Natasha Sutherland

Full / Real Name: Natasha Kate Sutherland
Born: 20 November 1970 (51 years old)
Gender: Female



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Natasha Sutherland is a South African actress, presenter, producer, writer, motivational speaker and influencer best known for her major roles in television soap operas.

Born and raised in Durban, she began her theatrical career in 1991, with roles in numerous musical productions including Good Vibrations (directed by Themi Venturas for the now-defunct performing arts council NAPAC), Spring Awakening and Jesus Christ Superstar, which had musical direction by her father, Geoffrey Sutherland.

She made her television debut as a presenter on the children's series Kideo, appearing on the show from 1992-1994.

She followed this up in 1994 with the role of Carrie in the SABC drama series Honeytown, set in the music industry. She returned for the second season the following year.

Also in 1995, she starred in the SABC drama series The Uninvited Guest and went on to appear in numerous other shows including Sinbad, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures and Golden City Dreams.

She joined the M-Net soapie Egoli: Place of Gold for its sixth season, in 1997, in the role of Sam Ryan. She remained on the show for six seasons, leaving in 2003.

When the soapie ended in March 2010, it was followed by an 18-episode commemorative series iun which past stars looked at the events of the show per year that it was on air. Natasha co-hosted (with Darren Kelfkens) Year 7, the 1998 season.

After she left Egoli she guest starred in an episode of the SABC2 police procedural series Zero Tolerance (Season 2, Episode 4), which aired on 29 July, 2004.

Natasha continued to work in theatre and film, whilst doubling as a brand ambassador for various companies.

She married singer and actor Steve Hofmeyr(Steve Hofmeyr) in 1998, divorcing him in 2008. She became an author in 2009 when she released the motivational book Bittersweet, inspired by her marriage and divorce.

Further books she published include a follow-up called Fairytale and the children's book Green & Blue. She was the first guest on the talk show Let's Chat... with Mel in 2010, in which she discussed the book Bittersweet with host Melanie Bala.

In 2011 she was cast in the recurring role of Rosie Waxman on the M-Net soapie The Wild, first appearing in Season 1, Episode 54 (which aired on 16 June, 2011).

The following year she landed the starring role of Layla McKenzie on the soapie Scandal!. Aside from the occasional brief hiatus, she has remained on the show ever since.

Natasha was part of a team from Scandal! that competed against a team from Rhythm City in an episode of the game show Family Feud South Africa which aired on 12 July, 2020.

In 2021 she played the role of Megan, Sam's (Shannon Esra) sister-in-law and Jason's (Frank Rautenbach) wife who comes from a family with political clout, in the M-Net drama series Lioness.

The 10-episode series debuted on 28 January, 2021.


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