Sylvia Hoeks was born in Maarheeze, a southern town of the Netherlands. At age 14, she was scouted by Elite Models and traveled to many European countries to model. After doing this, she finished high school and attended the Maastricht Theatre Academy.
After graduation, she made her national breakthrough with the Jos Stelling film, Duska (2007), for which she won a Golden Calf (the Dutch equivalent of the Oscars) at the annual Dutch Film Festival. Sylvia quickly became in-demand for both stage and screen directors and stars in prestigious Dutch TV series, like Overspel (2011) (VARA), Bloedverwanten (2010) (AVRO) and several theatre plays.
Within two years after graduating, Sylvia had the opportunity to play her first leading role as "Julia" in the feature film, The Storm (2009) (Ben Sombogaart, 2009), which became a major box office hit. The film was a national success and reached the Stony Brook Film Festival (NY, USA) and Festroia International Film Festival (Setubal, Portugal), where she received the award for "best actress".