Born in Johannesburg, as Carolyn Barkhuizen, studied at Jeppe Girls' High in 1977. Married and later divorced Douw Steyn.
She graduated with a BA (HONS) in Dramatic Art in 1981 (Wits). She moved to the United States for 10 years, where she studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under acting guru, Milton Katselas along with fellow students, Kate Hudson, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Danza, Doris Roberts amongst others.
She appeared in numerous plays in Los Angeles under her married name of Carolyn Steyn, notably in Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal', 'Private Lives', and 'Shadowlands'. She also appeared on the television series 'Melrose Place', 'The Larry Sanders Show', and 'Babylon 5'. After living in London for 5 years, Carolyn returned to South Africa to take on roles in TV shows (e.g. Generations) and co-host a Radio Today show 'Whispers with Carolyn Steyn and Michael de Pinna'.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
She then joined the Radio 5 team, she became a familiar voice reading the news and co-hosting the weekend breakfast show with Martin Locke.
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