Kim van Kooten is a Dutch actress and screenwriter. In international cinema she is best known for the 2003 Dutch/US co-production Phileine Says Sorry, filmed partly in New York, in which she plays the lead.
Van Kooten grew up in Zuidoostbeemster. She is the daughter of Kees van Kooten and Barbara Kits. Her brother is the actor and singer Kasper van Kooten.
She studied screenwriting at the Film Academy in Holland, but dropped out in the first year. After a chance meeting with director Robert Jan Westdijk, van Kooten made her acting debut in the film Zusje. These were followed by films such as Jesus is een Palestijn, Mariken and Phileine Zegt Sorry.
She is also a screenwriter and was asked by Theo van Gogh to do the script for the film Blind Date. She now specialises in working with characters and real-life dialogue.
Besides being an actress and writer, van Kooten worked as an editor and presenter for the cinema programme Stardust for the Dutch television network VPRO. She now is the star of a new dramedy show called Evelien, shown on Net 5.
She has written the script of the successful Dutch movie Alles is Liefde. The movie has been seen over a million times, which resulted in a Diamanten film award. Later, it received a Dutch Golden Calves award for best Dutch movie. She is married to actor Jacob Derwig, with whom she has two children, Roman and Kee Molly. They met on the set of the TV-series De acteurs, where various actors played different roles written by Van Kooten.