Actor, Voice Artist, MC
Date of Birth: 09 August 1963
Height: 1.65m Hair Colour: Black/Grey Eye Colour: Blue
Drivers License: Yes
Languages: Afrikaans, English
Skills: Presenter, Accents, MC
Anna-Mart van der Merwe received a Performer’s Diploma in Speech and Drama from the University of Cape Town in 1986. Here, she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award in the Most Promising Student award category.
During a two-year stint with the now defunct PACT at the Windybrow Theatre in Johannesburg; she appeared amongst others, in Dieter Reible’s productions of The Women of Troy and Die Hekse van Salem, Bobby Heaney’s Boo to the Moon and Lucille Gillwald’s Sing Jy van Bomme.
Since 1989 she’s been freelancing, with her first television appearance in Annie Bassons’ TV Drama, Uitdraai. Numerous lead roles in television series such as Sonkring 1 & 2, Torings, Konings, Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond, Soul City, Amalia, Feast of the Uninvited, Binneland, 7de Laan and more recently, Tydelike Terminaal, followed.
Among various film roles, her portray of Klara Viljee in Katinka Heyns’ feature film, Die Storie van Klara Viljee, is a definite highlight. Other film credits include The Long Run, Red Dust, Hanna Hoekom, Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux, Dis Koue Kos Skat, Kanarie and recently completed, Poppie Nongena – directed by Christiaan Olwagen.
Anna-mart has been acting in a lot of theatre productions over the years and has worked with directors such as Ilse van Hemert, André Odendaal, James Whyle and Janice Honeyman. Highlights include The Seagull, Uit die Bloute, Generaal Mannetjies Mentz, King Lear, Uncle Vanya/Oom Wanja, Twaalfde Nag, Begeerte, God of Carnage, Macbeth-Slapeloos, People are Living There (Market Theatre), Skuldeisers, The Mother, Fotostaatmasjien and Liewer.
Most recently, Anna-mart was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Poppie Nongena (Silwerskermfees)and Kanarie (SAFTA).Other awards include: Best Actress for Sonkring 2 (Artes), Uit die Bloute (FNB Vita Regional Award), Soul City (Avanti),7de Laan (SAFTA) and Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux (Silwerskermfees).