Clara Cleymans

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Clara Cleymans
Cleymans in 2010
Born (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 33)
Wilrijk, Belgium
Education Lemmensinstituut
University of Antwerp
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1999–present
Jo Mahieu
(m. 2014)
Family Jelle Cleymans  [ nl ] (brother)

Clara Cleymans (born 5 January 1989) is a Belgian actress and musical theatre singer.


She began her career in 1997 by appearing in the Belgian TV series Samson en Gert . She made her film debut in the 1999 movie De Kabouterschat. After appearing in various productions, she portrayed one of the main characters in the TV series Dag & Nacht: Hotel Eburon (2010). She had leading roles in various TV series such as Thuis (2010–2011), Tegen de sterren op (2010–2018), Code 37 (2011), De Ridder (2013–2016), and We moeten eens praten (2021). Besides her television works, she had leading roles in films such as Kill Me Please (2010), Groenten uit Balen (2011), and Yummy (2019).

Early years and education

She was born on 5 January 1989 in Wilrijk, as the second child of Karin Jacobs and Jan Cleymans. She has an older brother, named Jelle. [1] [2] She attended the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, and then the philosophy department of the University of Antwerp. [3]


She began her acting career when she was 8 years old, and appeared as Klaartje in a 1997 episode of the Belgian television series Samson en Gert . [4] Her film debut came in 1999 by appearing as Liese in De Kabouterschat. [5] She had the same role in the following sequels as well, Plop in de Wolken (2000) and Plop en de Toverstaf (2003). [6] [7]

After having minor roles in various television series, she had her first leading role in the one-season VTM series Dag & Nacht: Hotel Eburon (2010) as Amber Claessens. Between 2010 and 2011, she portrayed Nina Oostvoghels, one of the main characters at that time of the Eén series Thuis . [8] She imitated various celebrities and public figures, and had different characters in the VTM satirical series Tegen de sterren op between 2010 and 2018 . [9] For her performances in the series, she was awarded with the Rising Star award in the Vlaamse Televisie Sterren 2011, [9] and nominated for the Best Actress in the 2012 edition of the awards. [10] Cleymans continued her film career with Kill Me Please (2010) [11] and Groenten uit Balen (2011). [12] She portrayed public prosecutor Helena De Ridder, the leading role of the four-season Eén series De Ridder (2013–2016). [13] [14] She was nominated for the Best Actress in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Vlaamse Televisie Sterren, for the performances in De Ridder, and De Ridder and Tegen de sterren op respectively. [15] [16]

Between 2018 and 2019, she portrayed Sarah Liebman, a Jewish girl that has a love affair with a non-Jewish guy Louis Segers (Jonas Van Geel) in a dramatic musical theatre '40-'45 that sets during the World War II. [17] [18] In the Belgian comedy horror zombie movie Yummy (2019), she played the hospital director Janja, one of the leading roles in the movie. [19] She appeared as Els and shared the main role with Rik Verheye in We moeten eens praten, the Eén mini-series that started to air in January 2021. [20]

Personal life

She married Jo Mahieu in 2014. The couple has two children, Jeanne (born 2016) and Romy (born 2019). [21] [22]


Cast and crew of '40-'45
(Clara Cleymans is the one with the green dress, September 2018) CastCrew4045.jpg
Cast and crew of '40-'45
(Clara Cleymans is the one with the green dress, September 2018)
1999De KabouterschatLiese
2000Plop in de WolkenLiese
2003Plop en de ToverstafLiese
2008Happy TogetherJulie Daelemans
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures SnowVoice of the Dutch version
2010 Kill Me Please Mlle Julia
2011HammertimeCherryShort film
2011Chit ChatAnnaShort film
2011 Groenten uit Balen Anlice
2011 The Smurfs Smurfette Voice of the Dutch version
2013 The Smurfs 2 Smurfette Voice of the Dutch version
2016Bottom-UpEefjeShort film
2019 Yummy Janja
1997 Samson en Gert KlaartjeEpisode: "De hamster van Octaaf"
1998 Heterdaad Clara PironSeason 3 episode 6
1999 Flikken Cara GoffinEpisode: "Partners"
2002 Spoed Sandie VermeireEpisode: "Stadsplannen"
2004RupelRilke GoeminneEpisode: "De kroon"
2006 F.C. De Kampioenen LeentjeEpisode: "De eerste prijs"
2006AspeTania JanssenEpisode: "Kinderen van de nacht"
2006–2007De KavijaksEpisodes: "Marcella" and "Belinda"
2008VermistIsabelle MaesEpisode: "Baby Alisha"
2010 F.C. De Kampioenen FienEpisode: "Bella Africa"
2010Dag & Nacht: Hotel EburonAmber Claessens12 episodes
2010 Witse SiennaEpisode: "Klare Lijn"
2010–2011 Thuis Nina Oostvoghels159 episodes
2010–2018Tegen de sterren opVarious roles and imitations88 episodes
2011 Mega Mindy Natalia TkofschipEpisode: "De Bompiano"
2011 Code 37 Vicky Renders13 episodes
2011Zonde van de zendtijdInspecteur de BabeSeason 3 episode 8
2011 Quiz Me Quick Monica10 episodes
2012AspeBrenda Schepens / Dorothy KahnEpisode: "Lüger"
2013–2016De RidderHelena De Ridder48 episodes
2018Connie & Clyde 2Wendy / WandaEpisode: "Wendy weet van Wanda"
2019–2020Dit zijn wijFiona Maas4 episodes
2021We moeten eens pratenEls
1999AssepoesterYoung AssepoesterMusical
2001Kuifje: De zonnetempelZorrinhoMusical
2011De Koepoort 15Sara
2011–2012 Fiddler on the Roof ChavaMusical
2013Diep in mij Yasmine [23] [24]
2014Costa Blanca
2016–2017Club 27
2017 Our Mutual Friend (Onze Wederzijdse Vriend)Lizzie/Venuz
2018 Così DespinaMusical
2018–2019'40-'45Sarah LiebmanMusical
2019Les Enfants du ParadisGarance

Awards and nominations

AwardCeremony dateCategoryWorkResult
Vlaamse Televisie Sterren 25 February 2011Rising StarTegen de sterren opWon
24 March 2012Best ActressTegen de sterren opNominated
15 March 2014Best ActressDe RidderNominated
18 April 2015Best ActressDe Ridder, Tegen de sterren opNominated

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