Omrop Fryslân and Steven de Jong Films are looking for a bear of a man with acting experience, for a unique series about the life of the Frisian freedom fighter Grutte Pier.

Are you Grutte Pier? 


  • Are physically strong and muscular
  • Are at least 1,90 meter/6’2’’ tall
  • Are between 30 and 45 years old
  • Have considerable acting experience
  • Will be available for at least two weeks a year between 2018 and 2025 (in consultation)
  • Have knowledge of the English and / or Frisian language (this is a plus)
  • Do not necessarily have a beard or long hair. We have a make-up artist.

Do the casting scene and sign up!

Who was Grutte Pier?

Pier Gerlofs Donia, also known as Grutte Pier, might be the most legendary Frisian. He lived between 1480 and 1520 and was a simple farmer in the village of Kimswerd. Around that time, there was a civil war going on and Pier’s wife and children were killed. Pier decided to pick up his sword and fight the occupier. 500 years later, Grutte Pier is still the most well-known Frisian freedom fighter. There was even a statue erected for him in Kimswerd.

Producer Steven de Jong, who is known for the movies “De Schippers van de Kameleon”, “De scheepsjongens van Bontekoe” and “De hel van 63”, is making a series about Grutte Pier, in collaboration with Omrop Fryslân. These eight episodes, covering eight years of his life, show how Grutte Pier became Grutte Pier.

Do you want to know more about Grutte Pier? Take a look at the animation below.


Press can contact Omrop Fryslân for more information about the project trough: gruttepier@omropfryslan.nlImages and video’s in high-quality can be downloaden trough the link below. 

Photo of Steven by: Marte Visser 

Photo by: Omrop Fryslân/Joris Kalma