Veerle Baetens, a woman of many talents
Actress, director, singer, scriptwriter and more... the talented Veerle Baetens was born on 24 January 1978 in Brasschaat in the province of Antwerp. She studied piano at music school and then began to study musical comedy at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Brussels. She soon attracted the attention of the cinema world and won roles in television series and films in the early 2000s. She became known to the general public in 2007, in the series Sara (Flemish version of Ugly Betty), in which she played the main character. The Vlaamse Televisie Sterren, (Flemish Television Stars) which awards prizes for Flemish television, also rewarded her for this role.
A few years later, Veerle Baetens left Sara to make a name for herself in more serious roles. In the Flemish series Code 37, she played Hannah Maes, the captain of a police squad in Ghent. In The Broken Circle Breakdown (Alabama Monroe in French) she revealed her talents as a singer. She is also known for her role in the series Cordon and the film D'Ardennen (The Ardennes). In 2017, she worked on the storyline for the successful series Tabula Rosa, and since 2016 she has been working on producing a film from the bestseller by Lize Spit, Het Smelt (The Melting).
The actress is just as comfortable playing French-speaking roles as Dutch-speaking roles. She has acted in several French-speaking films, such as Un début prometteur (A Promising Start), Des nouvelles de la planète Mars (News from Planet Mars) alongside François Damiens and Duelles (Mothers' Instinct) by Olivier Masset-Depasse. For the last of these, Veerle Baetens was voted Best Actress of the Year at the Magritte Awards. At the end of 2019, she also starred in the film Au nom de la Terre (In the Name of the Land) with Guillaume Canet.
With a large number of films and series under her belt already, the future looks promising for Veerle Baetens.
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