Markoesa Hamer graduated from the Amsterdam Academy of Dramatic Arts & Music Theatre in 2007. The four-year course was a highly disciplined environment for her to develop her acting for stage, as well as singing, writing and music.
After theatre college, she worked with many prominent theatre groups in the Netherlands including Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Suburbia and Toneelmakerij – where she played roles including Rebecca in Martin Crimp’s The Country and Junia in Jean Racine’s Britannicus.
On screen, she performed in films including Den Helder (Golden Calf 2008 for best TV film) and she played the role of Isa, one of the main characters, in the popular Dutch TV series Dokter Deen.
In 2011, Markoesa received a scholarship to study MA Acting for Screen at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She graduated with a distinction.
In London, Markoesa performed in the theatre production In The Beginning Was The End, a co-production with the National Theatre and dreamthinkspeak. She also acted in the BBC series Holby City and starred in the short film A Beautiful Death.
She returned to Amsterdam in April 2013, to continue her role as a regular in Dokter Deen.
Markoesa then took on the role of Carol in Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending and Grace Stoner in Stoner. She also played Julie in the film Aanmodderfakker (The Peter Pan Man/How To Avoid Everything). It won three Golden Calf awards at the Dutch Film Festival, including Best Film. Markoesa then starred in the Comedy Central sketch show Popoz and Popoz the Film. A year later, she had a leading role in the television film De Aflossing (The Swap).
As well as acting, Markoesa has sung, starred in and co-created three plays. Two of which combined Rock ‘n’ Roll music with Greek myths. She and her colleagues were awarded a Golden Egg – the award for best play for youth at the Parade Theatre Festival – for Don’t Look Behind You! (Niet Omkijken!)
She also enjoys improvisation and has performed several times with the group Nachtgasten.
Markoesa regularly does voiceover work in Dutch and English, for companies such as Hello Fresh and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
In 2019, she will perform with the Ulrike Quade Company in the production De Droomlozen (The Dreamless). This new play opens next September in Amsterdam and it will tour the Netherlands until the end of the year.