Romana Vrede was born in Suriname and moved to the Netherlands at a young age. She played with the theater companies and groups Onafhankelijk Toneel, Compagnie Dakar, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot, Bonheur, Artemis and the Noord Nederlands Toneel. In 2016 she made the play Who's Afraid of Charlie Stevens about her son who has autism. Since 2017 she has been part of the ensemble of Het Nationale Theater (HNT). With Eric de Vroedt she worked on plays like The Nation, for which she was nominated for a Colombina (Best Supporting Actress) and Race, for which she received a Theo d'Or (Best Supporting Actress). She has been an actor on the silver screen for almost twenty years, in recent years playing leading roles in such films as Willem Bosch's Afterlife and Flynn von Kleist's I Don't Wanna Dance, for which she received a Dutch Academy Award. She is working on Time Will Teach Us, a project about the heroes of colonial times, which makes multidisciplinary use of theater, documentary, podcasts and an online talk show. And she plays Faust in Theu Boermans' his OustFaust in March 2022. Her debut novel, The Noble Autist, was published in March 2020.