DeVille Vannik (Van Niekerk) was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After graduating HIGCSE from Cambridge University he went on to study Information Technology and business development at the Tshwane University of Technology. DeVille attended the Performing Arts Lifestyle Institute in Pretoria where he began to seriously develop his passion for acting and film. DeVille had been modelling since childhood and went on to appear in numerous commercials, music videos, fashion campaigns and short films. DeVille is a part of the Talent-Etc family, South Africa's leading top-tier talent and artist management agency. In 2005 DeVille left South African shores and headed for the United States, attending the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he majored in acting for film. DeVille is a professional free runner and martial artist, he competed in the 2010 Red Bull Art of Motion championships in Boston, as well as judging at the inaugural South African parkour championships in Johannesburg. In 2011 DeVille moved to Los Angeles to pursue further opportunities in acting, stunts and modelling. Currently he works as an actor and action design specialist. In his spare time he teaches parkour and trains private clients at the world-renowned Tempest free running academy as well as staying involved with his favourite charity and humanitarian organizations.