Halina Reijn

Date of Birth
10 November 1975, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Is a Dutch actress and writer.
Halina Reijn was professionally trained at the Theatre Academy in Maastricht. While still a student, she was asked to join the ensemble at the Theatercompagnie where she had leading roles in plays such as Hamlet (as Ophelia) and Shopping and Fucking (as Lulu) for which she received the prestigious Dutch theatre prize, the Colombina, as “Best Supporting Actress” in 1998. In 2003 she joined the ensemble at Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
In the 2006/2007 season, she performed in four plays: “The Taming of the Shrew”; “Hedda Gabler”; “Oresteia”; and “Mourning Becomes Electra”, for which she was nominated for a Theo d’Or as “Best Female Actress”.
Halina has performed on the big screen in the Oscar-nominated Zus & Zo (Paula van der Oest), A Father’s Affair (Maarten Teurniet), and Grimm (Alex van Warmerdam).
In 2006 she starred in A Thousand Kisses directed by Willem van de Sande Bakhuijzen, Black Book directed by Paul Verhoeven (the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards as Best Foreign Language Film) and Blind by Tamar van den Dop.Halina Reijn was 6 when she decided to become an actress. She grew up in Groningen a small city in the Netherlands. When she was 20 years old she was accepted by three theatre schools in the Netherlands. She choose to go to the Maastricht theatre academy. In her second year of training, Job Gosschalk, a Dutch casting director, came to visit the school and saw her in a play. He introduced her to Theu Boermans, a well known Dutch director and artistic leader of the Amsterdam theatre company, Halina than left the academy to debut on stage as Ophelia in Hamlet, directed by Boermans. In the same year she got her first part in a film directed by Paula van der Oest (Labyrinth) and the Maastricht Theatre Academy decided to give her a diploma. After that she continued to act on stage: ("Shopping and Fucking" - Colombina best supporting actress, "Lulu", "The Seagull", "Three Sisters", "Mourning becomes Electra" - theod'Or nomination), and in films: (Illes flottantes, "Zus en ZO" - nomination Academy Award best foreign film, "Grimm", "Passie vrucht", "Polleke").
Filmography
Îles flottantes (2001)
Zus & Zo (2001)
Villa des roses (2002)
De Afrekening (2002)
Flicka (2002)
Moonlight (2002)
Grimm (2003)
X & the Wildmen (2003)
Polleke (2003)
Father's Affair (De Passievrucht) (2003)
Masterclass (2005)
A Thousand Kisses (Ik Omhels Je Met 1000 Armen) (2006)
Black Book (Zwartboek) (2006)
For a few marbles more (Voor een paar knikkers meer) (voice) (2006)
Blind (2007)
Nadine (2007)
Valkyrie (2008)
Sintel (2010)
Isabelle (2011)
Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2011)