Gabriella Cirillo

Full / Real Name: Gabriella Lucia Cirillo
Born: 14 December 1974 (45 years old)
Gender: Female



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Gabriella Cirillo is a South African actress, dancer and casting director known for her roles in the soapies The Wild and Rhythm City.

She attended Dawnview High School in Germiston, matriculating in 1991. She went on study Drama & Performing Arts at Pretoria Technikon, graduating with a National Diploma in Drama and Performing Arts.

Gabi has gone on to appear in numerous television series, including the recurring role of Liezl on the first two seasons of the SABC3 drama series The Lab. She was also the casting director (with Moonyeen Lee) of the show and the duo won the award for Best Ensemble Cast in a TV Drama at the second annual South African Film and Television awards (SAFTAs), in 2007.

From 2002-2004 she played the role of Sabina on the M-Net soapie Egoli: Place of Gold. She also had a recurring role as Giovanna on both season of the M-Net Soapie The Wild.

In 2016 she landed the recurring role of Flavia on the soapie Rhythm City, making her first appearance on 21 September, 2016.

Other television series she has appeared in include The Adventures of Sinbad, Wild at Heart and Dream World. She has also acted in the TV movies Black Velvet Band and Platinum (also known as Der weisse Afrikaner).

Films Gabi has acted in include Merlin: The Return, Hey Boy, Straight Outta Benoni, Shotgun Garfunkel and Stimulation.

Gabriella founded G-casting in 2002, casting various commercials and TV series (including The Lab). She took a family sabbatical after 2007 but returned to the industry to perform in and co-choreograph a burlesque show entitled Boylesque. Thereafter she performed in and co-produced/directed another burlesque theatre production entitled Welcome to Burlesque.

In 2015 she co-founded The Casting Couch with her friend and business partner Petro Magos, bringing on board her original team from 2002.

Gabriella is also an MC and dancer, her passion being Latin American and Ballroom Dancing.

In 2017 she landed her first starring role in television as Marco's (Jonathan Taylor) vampish ex-wife Gigi Gianoppolous in the SABC3 comedy-drama series Bedford Wives.

Television Roles


New on TV today: Monday 10 August

Travel investigates True Terror with Robert Englund as BBC Earth documents Simon Reeve's Sacred Rivers.

New on TV today: Sunday 9 August

Follow a journey down Blood Road on SABC3 or do some more Flirty Dancing on BBC Lifestyle.

2020 SAMAs: all the winners

The full winners list for the 26th awards, including Record of the Year and the International Achievement Award from Friday's #ForThaClub.

New on TV today: Saturday 8 August

Musical comedy-drama Katy Keene starts on M-Net as CBS Reality finds 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

Road to Destiny Teasers - September 2020

Luis is found not guilty but lands up in jail!

Shadows from the Past Teasers - September 2020

Candela has an accident. Also, Emanuel is missing.

Along Came Love Teasers - September 2020

Luciana warns David not to fall for Graciela's tricks. Also, Mark takes Susan hostage.

New on TV today: Friday 7 August

Discover the secret world of Tiny Creatures on Netflix or learn about The Persians on BBC Earth.

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Hold your breath KwaMashu... this is the intel on the new badge in town, played by Jet Novuka. 10 things you must know.

The Way To Paradise 3 Teasers - September 2020

New season alert! Eight months have passed and Martin escapes. Also, Valentina is kidnapped.


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