Veerle Baetens (born 24 January 1978) is a Belgian actress and singer probably best known for her role as Elise/Alabama in The Broken Circle Breakdown and as lead detective Hannah Maes in the crime drama Code 37. She has also starred in numerous Flemish movies.

Early life

Baetens was born in Brasschaat, Belgium. She had a musical education at the Hoger Instituut voor Dramatische Kunsten in Brussels.

Career

In 2005, she won the “John Kraaijkamp Musical Award”, in the category of ‘Leading Actress in a musical’, for the title role in the Dutch musical adaptation of Pippi Longstocking.

In 2008, she won the Flemish TV-star Award (Flemish equivalent of the Emmy Award) for Best Actress and Most Popular TV Personality, both for the title role in Sara.

In 2012, she released an album with her band “Dallas”, called Take it all.

In 2013, she won the “best actress” category at the European Film Awards for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown.

In 2013 she portrayed Margaret of Anjou in Starz miniseries The White Queen, based on the novel of the same name by Philippa Gregor.

Filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
2000 Misstoestanden Fanny Kiekeboe Renaat Coppens
2002 Alias Girl at car rental Jan Verheyen
Up The woman Jeroen Dumoulein & Dirk Verheye Short
2003-04 Wittekerke Els ‘Rachel Cohen’ Jacobs Several TV Series (20 Episodes)
2004 The Kiss Rita Hilde Van Mieghem
De zusjes Kriegel Anne Dirk Beliën
Romance Chantal Douglas Boswell Short
Costa! Veerle Robin Pera TV Series (1 Episode)
Rupel Kathy Bergmans Renaat Coppens (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
Sprookjes Rudi Van Den Bossche TV Series (1 Episode)
Flikken Annick Lafaille Toon Slembrouck & Dirk Corthout TV Series (4 Episodes)
2005 Verlengd weekend Lisa Hans Herbots
Litteken The woman Bert Temmerman Short
2006 Love Belongs to Everyone Barbara Hilde Van Mieghem (2)
Stormforce Alex Breynaert Hans Herbots (2)
2007-08 Sara Sara De Roose Several TV Series (164 Episodes)
2008 Loft Ann Marai Erik Van Looy
Lang Zullen Ze Leven Irna Hans Claes Short
Samaritan The nurse Douglas Boswell (2) Short
2009 The Over the Hill Band The nurse Geoffrey Enthoven
2009-12 Code 37 Hannah Maes Several TV Series (39 Episodes)
2010 Zot van A. Anna Reynders Jan Verheyen (2)
Yellow The woman Stijn Guillaume Short
2011 Come as You Are The nurse Geoffrey Enthoven (2)
Code 37 Hannah Maes Jakob Verbruggen
2012 The Broken Circle Breakdown Elise Vandevelde/Alabama Felix Van Groeningen European Film Award for Best Actress
Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Film Club’s The Lost Weekend – Best Actress
Film Festival Oostende – Best Actress
2013 The Verdict Meester Teugels Jan Verheyen (3)
The White Queen Margaret of Anjou Jamie Payne TV Mini-Series (Episodes 4 and 5)
2014 Halfway Natalie Geoffrey Enthoven (3)
Cordon Katja Tim Mielants TV Series (10 Episodes)
2015 The Ardennes Sylvie Robin Pront
Un début prometteur Mathilde Carmain Emma Luchini
The Team Alicia Verbeeck Kasper Gaardsøe & Kathrine Windfeld TV Series (8 Episodes)
2016 News from Planet Mars Chloé Dominik Moll
Au-delà des murs Lisa Hervé Hadmar TV Mini-Series
2017 Tabula Rasa [Anne]”Mie” D’Haeze Kaat Beels & Jonas Govaerts TV Series (9 Episodes)
Also writer
2018 Mothers’ Instinct Alice Brunelle Olivier Masset-Depasse Magritte Award for Best Actress
2019 Cheyenne et Lola Cheyenne Eshref Reybrouck TV Series (8 Episodes)
Une sœur operator Delphine Girard Nominated for an Oscar for best short movie
2020 Zuur Kim Robin Pront Short

Musicals

  • Cabaret (1998)
  • Where were you when… (1999)
  • Nonsens (1999)
  • Chicago (2000)
  • Holiday Love Show (2003)
  • Pippi Langkous (2005) – Pippi Langkous

Awards as film actress

Year Award Category Film Result
2013 European Film Awards[8] European Actress The Broken Circle Breakdown Won
2013 Tribeca Film Festival Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Won
2016 Magritte Awards[9] Best Actress Un début prometteur Won