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Jan Hammenecker (born 24 January 1968, Ostend, Belgium) is a critical acclaimed Belgian character actor starring both in French and Flemish speaking productions. Hammenecker trained at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp and the Kleine Academie in Brussels.

He made his film debut starring as ‘Bobo’ in the Belgian movie ‘Max & Bobo‘ (Frédéric Fonteyne -1992), for which he receives the Interpretation Award at the Eurofilm Festival in Luhacovice (Czech Republic).

Hammenecker is perhaps best known in Belgium for his role as ‘Big Dick’ in Koen Mortier’s cult movie « ExDrummer » (2007).
His diverse film work includes ‘Kings and Queen’ by Arnaud Desplechin, ‘When the Sea Rises’ by Yolande Moreau and Gilles Porte, ‘Mr. Nobody’ by Jaco Van Dormael, ‘The Family’ by Luc Besson, ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ by Felix van Groeningen and ‘Cub’ by Jonas Govaerts.
His performance in ‘Tango Libre’ (Frédéric Fonteyne, 2013) was rewarded with a nomination as “Best Actor” for the Magritte Awards of Belgian Cinema 2014.

TV credits include ‘Spiral’ (french: Engrenages), ‘Missing Persons Unit’, ‘Pigalle La Nuit’, ‘Signature’ and ‘ Witnesses’ (Les Témoins) by Hervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux.

Most recently he received wide acclaim for his role as ‘Charles Van Praet’ in Willem Wallyn’s Flemish television series “De 16” (2016).

Next up he will be back as the well beloved sidekick character of ‘Justin’ in the second season of ‘Witnesses’ for France2, airing soon.

Hammenecker currently stars in the international award-winning television series by Kaat Beels and Nathalie Basteyns ‘Beau Séjour’ (Netflix).