Dawn Matthews is a South African actress best known for her role as Shakira, the Entertainment Editor for the fortnightly celeb mag, in the e.tv soapie Scandal!, in 2007.
Prior to that she was known for her role as Constable Gillian Peterse on the SABC1 drama series Interrogation Room, from 2004-2006.
Born in Oudtshoorn she grew up there until she got a chance to study drama at Stellenbosch University, where she graduated in 1997.
After studying, Dawn did a stint at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre and performed in community theatre productions in the area. She got her first break in the Afrikaans drama series Soutmansland.
She has appeared in numerous other prominent television soapies and dramas including Egoli (2000-2001) and Song vir Katryn (2003-2005), co-presented the Afrikaans arts show Kunskafee on kykNET and completed an American horror movie, Snake Island, in 2002.
She was one of the featured celebrities on the first season of the South African version of the genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? (based on the British series of the same name), which premiered on SABC2 in May 2009.