Lizz Meiring is a South African actress, screenwriter, playwright, producer, director and performance director known for her extensive body of work in television, film and theatre.
She started working professionally as a student performing for PACT Drama, PACT Ballet and various TV productions for the SABC, M-Net and the BBC.
Since graduating with a BA (Drama) Honours degree from the University of Pretoria in 1983, Lizz has starred in numerous stage productions, television series and feature films, ranging from the "classics" to contemporary dramas and farce, sitcoms, musicals, pantomime and cabaret. She has extensively been involved in the performance, scripting and producing of theatre.
Lizz has translated plays from French and English into Afrikaans, co-written, solo written and directed dozens of plays and has starred in a number of one-woman shows.
She is also known as a TV presenter, voice artist, script editor, adjudicator for Arts Festivals and is a popular speaker at corporate and charity functions. She has worked abroad in Holland, Denmark, England and at the Edinburgh Festival co-starring with the well-known Pieter-Dirk Uys.
Lizz is the recipient of numerous awards, including the joint Vita Award and the Critic's Award - The Dalro - for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
She also won the prestigious Ster Kinekor/Nu Metro film award- 2001 "The Golden Entertainer" of the SA Film Industry. Her nominations include Vita and Dalro Awards for best production, best new script, best director, best actress, best supporting actress, 2 Artes awards, and the Edinburgh Crystal Award for best leading actress.
Lizz is fully bilingual and has also performed in Dutch, French, German and Sotho.
By 2016 Lizz had played leads, supporting roles and guest roles in almost 300 television programmes, including:
Munisipaliteit van Gwarra Gwarra, kykNET, 2014, 2015
Kyknet vir Tannie (kykNET) 2015
Molly en Wors, kykNET, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Hester en Ester Bester, kykNET 2007, 2009
End Game (SABC) 2013
Pandjieswinkelstories (kykNET) 2013
Takelani Sesame (SABC) 2007
Hart van Staal (kykNET) 2004, 2005
Jozi Streets (e.tv) 2003, 2004
Song vir Katryn (kykNET) 2002
Ietermago (kykNET) 2002
Vetkoek Paleis (SABC)
Triptiek 1 & 2 (SABC)
Die Manakwalanners 1 & 2 (SABC)
Ga bo se Gangwe (SABC)
Life Begins at 40
Message to Major (Thames Television)
Evita's Christmas Special (M-Net)
Evita's Indaba 1 & 2 (M-Net)
Kampus 1 & 2 (SABC)
Die Swart Kat (SABC)
Kwai Klub (SABC)
Mof en Mat (SABC)
Doffel, Babbel en Bekkie (SABC)
Die Dansende Donkie (SABC)
Oom Kerneels Vertel (SABC)
A New Concept in Packaging (SABC)
Oom Kerneels Vertel (SABC)
Bensusan Museum of Photography (SABC) (presenter)
A Word or Two (seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) (SABC) (presenter)
Lizzie se Lipstick Flieks (seasons 1-4) (M-Net) (presenter)
Life's Bizarre 1 & 2 (SABC) (presenter)
Ons soek die Sanger (kykNET) (presenter)
Van die Borstrok bevry (SABC)
Villa Rosa (kykNET)
Wielie Walie (SABC)
Lizz has also had roles in dozens of feature films, including:
You Must Be Joking! Too, 1987
Sweet 'n Short, 1991
Lipstiek Dipstiek, 1994
Soweto Green, 1995
Inside Out, 2000
A Case of Murder, 2004
Skilpoppe, 2005 (also screenwriter)
Poena is Koning, 2007
Vaatjie sien sy gat, 2008
Stoute Boudjies, 2010
Molly en Wors – Die Movie, 2013
Trouvoete, 2015 (also script editor)