Natania van Heerden

Born: 11 June 1966 (54 years old)
Gender: Female



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Natania van Heerden is a South African actress, voice artist and writer best known for her role as Samantha Gerber on the kykNET soapie Villa Rosa.

Natania was raised and schooled in Pretoria, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Drama, after which she became a permanent member of PACT (Performing Arts Council Transvaal) for the State Theatre.

She appeared in several television series from 1985 to 1993, including Cul de Sac (directed by Jan Scholtz), Vleuels, Die Ryk Weduwee, Oos-Wes, Shattered Mirror, Glaskasteel, Torings and more.

She also had the lead role in the South African feature film Dada en die Flower, in 1987.

Natania relocated to the USA in 1994, where she lived for 12 years. She worked as a coach at the Actors Workshop Studios in San Diego, California, teaching the craft of film, TV and commercial acting for adults and children. She also provided private coaching for actors preparing for television and movie auditions.

She then played the leading role in a play for Germantown Theatre (Memphis, Tennessee), The Devil's Trap (Tom Horton), and wrote and performed comedic one-woman show Boerewors and Beyond, which was performed in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Vancouver.

In 2006, Natania returned to South Africa and soon landed the role of Mariana in Kruispad, a 13-episode drama series for kykNET in 2008. She won an ATKV award for Best Leading Actress in a Television Drama for this role.

She also played Lesley Stanzler in the French movie, Black Venus directed by Adellatif Kechiche; Mrs Roos in Getroud met Rugby: Die Onvertelde Storie and Hendrik's Daughter in Nothing for Mahala.

Other television series she has acted in include Die Munisipaliteit van Gwarra-Gwarra, Sokhulu & Partners and a recurring role on the second season of Swartwater.

In 2017 she had a starring role in the kykNET drama series Sara se Geheim (Sarah's Secret).

Television Roles


New on TV today: Tuesday 27 October

Horror series Castle Rock returns to M-Net City and a Waka & Tammy docuseries starts on 1Magic.

Legacy Teasers - November 2020

Stefan spins out of control and puts his family in danger.

Arendsvlei Teasers - November 2020

Something dark is luuuurking in the shadows. Will it affect a new love?

New on TV today: Monday 26 October

Returning series tonight include The Chi on 1Magic and Growing up Hip Hop: Atlanta on Vuzu.

Idols 16: It's not to be for Be

One week you're In and the next you're Out.

New on TV today: Sunday 25 October

Voetspore: Re√ľnie starts on kykNET and Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC Brit.

New on TV today: Saturday 24 October

Miss SA airs live on Mzansi Magic and M-Net - all the deets, all the girls, all the clatter.

Made For Each Other Teasers - November 2020

Prerna seems to be involved in 2 different fires.

Rhythm City Teasers - November 2020

Suffocate starts clearing his name. Also, a love triangle gets complicated.

New on TV today: Friday 23 October

A chess prodigy plays The Queen's Gambit on Netflix and queer comedy Work in Progress starts on M-Net.


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