Tom Six was born in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, in the Netherlands on 29 August 1973.

Six started a company with his sister, where he wrote and directed such films as Gay in Amsterdam, Honeyz and I Love Dries (about the aspiring Dutch singer Dries Roelvink).

Six had success with the film The Human Centipede. Although met with mixed reviews and reactions, The Human Centipede garnered widespread attention. The first film's success gave Six the flexibility he needed to work on a sequel, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). Six has stated that he always intended to create a trilogy. He made the first film to get viewers comfortable with the idea of the Human Centipede. The second film he wanted to hold nothing back. Both the controversial content of the first film and the second's brutal depictions of sexual violence have generated controversy. In the United Kingdom, the BBFC declined to issue an 18 certificate for The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), highlighting the antagonist's "total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder of his naked victims". Six then submitted a new cut with two minutes and 37 seconds removed and received the 18 certificate. Six responded with mixed feelings. On one hand he was devastated that he had to cut his film, on the other hand, the decision of the BBFC gained a lot of press and notoriety. About cutting the film he says: "I'm totally against cutting films. Film is an art form and The Human Centipede 2 is made for a horror audience. It's like I made a comedy and they take out all the good jokes."

Six has recently finished working on The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). His idea was that the three films can be connected so it will make one long film. Part 2 begins where part 1 ends, and part 3 begins where part 2 ends; therefore, the three films together will make a centipede. The movie was released on 22 May 2015.


Dieter Laser (born 17 February 1942) is a German actor.

Laser was born in Kiel, Germany. He is known to English speaking audiences for his roles as Mantrid in Lexx, Prof. Otto Blaettchen in The Ogre, Dr. Josef Heiter in The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and Bill Boss in The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).

In 1975, he was awarded the German Film Award in Gold in the category of Best Actor for his title role in John Glückstadt.

During the filming of The Human Centipede, many crew members and leading actors described Laser as being a "Method Actor". On the days of filming he did not speak to the cast very often and would stay in character as much as he possibly could. Dieter Laser was among some of director Tom Six's preferences to play Dr Heiter, and Six was impressed with Laser's work after seeing him in some of his earlier films. For his performance, Laser won Best Actor at the Austin Fantastic Fest and was nominated for the LA Scream Awards for Best Villain in 2010. He returned for the final installment of the franchise as deranged prison warden Bill Boss after refusing to play the part at first.

Laser will star in the Estonian fantasy film Jesus' Blood and Red Currants (shooting November 2015) and in the German Nazisploitation comedy Sky Sharks.


Ashley Christina Williams (born January 24, 1984) is an American theater and film actress.

Williams was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 2005, where she received the Charles Jehlenger Award for excellence in acting.

Williams is best known for her role as Lindsay in The Human Centipede (First Sequence) where she is trapped as the middle member of the human centipede. Ashley has gone on to critical success in the film Julia, and is currently working on other progjects. She is also an environmental activist.


Ashlynn Yennie (born May 15, 1985) is an American actress from Riverton, Wyoming. She is best known for playing the role of Jenny in the 2010 Dutch horror film, The Human Centipede (First Sequence). In 2010, she starred as Starlene Arbuckle, in the CM Downs directed horror film, American Maniacs (Previously known as Fetch). In 2011, she starred as herself (the actress who played Jenny) in the sequel to the first film. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence).

Yennie was born on May 15, 1985 in Riverton, Wyoming, and is the youngest of three sisters. At the age of 4, Yennie was in her first play called Goosey Loosey and played the leading role of Goosey Loosey. She was nominated for "Best Dancer in Wyoming" when she was 13. Yennie studied Celtic, jazz, tap, lyrical and belly dancing. At the age of 19, Yennie moved to New York City and attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Yennie's first major role in a feature film was as Jenny in the 2009 Dutch horror film, The Human Centipede (First Sequence). She has appeared in several television shows including guest star roles on Undateable and NCIS. She has also appeared in films such as Fractured, The Scribbler, The Divorce Party, The Ghost and the Whale, and Fear Inc.


Akihiro Kitamura (北村 昭博 Kitamura Akihiro?, born March 26, 1979) is a Japanese actor and director, who appeared in The Human Centipede (First Sequence).

After moving to the United States at the age of 18, Kitamura studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for five years. As a filmmaker he studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts (1997–1999) and at Los Angeles City College (2001–2004).

Kitamura's first two feature films, Porno and I'll Be There With You were both written and directed by him. He also starred in both of the films, playing the main characters.

In 2008, Kitamura appeared in a number of television roles, including VH1's New York Goes to Hollywood and MTV's From Gs to Gents. He also appeared in NBC's Heroes as Tadashi, a Japanese businessman who tries to commit suicide. The role's dialogue was done in Japanese to keep with the character.

In 2009, Kitamura appeared in the controversial IFC Films horror film The Human Centipede (First Sequence).