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Lesley-Ann Brandt

Born: 02 December 1981 (38 years old)
Gender: Female

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Lesley-Ann Brandt is a South African-born New Zealand actress best known for her role as Naevia, Lucretia's personal and loyal slave, in the historical drama television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Lesley-Ann emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand with her parents and brother in 1999.

As a child, she participated in almost every kindergarten and school play and was a natural singer. It was when she starting modeling and booking TV commercials that she caught the eye of casting directors. Encouraged by them, she began studying the Meisner technique as well as doing every possible acting workshop she could find.

Lesley-Ann was discovered by local New Zealand producer Chris Hampson and creator/writer James Griffen (Siones Wedding, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) who were on the hunt for the leading lady of their quirky half hour comedy Diplomatic Immunity.

She had to quit her job as an IT recruitment consultant and went on to star opposite Craig Parker (of Spartacus, Lord of the Rings and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).

In 2010 Brandt played Naevia in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. She left the role after one season after producers failed to meet her salary demands.

Lesley-Ann continued to work on back to back projects, This is not My Life (2010) and ABC's Legend of the Seeker (2010) as well as her feature film debut Insight, starring Natalie Zea and Christopher Lloyd.

In 2011 she resurrected her role as Naevia in the prequel season of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Roles on Chuck, CSI: NY (recurring) and TNT's Memphis Beat soon followed as well as a lead role in Syfy's highest rated original feature for 2011, Zombie Apocalypse, starring Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning.

She can also be seen in the feature film Drift starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation) and Xavier Samuel (Twilight: Eclipse, Anonymous) as well as the dark comedy Killing Winston Jones, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, Danny Glover and Jon Heder.

In 2013 she had a recurring role as Naomi Cox, a woman who claims that she and Malcolm's father were married and wants part ownership of Franks Jewels, in the third season of the VH1 romantic comedy series Single Ladies.

In 2014 she landed a recurring role in the TNT fantasy adventure series The Librarians.

Lesley-Ann is now permanently based in Los Angeles.


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