danielle retief

Hard work, passion, curiosity and ambition sums up this whimsical actress. She graduated from Helpmekaar College in 2009 with distinctions in all 9 of her subjects; completed a BA (Honours) in European languages and English literature in 2015 and then her MA in Publishing Studies the year after. After various international exchanges in both Germany and France, she is now almost fluent in German and at conversational level in French. Danielle grew up in the entertainment industry, but her first lead role as ‘Lulu’, a girl who turns her brother into an egg in the 2001 SABC production, My Brother the Egg, was the proof that she belonged there. She went on to play little sister, Marelie, in two seasons of the kykNET series, Song vir Katryn, as well as the complicated casino princess, Linkie, in SABC3’s High Rollers; a suicidal teen in Geraamtes in die Kas; a spell-casting, gothic writer in P.G. du Plessis’s Pandjieswinkelstories; naughty bar hostess Mandy in MTV’s Shuga and ill-fated cancer-patient, Michelle, in Binnelanders. In 2014 she took to the stage in André Stolz’ Chekhov Festival where she played a young spinster, Manuschka, in The Trousseau and a rich land owner, Marja Illowajskaya, in Oppad. Her involvement in numerous independent films has gained her acting, as well as writing experience and in 2015 she wrote and performed in Die Onderbreker, a play about mistaken identities and the complicated world of art. She describes her play- and film writing style as a blend of frenzied British comedy and geeky calamity. She is currently writing and producing her first series called Chasing Joburg. Danielle is also a classical ballet and contemporary dancer. She has done her ballet exams up to the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate level and is currently taking class at the Joburg Ballet studios.

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