Willeke van Ammelrooy

Willy Geertje van Ammelrooij (born 5 April 1944), known as Willeke van Ammelrooy, is a Dutch actress and director.

Willeke van Ammelrooy
Willeke van Ammelrooy in 1973
Born (1944-04-05) 5 April 1944
OccupationActress, Director
Years active1966–present

Life and career

Willeke van Ammelrooy was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She attended drama school in Amsterdam.

Van Ammelrooy has acted on stage as well as in films. She participated in 27 movies. Her first film was Mira in 1971.

Success with Antonia's Line

She later starred in the award-winning feminist film Antonia's Line, which tells the story of an independent woman who, after returning to the anonymous Dutch village of her birth, establishes and nurtures a close-knit matriarchal community.

She received positive reviews and the Golden Calf for Best Actress for her performance and the film enjoyed critical success, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards. Emanuel Levy, writing for The Advocate, wrote "It's easy to see why" the film was winning awards in festivals, calling it "an enchanting fairy tale that maintains a consistently warm, lighthearted feel," and Willeke van Ammelrooy wonderful.[1] Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it "a work of magical feminism."[2] The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award.[3]

According to Box Office Mojo, the film completed its run grossing $4,228,275 in North America, 1,660,901 admissions in the European Union, and $21,046 in South Korea.[4]

Other work

In 2017, she was announced as a member of the ShortCutz Amsterdam film jury.[5] An annual film festival promoting short films in Amsterdam.[6]

Personal life

Van Ammelrooy is married to the Dutch opera singer Marco Bakker.



  • Het Glazen Huis (2004–2005)



  1. Emanuel Levy, "A fairy tale," The Advocate, March 5, 1996, p. 64.
  2. Maslin, Janet (2 February 1996). "A Line of Strong Women With Faith in Destiny". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. Guthmann, Edward (14 February 1996). "Antonia's' Tangled Line". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. "Antonia's Line". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  5. 5th ShortCutz Amsterdam Annual Awards
  6. Dutch Short Films Are the Focus - Shortcutz Amsterdam Go Social Film Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
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