Jan HAMMENECKER

Bio (eng)

Jan HAMMENCKER – Actor

Jan Hammenecker (born 24 January 1968, Ostend, Belgium) is a critical acclaimed Belgian character actor starring in French, Dutch and English-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; by night’, ‘Signature’ and ‘Witnesses’ (french: Les Témoins) created by Hervé Hadmar & Marc Herpoux. He stars as the well beloved sidekick character of ‘Justin’ in both seasons of ‘Witnesses’, a “nordic thriller”, that is aired in more than 70 countries (Netflix, BBC 4) 

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

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

He will guest star in an upcoming episode of the second saison of Ransom” , a drama television serie, created by David Vainola and produced by Frank Spotnitz for CBS.