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Vanessa Vanderstraaten
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Born24 July 1988
Alma materNanyang Technological University (NTU)

Vanessa Vanderstraaten (born 24 July 1988) is a Singaporean actress under FLY Entertainment.[1] She is best known for her works in Marco Polo produced by Netflix in 2014 and her lead role in Lion Moms by Mediacorp in 2015.[1]


Vanessa and Justin Vanderstraaten. Photo from meWATCH.

Personal life

Vanessa Vanderstraaten is the older of the two siblings in the Vanderstraaten family. Her brother Justin Vanderstraaten was known for being in a relationship with Singaporean actress and host Rosalyn Lee for about two years.[2] Her father is James Vanderstraaten and her step-mother is Judy Goh.[3]

Her ethnicity is Chinese, Dutch/Sabahan and British.[4] In an article published by AsiaOne in 2016, Vanessa revealed that she'd been battling with hyperthyroidism since early 2015.[5]

"I found myself in situations where I'd be complimented on how slim I was, and when I tried to explain that I had hyperthyroidism and was on medication, I'd get inappropriate responses like 'You're so lucky! Now you can eat whatever you want.' It was bizarre."[5]

Relationship with Andrew Lua

Vanessa Vanderstraaten started a relationship with her fellow FLY Entertainment artiste Andrew Lua back in 2014.[6] As of 2022, it is not known if the couple are still together.


Vanderstraaten graduated from NTU in 2011 where she majored in English Literature and minored in Drama and Performance.[1]


Vanessa at the Premiere of Marco Polo. Photo from Fly Entertainment.

Theatre Works (2010 - 2012)

Vanessa Vanderstraaten was a part of the Singapore Repertory Theatre's Young Company from 2010 to 2012. In that time, she trained under Daniel Jenkins.[1] In that time, she's been a part of threatrical productions such as "Love & Other Oddities" under Theatre Lab Productions, "Ai Si" under Little Red Shop, and Grimm Tales under Singapore Repertory Theatre amongst others.[1]

Host & Presenter (2012-present)

Vanderstraaten has taken on the roles of host and presenter for live events and national television, respectively. Some of her more prominent gigs include her time as co-host on the "first season of local singing competition The Final 1 (Mediacorp, 2014)" and The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SuperSports Arena, 2012 and 2013).

She has worked with brands such as Vichy, Sephora and Marina Bay Sands as a live event host.[1][7]

Actress & Screenwriter (2012- Present)

Vanderstraaten gained recognition in the local acting scene in 2013 with Ken Kwek’s movie Sex.Violence.Family Values.[1] Since then, she's acted in numerous TV dramas and webseries from The Fifth Floor (2018) to Code of Law, Spouse for House and Lion Mums (2015).

Some of her more recognised works are her role in the first season of Netflix’s Marco Polo in 2014, as well as her recurring role across the seasons of Lion Mums produced by Mediacorp.[1]

She is also a screenwriter, having first started with the rom-com series @StarCrossed. She's also written episodes for The Deep End, The Fifth Floor, Titoudao: Inspired by the True Story of a Wayang Star, The Teenage Textbook Returns, and even Lion Mums 4.[8][9]

Nightjar Films Team. Photo from Instagram.

Nightjar Films (2022 - Present)

Vanessa Vanderstraaten is the co-founder of Nightjar Films, a film production company established in 2022. Her other co-founders include Yeo Lay Har, an executive producer and director with over 20 years of experience and Jason Godfrey, an experienced screenwriter of 7 years.[10] They were one of the top 5 finalists for Mediacorp’s Creative Assembly 2022.[11]


Film & Telemovies

Year Title Notes Ref
2016 The Love Machine [1]
Baby Bumps [1]
2013 Sex.Violence.Family Values - The Bouncer Directed by Ken Kwek [1]

