Sylvia Hoeks is a Dutch former model and actress, who is possibly best known internationally for her appearance in the TV series “See”, and the films “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” and “Blade Runner 2049.”

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Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Sylvia Gertrudis Martyna Hoeks hails from Maarheeze, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands, and was born under the Gemini zodiac sign on 1 June 1983, which makes her 40 years old as of 2023. She developed an interest in modeling at an early age, and was discovered by Elite Model Management agents when she was 14 years old.

Sylvia was educated at a local high school in Maarheeze. As her early modeling career gained traction, Sylvia had to work harder to balance her high school studies with her intense and long work commitments that saw her tour many European countries. She received her acting training at Maastricht Theatre Academy, and she previously revealed in an interview that she made it her priority to blend in with other students, who often questioned why a supermodel was studying acting when she already had another successful career.

Facts and Hobbies

Sylvia is a dog lover who enjoys spending her spare time walking and playing with her pet.

She also enjoys reading books, especially sci-fi fantasy novels.

Moreover, the Dutch actress is a fitness fanatic, who also often practices yoga. She avoids red meat and mostly relies on fish for protein. Sylvia largely follows a vegan diet.

Hoeks can speak fluent French, German, Dutch and English.

She was named a European films’ ‘‘Shooting Star’ by the European Film Promotion in 2011.

Film Appearances

Hoeks made her film debut as Rumina in the 2005 movie “Frankie.” In the mid-2000s, she appeared in three more movies including Jos Stelling’s Dutch movie “Duska.” Hoeks began the 2010s with an appearance in the 2010 drama “Tirza,” which was based on an eponymous novel by Arnon Grunberg. In 2011, she was cast to star as Johanna van Heesch in the crime drama “The Gang of Oss”, which was followed by an appearance in another Jos Stelling movie entitled “The Girl and Death” in 2012, and the Dutch comedy, “Bro’s Before Ho’s” in 2013.

Hoeks landed her first role in an American film role in 2017, when she was cast as Luv in the epic neo-noir sci-fi movie “Blade Runner 2049,” which was a sequel to the 1982 movie “Blade Runner.” To prepare for her role in the film, Sylvia undertook a special training program, which saw her spend six days a week and nearly six hours per day working out in the gym, comprising one and a half hours lifting weights, three hours doing cardio, and she reserved the remaining hours for vigorous martial arts training. She revealed during a session with “Interview” magazine that by the time she completed the training, she had gained over 10lbs (4.5kgs) of muscle. Hoeks also appeared in the Steven Quale-directed cation thriller “Renegades” in 2017.

In 2018, Hoeks landed the starring role of Leigh in the British action thriller, “All the Devil’s Men,” sharing the screen with Milo Gibson, William Fichtner and Gbenga Akinnagbe. In the same year, she landed another notable role – as Camilla Salander in the action-thriller, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.” Hoeks will appear in the upcoming movie “Berlin Nobody,” which is currently in production.

TV Appearances

Between 2005 and 2009, Hoeks starred as Sonja Looman in 24 episodes of the TV series “Vuurzee.” In 2006, she was cast as Lucy in Linda de Mol’s Dutch comedy-drama “Gooische Vrouwen” and her next noteworthy appearances were in the Dutch TV drama series “Bloedverwanten” (“Blood Relatives”), in which she starred in 24 episodes from 2010-2015 and the thriller “Overspel” (“Adultery”), in which she played the main role in 32 episodes from 2011 to 2015. Hoeks landed her first TV role in an American show when she was cast as Claudia Gartner in two episodes of the drama “Berlin Station” in 2016. From 2019 to 2022, she starred (as Queen Kane) alongside Alfre Woodard and Jason Momoa in the American sci-fi drama “See.” The series, which was created by the British screenwriter, producer, and director, Steven Knight CBE, is set in a post-apocalyptic distant future, where the descendants of humanity have lost the ability to see, and the sense of sight is considered a myth.

Modeling and Social Media Presence

Hoeks has been represented by the London-based talent agency, Curtis Brown; she made her modeling career breakthrough when she was featured on the cover of “Elle Girl.” She’s active on Instagram (@sylviahoeks) with around 100,000 followers, and uses her account to interact with her fans and supporters, and also to endorse various leading fashion brands.

Awards and Nominations

Out of the 11 awards she’s been nominated for, Sylvia has bagged seven. In 2007, she won the Netherlands Film Festival’s Golden Calf Award (the Netherlands’ equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Duska.” In 2010, she scooped a Silver Dolphin Award for Best Actress for her performance in “The Storm.” She later won the Berlin International Film Festival’s EFP Shooting Star Award in 2011, two Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands Awards – one for her performance in “Tirza” in 2010, and the other for “The Gang of Oss” in 2011, – a Sylvia Kristel Award in 2014, and an Austin Fantastic Fest Award for her performance in “Bro’s Before Ho’s” in the same year. Sylvia is a two-time nominee for the Rembrandt Awards for Best Dutch Actress, for her performance in “Tirza” in 2011 and “Bro’s Before Ho’s” in 2014.

Personal Life

Hoeks is in a romantic relationship with the musician, Boaz Kroon. The duo is fond of posting their photos together on their respective social media platforms, and has been spotted sharing romantic moments on several dates. Sylvia is unmarried and without any children as of 2023.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Hoeks is of White ethnicity and has a set of hazel eyes and dark brown hair. She stands 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, weighs around 130lbs (59kgs), and her vital statistics are 32B-25-34. The actress wears shoe size 6(US). One of her distinctive features is arched eyebrows.

Net Worth

Hoeks has starred alongside various famous names including Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Dave Bautista in the commercially acclaimed film “Blade Runner 2049,” which had an impressive box office collection of over $267 million, which greatly increased her popularity. On top of her acting career, Hoeks earned a decent sum from her previous modeling career, and is  worth around $4 million as of 2023.

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