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'The Claus Family': 5 things you need to know about Jan Decleir and cast

The cast looks promising with Jan Decleir and Stefaan Degand in lead roles, among others
A still of Jan Decleir in 'The Claus Family' (IMDb)
A still of Jan Decleir in 'The Claus Family' (IMDb)

With the Christmas season right around the corner, filmmakers are busy creating family movies for the season's special, as the Christmas holidays get nearer. This Dutch Christmas special is directed by Matthias Temmermans, with Ruben Vandenborre and Elke de Gezelle as its writers. 

'The Claus Family' is the story of young Jules Claus, a classic party pooper of the holiday season. When he comes across a secret that's also been the family's legacy for years now, and with his grandfather being sick, it's up to Jules to save Christmas this year. Will he carry on the family tradition?


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Here's a quick look at who plays who in the Dutch movie.

Jan Decleir as Noel Claus

Jan Decleir is a Belgian stage and movie actor. Decleir landed his first big role in the film, 'Mira', in 1971, after which, he rose to fame, and made appearances in several Dutch films.  Decleir starred in 'Karakter' and 'Antonia', which were both Academy Award-winning movies, and also the Oscar-nominated drama, 'Daens'. From the years 1993 to 2019, he was titled Belgium's national performer of Sinterklaas. Decleir also led the Studio Herman Teirnlick for many years. During his time here, he brought in many new teachers and actors from various theater companies. 

Jan Decleir (IMDb)

Stefaan Degand as Holger 

Stefaan Degand is a Flemish actor by profession. Most of Degand's works lie in the theatre, and he was best known for his role as Dieter De Leus, from the fictional series, 'De Ronde'. In 2003, Degand graduated from the Drama Department of the Herman Teirlinck Institute, after which he took part in several theater productions by Theater Antigone and Het Toneelhuis. Degand even landed a role in the series, 'King of the World', in 2007. As of 2013, Degand has been a guest jury member on the game program, 'The smartest man in the world', airing on VIER.

Stefaan Degand (Instagram)

Other cast details 

The rest of the cast includes Mo Bakker as Jules Claus, Bracha van Doesburgh as Suzanne, Eva van der Gucht as Gunna, Sien Eggers as Jet, Josje Huisman as Ikka, Renee Soutendijk as Oma, Pommelien Thijs as Ella, Laurenz Sabbe as Dokter Twee, Wim Willaert as Stef, Kristof Coenen as piloot, Tom De Beckker as Inbreker, Mieke De Groote as Dokter, Janne Desmet as Assa, Rashif El Kaoui as Farid, Amber Metdepenningen as Noor, and Carly Wijs as Jantien.

'The Claus Family' releases on November 1, on Netflix.