Sylvia Hoeks is born in Maarheeze (South of Holland). At age 14, she was scouted by Elite models, and she started traveling as a model all around Europe for a couple of years. She finished high school and attended the Maastricht Theatre Academy. After graduation, she made her national breakthrough with the Jos Stelling film Duska (2007), for which she won a Golden Calf (the Dutch equivalent of the Oscars) at the annual Dutch Filmfestival. Sylvia quickly became in-demand for both stage and screen directors and stars in prestigious Dutch TV series like Overspel(VARA), Bloedverwanten (AVRO) and several theatre plays.