The Forgotten Battle cast features Gijs Blom, Jamie Flatters and Susan Radder. This info article contains minor spoilers for the 2020 film (now streaming on Netflix). Visit the Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., The Forgotten Battle takes place in 1944 during World War II. The film chronicles the Battle of Walcheren Causeway, and follows three characters of different backgrounds. A Dutch soldier contributes to the Nazi cause, a British pilot disobeys orders to participate in Operation Market Garden, and a Zeeland woman plots against the Germans who killed one of her family members. Here’s every main player in The Forgotten Battle.
The Forgotten Battle Cast: Gijs Blom as Marinus van Staveren
Character Profile: A Dutch solider who works for a Nazi officer named Oberst Berghof. During the Battle of Walcheren Causeway, he reconsiders his loyalties. Marinus’ perspective changes after his superior orders the execution of of a Zeeland teenager.
Blom’s Resume: Sieger in Boys (2014), Angelo Esposito in La Famiglia (2016), Rupert’s Boyfriend in The Death & Life of John F. Donovan (2018), Prince Viridian in The Letter for the King (2020), Mason in Dead & Beautiful (2021)
The Forgotten Battle Cast: Jamie Flatters as William Sinclair
Character Profile: A British pilot. He gets shot down and abandoned by two comrades during Operation Market Garden. William fights in the Battle of Walcheren Causeway and comes face to face with Marinus.
Flatters’ Resume: Kieran in Flat TV (2016), Matt Furnish in So Awkward (2015-16), Luke Earlham in Liar (2017-2020), Owen in Close to Me (2021), Neteyam in Avatar 2 (2022)
The Forgotten Battle Cast: Susan Radder as Teuntje Visser
Character Profile: A Zeeland woman who works the local mayor. She attempts to protect her brother Dirk, who is accused of plotting against German soldiers. Teun uses her brother’s intel to help comrades strategize against the Nazis.
Radder’s Resume: Lieke in Horizon (2016), Margriet in Spring (2017), Sanne Stokman in Moordvrouw (2017), Lulu Keizer in Women of the Night (2019-20), Lieke Meijer in Oogappels (2019-)
The Forgotten Battle Cast: Jan Bijvoet as Doctor Visser
Character Profile: Susan’s father. He helps sick Germans and Zeelanders. Dr. Visser agrees to compromise with Oberst Berghof and doesn’t realize that he’s being manipulated.
Bijvoet’s Resume: Koen in The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), Theo in Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Grand Duke Leon Petrovna in Peaky Blinders (2016), Vokia in The Letter for the King (2020), Richard “Rik” Mertens in Into the Night (2020-)
The Forgotten Battle Cast: Tom Felton as Tony Turner
Character Profile: William’s co-pilot. He gets severely injured during Operation Market Garden. Tony’s declining physical health leads to a fateful decision for one of his comrades during a confrontation with Nazis.
Felton’s Resume: Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter Movie Franchise (2001-11), Frankie in Message from the King (2016), Julian Albert in The Flash (2016-17), Logan in Origin (2018), Grand Guignol in A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
The Forgotten Battle Cast: Coen Bril as Henk Schneijder
Character Profile: William and Tony’s comrade. He’s a Dutch soldier who can’t swim. Henk stays loyal to his group after two survivors of Operation Market Garden abandon them.
Bril’s Resume: Nolas in Spangas (2015), Eddy Coolen in The East (2020), Jan Plesman in Turbulent Skies (2020), Heremans in Into the Night (2021)
The Forgotten Battle cast also includes Theo Barklem-Biggs (The Inbetweeners, Sliced), Scott Reid (Line of Duty, The Murders at White House Farm), Marthe Schneider (Gevoel voor Tumor, Glad IJs), Ronald Kalter (The East, Good Bad Girl), Hajo Bruins (Coverstory, Penoza), Justus von Dohnányi (The World Is Not Enough, Downfall) and Joep Paddenburg (Centraal, The Spectacular).
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