Actor, Magician, Voice Artist
Date of Birth:9 October 1981
Height: 1.77m Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Drivers License: C1
Languages: Afrikaans, English
Skills: Magician, Presenting, Accents, Puppetry, Physical Theatre, Voice Artist, Guitar, Bodyboarding, Surfing, Mountain biking, Mountain boarding, Muay Thai
Geon Nel is a South African actor and Magician, best known for his TV role in Vallei van Sluiers as the character Willem Greyling.
He grew up in Gansbaai in the Western Cape. After matriculating at Overberg High he lived in London for 2 years where he was a magician at various clubs as well as Hamleys toy store. In 2002 he came back to study drama at the University of Stellenbosch to further his performance style in magic. It is during this time that his passion shifted more towards acting led by Marthinus Basson. In his 2nd year he won best supporting actor of the year for his role in Lusistrata under direction of Marthinus Basson. In 2006 he got his BDram Hon degree in acting.
Soon after he got the lead in Kringe in‘n bos that ran at the Artscape theatre for two seasons. In 2008 he took a year off and joined an overlanding company to travel through Africa. He was a driver and tour guide during that time.
When he got back he joined the satirical puppet show ZaNews (now known as puppet nation) as a puppeteer. He also worked for Gravitron, a special effects company, on adverts and movies.
After that he got back into acting and has since been part of multiple award winning theatre and TV shows. Some of them include:
Maria de Buenos Aires, Romeo en Julia and Die Storm directed by Marthinus Basson (Best productions at KKNK and Aardklop respectively)
Balbesit directed by Jaco Bouwer (Best actor at KKNK as well as a Naledi award)
Oorsee directed by Wolf Britz (Smeltkroes prize for best new production at Aardklop)
Die Seemeeu directed by Christiaan Olwagen (Aardvark prize for best new groundbreaking work)
ZaNews (3 Safta awards, including best ensemble)
In 2014 he debuted his first theatrical magic show Die Goëlaar at the Stellenbosch Woordfees. Geon has also appeared in various television and radio shows. He is probably best known for his role as Willem in the popular Afrikaans series Vallei van Sluiers on KykNet. Other TV appearances include Stokvel (SABC1), Montana (SABC1) and Beskermhere (KykNet). Internationally he had cameos in Safe House and Infested as well as various advertisements including Renault. Radio work include Du Preez du Preez en vennote (RSG), Die duiwehok (RSG) and Offer aan die seegod (RSG).