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Johnny de Mol
Laren, the Netherlands
Johnny de Mol is part of a large media family. He is Willeke Alberti and John de Mol’s son and Johnny’s aunt is presenter and actress Linda de Mol. Therefore it is not surprising that Johnny discovered his love for the entertainment industry at a very young age. At the age of six he started playing the drums and piano and at eleven he began playing guitar, which resulted inthe launch of his first rock band at the age of 13, called “Plain Habit”.
After finishing high school Johnny worked backstage for about three years for several well-known Dutch television programs, such as; Het gevoel van…, De Staatsloterij Show and Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden, all for the network RTL4. At the last production he eventually became assistant director.
De Mol participated in numerous theater workshops, and soon after that, in 2000, he appeared on the big screen as Sylvester Koetsier in Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (RTL4). Afterwards roles followed in the series Baantjer (RTL4), Spangen (TROS), All Stars (VARA) and Costa! (BNN).
After 2002 Johnny has played several roles in series like Bon Bini Beach (Yorin), Russen (KRO), Band I (VARA), Band II (VARA) (Best Comedy for the BANFF Rockie Award), Penoza (KRO), and he even had his own program 100% Johnny on the music channel TMF.
During spring 2002 Johnny played a prominent supporting role in the film Oesters van Nam Kee from the similarly named book written by Kees van Beijnum and directed by Pollo de Pimentel. Johnny also portrayed the main character of Ewoud in the television film Boy Ecury directed by Frans Weisz and played in the international film The Emperor’s Wife, in which he had the role of Thembe. Both these films were released in 2003. The following years his career only grew more due to receiving a Golden Statue for Best Actor in the film Drijfzand and acting in the internationally acclaimed film Simon directed by Eddy Terstall. Futhermore, Johnny played in the Dutch hit film Vet Hard!, 06/05 and Cool by the director Theo van Gogh. In 2005 and 2006 Johnny had ongoing roles in the television show De Vloer Op (Human) and Rozengeur & Wodka Lime (RTL4) and played in the international film Black Book, directed by Paul Verhoeven. He had a role in Ik Omhels Je Met 1000 Armen directed by Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen. De Mol played several guest roles in the Net5 series ‘De co-assistent’ and ‘Verborgen gebreken’ and he played the protagonist in de BNN series ‘Walhalla’ as well. In 2011 Johnny de Mol acted in the film ‘Patatje oorlog’, which was based on the book ‘Een kleine kans’ written by Marjolein Hof. ‘Patatje oorlog’ got awarded with the ‘Best European film award’ by the European Children Film association and with the ‘Best children’s Feature Award’ on the International Children’s Film Festival. In 2012 Johnny acted in the BNN series ‘Van god los’ and in the Flemish series ‘Crimi Clowns’. In 2013 Johnny acted together with comedian Najib Amhali in the film ‘Valentino’, and in September 2013 Johnny starred in the film ‘Smoorverliefd.’
Besides presenting Johnny tried to remain acting. On stage De Mol had success with the play Onze Jeugd, where he performs next to Katja Schuurmans en Teun Kuilboer. This piece was praised by the press. In 2006 he played one of the leading roles in Sexual Perversity which got nominated for the Audience Theatre Award. Johnny played a lead role in the play ‘Romeo over Julia’. This play was being performed accross the Netherlands until March 2009.
During the first five months of 2007 Johnny studied at New York Film Academy whilst living in New York. In the second half of 2007 Johnny was the leading actor in the police series Van Speijk (Tien), playing a young and emotional police officer. Additionally, he had the leading role in the film Vox Populi, which is a political satire, that came out in fall 2008. Johnny de Mol acted in the low budget films Sarah en Hij, and Ver van Familie as well.
In 2008 Johnny travelled around the world for his own television program ‘Waar is de Mol?’ (Veronica), which is a television program where he invites a Dutch celebrity to go on a trip with him to explore a location in the world that they feel connected to. It almost seems like presenting runs in his blood, since De Mol has already been travelling six seasons around the world for ‘Waar is de mol?’. In 2010 Johnny presented ‘Beat the mol’. Moreover, during the EK of 2012, Johnny presented ‘De mol trapt af’.
Another program Johnny presented is called Down with Johnny. In this program he follows several people with a disability who are about to make an important step in their lives. A program that came after Down with Johnny is SynDroom (RTL), a similar program presented by De Mol as well. A new season of SynDroom will come out soon. Furthermore, Johnny has presented ‘Koning Voetbal’, of which a new season will appear in fall 2014. In October 2013 Johnny was awarded with the Silver Television Star for best television man of the year. Johnny’s latest programmes are ‘Meeuwis en de Mol’, ‘Johnny in Oranje’, ‘Syndroom’, and ‘Koning Voetbal’.
In addition to his acting and presenting career, Johnny is a well-known DJ, both nationally and internationally.