Laura Basuki


Laura Basuki (born 9 January 1988) is an Indonesian model and actress of mixed Javanese, Chinese and Vietnamese descent.

Laura Basuki
Laura Basuki at Berlinale 2022 Picture 2.jpg
Basuki at Berlinale 2022
Laura Basuki

(1988-01-09) 9 January 1988 (age 34)
Alma materAtma Jaya University
Years active2008–present
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Leo Sandjaja
(m. 2011)
ChildrenOwen Sandjaja
Parent(s)Wibowo Basuki (father)
Thi Kieu Tien (mother)
AwardsCitra Award for Best Leading Actress

2010 3 Hati Dua Dunia Satu Cinta

2020 Susi Susanti: Love All

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance

2022 Before, Now & Then

Early lifeEdit

Basuki was born in Berlin on 9 January 1988 to an Indonesian-Chinese dad and a Vietnamese mom. As a teenager, she intended to be a doctor. However, her mother pressured her into becoming a model.[1][2][3] The 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in) tall Basuki, who weighed 49 kilograms (108 lb), enrolled at the OQ Modeling School in 2005.[2]


Her first modelling job was at a bridal pageant showing the works of Bijan Wanaatmadja. This was followed by spots marketing products including Coca-Cola and Vaseline.[1] The weekly entertainment magazine Tabloid Nova, Basuki's compared her look to that of Japanese porn star Maria Ozawa.[3] As the modelling work kept her too busy to study medicine, Basuki began studying economics.[2]

In 2008, Basuki was cast in her first role, Gara-Gara Bola (Because of Football), after the producer Nia Dinata saw Basuki's face in a magazine. She played the role of a bookie's wife after a month of coaching. Gara-Gara Bola garnered her two awards at the 2009 Indonesian Movie Awards.[2][3]

Two years later, Basuki played a Catholic woman in love with a Muslim man in Tiga Hati, Dua Dunia, Satu Cinta (Three Hearts, Two Worlds, One Love), which was a critical success.[1][2] For her work, Basuki received a Citra Award for Best Actress at the 2010 Indonesian Film Festival.[4] Also in 2010, Basuki served as an emcee hosting a quiz show for the MNC Group; the programme, broadcast during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was about football.[2]

Basuki married businessman Leo Sanjaya in 2011.[1] In early 2012, she played a journalist in Agus Kuntz' film Republik Twitter (The Twitter Republic).[5] Basuki's fourth film, Di Timur Matahari (East of the Sun), debuted on 12 June 2012. A children's movie directed by Ari Sihasale, it followed Basuki's character Vina as she moved to Papua with her Papuan husband.[1] For the shooting, she spent over a month in the mountainous inner regions of the island, bathing only weekly.[6]

In 2013 she was in a film entitled Madre, and followed by a role in 2015's film Love and Faith.[7] Later, she starred as badminton legend Susi Susanti in 2019's biopic film Susi Susanti: Love All.[8] For her portrayal of Susanti, Basuki won the Citra Award for Best Actress in 2020.[9]

In 2022, Basuki starred in Kamila Andini's Before, Now & Then, a beguiling drama set in 1960s Indonesia. The film had its international premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival. At the festival, Basuki was honored with Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance.[10]



Year Title Role
2008 Gara-gara Bola Laura
2010 3 Hati Dua Dunia, Satu Cinta Delia
2012 Republik Twitter Hanum
2012 Di Timur Matahari Vina
2013 Madre Meilan Tanuwidjaja
2014 Haji Backpacker Suchun
2015 Love and Faith Lim Kwee Ing
2018 Terbang: Menembus Langit Candra Dewi
2018 Doyok Otoy Ali Oncom: Cari Jodoh Ayu
2018 The Returning Natalie
2019 Susi Susanti: Love All Susi Susanti
2022 Before, Now & Then Ino
TBA Kapan Hamil? Nadya


Year Title Role Production Network
2018 Sunshine Matahari VIU Indonesia Viu


Year Title Role Reference
2011 Antara Aku dan Bobo Dindi
2011 Mendadak Ningrat Putri
2012 Delman Cinta di Kota Kembang Melati
2012 Cinta Wedang Ronde Cinta
2013 23 Hari Cinta Matematika Rania
2016 Love is Crazy Kamelia


  • Lays
  • Hadalabo
  • Mandiri

Video clipEdit

Song title Singer
Hapus Aku Nidji
Seandainya The Titans [id]
Kau T-Five
Detik Terakhir Lyla [id]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actress 3 Hati Dua Dunia, Satu Cinta Won
2013 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actress Madre Nominated
2014 Maya Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Haji Backpacker Nominated
2018 Maya Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Terbang: Menembus Langit Nominated
2019 Maya Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Susi Susanti: Love All Nominated
2020 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actress Susi Susanti: Love All Won
2022 72nd Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance Before, Now & Then Won


  1. ^ a b c d e Dwyer 2012, Twists in Fate.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kurniasari 2011, Laura Basuki.
  3. ^ a b c Nova 2009, Laura Basuki, Si Pemalu.
  4. ^ The Jakarta Post 2010, Actress Laura Basuki.
  5. ^ Tibshraeny 2012, 'Republik Twitter'.
  6. ^ Dewi 2012, Laura Basuki: Belajar Sederhana.
  7. ^ "Laura Basuki". IMDb.
  8. ^ The Jakarta Post 2018, Biopic of Susi Susanti.
  9. ^ The Jakarta Post 2020, FFI 2020.
  10. ^ VOI 2022, Laura Basuki Wins Silver Bear.


  • "Actress Laura Basuki wins Citra award". The Jakarta Post. 8 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  • Dewi, Trifosa (June 2012). "Laura Basuki: Belajar Sederhana" [Laura Basuki: Learning to be Simple]. Femina (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  • Dwyer, Krissy (12 June 2012). "Twists in Fate on the Road to Fame". Jakarta Globe. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  • Kurniasari, Triwik (13 February 2011). "Laura Basuki: Ready to play the game". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  • "Laura Basuki, Si Pemalu Yang Benci Clubbing" [Laura Basuki, The Shy Girl who Hates Clubbing]. Tabloid Nova (in Indonesian). 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  • Tibshraeny, Jenée (12 February 2012). "'Republik Twitter': The real love". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  • "Biopic of badminton legend Susy Susanti set for 2019 release". The Jakarta Post. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  • "Horror movie 'Impetigore' wins big at FFI 2020". The Jakarta Post. 6 December 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  • "Thanks To Nana's Film, Laura Basuki Wins Silver Bear At Berlinale 2022". VOI. 17 February 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2022.

External linksEdit

  • Laura Basuki at IMDb