meren des doods/Hedwig/The Cool Lakes of Death"

1982

Starred in Paul Verhoeven's "Die Vierde Man/The Fourth Man"

1980

First collaboration with Paul Verhoeven, "Spetters"

1978

Film debut, "Pastorale 1943"

Trained as gymnast for Olympic competition

First collaboration with Nouchka van Brakel, "A Woman Like Eve"

Played roles on two Dutch TV series

Bonus Trivia

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Her last name is pronounced SOH-ten-deck

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