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Kristel Verbeke

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Kristel Verbeke
Kristel Verbeke bij K3 show.jpg
Background information
Birth nameKristel Philemon Charlotte Verbeke
Born (1975-12-10) 10 December 1975 (age 46)
OriginHamme, Belgium
Occupation(s)Singer, actress, host, musicalactress
Years active1997–present
LabelsStudio 100, Sony BMG
Associated actsK3 (1998–2016)

Kristel Philemon Charlotte Verbeke (born 10 December 1975 in Hamme) is a Flemish singer, actress, host and one of the three original members of the girl group K3. After leaving K3 in 2015, she became the group's manager, remaining in this position until 2017. Since leaving K3, Verbeke focused on TV producing and acting.

Life and career

Early life

When Verbeke was 13 her parents divorced. She lived with her father, but kept in touch with her mother. Her two sisters died in their youth. Her younger sister Véronique died at home at age 11 due to carbon monoxide poisoning and her older sister Isabelle died in a car accident at age 21. Her father died of lung cancer at the beginning of the K3 breakthrough.[1] After completing secondary education, she trained as a regent for Dutch, history and economics.

Before meeting the other two K3 members Karen Damen and Kathleen Aerts in 1998, she worked as a bank clerk in Laarne and performed in an homage to Ann Christy together with Robert Mosuse, Andrea Croonenberghs and Pascale Michiels. She also sang as a backing vocalist of Niels William, who later became the discoverer and very first manager of K3.[2]


William introduced Verbeke to Damen and Aerts, and suggested they participate in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest. They then entered the preselections with the song "Heyah Mama".[2] The intention was to make the group the Flemish version of the British all-female group "Spice Girls". Thus, K3 was composed of all females in their twenties, and like the Spice Girls, women in their twenties where originally the target audience. This is noticeable in their early lyrics including their first single, "Wat ik wil" (What I want), whose release was not very successful. Eventually, the group achieved great success with adults, but especially with children.[2]

K3 achieved success after the release of "Heyah Mama", and in 2002 William sold the band to Studio 100.[2] The production company made them an even bigger success, with merchandising, film, TV series and books also being released.[2] Aerts left the band in 2009, while Verbeke and Damen kept on. On 27, 28 and 29 May 2011, Verbeke, with K3, was a guest at De Toppers in the Johan Cruyff Arena (then known as Amsterdam ArenA). Verbeke and Damen participated to a talent show airing on VTM. Thereafter they made Josje Huisman join the band. Later it was announced that also Verbeke and Damen would leave the band. After K3's label announced that they would look for new members in late 2015,[3] Verbeke herself helped to choose her successor in a televised competition to determine the new K3.[2] The competition started airing in the Netherlands and Belgium in August 2015. Klaasje Meijer, Hanne Verbruggen and Marthe De Pillecyn were designated as the new K3.[4]

Verbeke was then appointed the new manager of K3 by Studio 100.[2][5] After two years in this position, in June 2017 she announced that she was stepping down as manager of K3 to make more time for her family and focus on other projects.[6][2]

Post K3

After leaving K3, Verbeke emerged as a TV producer and theater actress.[7] In 2016 she presented Generation K for Ketnet, an educational program broadcast by VRT.[2][8] In the spring of 2021 she rejoined Sven De Ridder in the theater comedy Proper Lakens, while starting to record the second season of Zorgen voor mama, the first season of which was nominated for the Prix d'Europe in the best documentary category.[9]

Personal life

She married singer Gene Thomas and has two daughters, Lily and Nanou.


Studio albums


Year Film Role Notes
2004 K3 en het Magische Medaillon Kristel, main role First K3 theater movie
2006 K3 en het Ijsprinsesje Kristel, main role
Piet Piraat en het Vliegende Schip The Blue Flesh-eating Plant Voice only
2007 K3 en de Kattenprins Kristel, main role
2010 Wicky The Viking: The Movie Lee Fu Voice only, (Dutch Dub)
2012 K3 Bengeltjes Kristel, main role Sequel following the sitcom.
2014 K3 Dierenhotel Kristel, main role Sequel to K3 Bengeltjes
2014 How To Train Your Dragon 2 Valka Flemish Dub
2015 Phantom Boy Mom (Dutch/Flemish Dub)
Year Title Role Notes
1999,2002 Samson & Gert Herself, special guest appearance "K3 Komt Op Bezoek" & "K3 Komt Niet"
2003–2015 De Wereld van K3 Herself, host Talkshow
2005 FC De Kampioenen Herself Cameo, "Het Lied"
2009 De Pfaffs Herself Reality series, guest appearance
K2 Zoekt K3 Herself Talentshow to search for the new K3 member
2010 De Pfaffs Herself Reality series, guest appearance
Hallo K3! Kristel, main role Sitcom, 2010–2012
2014–2016 Ghostrockers Elvira De Neve Recrurring role
2015 Perfect!? Herself Reality series, guest appearance
K3 zoekt K3 Herself Judge, talentshow to search for new members for K3
2016 Nieuwe Buren Herself Reality series, guest appearance
2016–present Generatie K Herself Host


  1. ^ ""Gelukkig heb ik het liefste ventje ter wereld"". Primo Magazine. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Het verhaal van Kristel (41), het laatste 'oude' K3'tje dat de Studio 100-deur achter zich toetrekt". Het Nieuwsblad. Archived from the original on 6 February 2021. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Zangeressen van K3 geven stokje door" (in Dutch). 18 March 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ "De nieuwe K3 wordt: Hanne, Klaasje en Marthe". Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Kristel Verbeke manager nieuwe K3" (in Dutch). 9 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ Kristel Verbeke stopt als manager K3
  7. ^ D'Huysser, Christophe (5 October 2021). "Voormalig K3-zangeres Kristel Verbeke waarschuwt Hanne en Marthe: "Een nieuw K3'tje inpassen is een uitdaging"". Het Laatste Nieuws. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  8. ^ De Morgen (26 October 2021). "Kristel Verbeke presenteert 'Generatie K': "Kinderen mogen". De Morgen. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  9. ^ JR (29 September 2021). "Kristel Verbeke maakt tweede seizoen van 'Zorgen voor mama'". Het Laatste Nieuws. Retrieved 6 November 2021.

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