Television Series & Web Series

Year Title Notes Ref
2022 Lion Mums - One For The Fans Mediacorp [12]
2021 Amaranthine Mediacorp [12]
2021 Third Rail Mediacorp [12]
My Lockdown Wedding Mediacorp [12]
2020 Lion Mums: Crash Landing on Schools Mediacorp [12]
Maisonette Mediacorp [12]
Love By Numbers Mediacorp [12]
2019 Lion Mums 3 Mediacorp [12]
2018 The Fifth Floor Mediacorp [1]
@StarCrossed Mediacorp [12]
Lion Mums 4 Mediacorp [12]
2017 Lion Mums 2 Mediacorp [12]
2016 Body And Soul Mediacorp [12]
2015 Lion Moms Mediacorp [1]
P.I. Mediacorp [12]
2014 Marco Polo Netflix [1]
What Do Men Want Bananamana Films [1]
Koji Cooks Mediacorp [7]
Spouse For House Mediacorp [7]
2013 Get Social Scrawl Studios [1][7]
Zero Calling Weiyu Films [7]
2012 Sex, Secrets and Lies Oak3 Films/ Toggle [7]
Letter to Heaven August Pictures [7]
Youth Diary Threesixzero Productions [7]
In Cold Blood Filmat36 [7]
Code of Law Weiyu Films [7]

TV Presenter / Host

Year Title Notes Ref
2016 Super Sports 360 [1]
2014 The Final 1 [1]
Fox Sports Asia 2014 [1]
2013 SuperSports Arena 2013 - The Standard Chartered Marathon [1]
2012 SuperSports Arena 2012 - The Standard Chartered Marathon [1]


Year Title Role Notes Ref
2012 Off Centre Various Yellow Chair Productions [7]
2012 Ai Si Lead Little Red Shop, STBD [7]
2012 Twelfth Night (Bruce Guthrie) Understudy Singapore Repertory Theatre [7]
2012 Against the Grain Various New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia [7]
2011 Grimm Tales (Daniel Jenkins) Various Singapore Repertory Theatre [7]
2011 Love & Other Oddities Various Theatre Lab Productions [7]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 FLY ENTERTAINMENT. “FEMALE ARTISTES- VANESSA VANDERSTRAATEN”. Fly Entertainment. n.d. Accessed on 6 December 2022.
  2. DJ Rosalyn and boyfriend call it quits”. The New Paper. November 12, 2015. Accessed on 12 December 2022.
  3. Vanessavands. “There will never be a day that I’m not grateful that you’re my second mother. I’m so crazy lucky to have your love. Happy birthday! ❤️🎂🎉”. Instagram. August 20, 2020. Accessed on 12 December 2022.
  4. Tan, Genna. "The Story of Rozz and Justin". August 26, 2014. Accessed 14 December 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 AsiaOne. "How Vanessa Vanderstraaten copes with the disease hyperthyroidism". AsiaOne. January 06, 2016. Accessed 14 December 2022.
  6. Goh, Rachael. “Meet Andrew & Vanessa”. Duet. Jan-March 2017. Accessed on 8 December 2022.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 FLY ENTERTAINMENT. “FEMALE ARTISTES- VANESSA VANDERSTRAATEN - Curriculum Vitae”. Fly Entertainment. n.d. Accessed on 6 December 2022.
  8. Nightjar Films. “About - Vanessa Vanderrstraaten”. Nightjar Films. 2022. Accessed on 8 December 2022.
  9. Tseng, Douglas. "Lion Mums’ Vanessa Vanderstraaten Didn’t See Ghosts On The Set Of Her Horror Series, But Instead Caught A Glimpse Of Her Dream Home". 8 Days. May 15, 2020. Accessed 14 December 2022.
  10. Nightjar Films. “Home”. Nightjar Films. 2022. Accessed on 8 December 2022.
  11. Vanessavands. “Happy to announce some good news I’ve been sitting on: say hello to @nightjar_films! We were so excited to be one of the top 5 finalists for @mediacorp’s #CreativesAssembly2022. Although we didn’t win, it was a great learning experience, & we’re very grateful to have participated. As a wise man once said, “A setback can be a comeback.” #JosephMandez 😜 We can’t wait to bring you shows you’ll love to watch. Stay tuned. 🥰💪🏻 #NightjarFilmsSG”. Instagram. November 4, 2022. Accessed on 8 December 2022.
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 me WATCH “Vanessa Vanderstraaten - meWATCH”. me WATCH. n.d. Accessed on 8 December 2022.