Dutch actor Wim (Willem) van der Grijn makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as the actor in The Diary of One Who Disappeared.
Wim van der Grijn grew up in Ameide, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands, and studied at the Toneelschool in Amsterdam, graduating in 1967. On graduation, he became a member of the Toneelgroep Centrum theatre company, where he also directed plays. He also acted for some years with the Toneelgroep Globe company. His television career was launched when he played the role of Tijl Uilenspiegel in the 1973 television series Uilenspiegel. He has gone on to act in more than forty television series and films, including Lucifer, Baantjer, Flikken, Kees de Jongen, Juliana: prinses van Oranje, Grijpstra & De Gier, Witse, Het leven uit een dag, Annie MG and Moordvrouw. He has also continued his theatre career, and appeared with companies including KVS (Oedipus), De Tijd Kaaitheater, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Toneelhuis (The Man Without Qualities) and NNT (a marathon production of Borgen).
Van der Grijn received a Louis d’Or prize for his performance as Kees de Jongen in the play of that name adapted by Gerben Hellinga (1971) and the Cor Hermus Prize for his performance in Edward Bond’s Lear. He was married to the actress Diane Lensink.