Grant Swanby

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Grant Swanby (19*-). Actor, director and acting coach.


He was born in Durban. He is married to the actress Nicola Hanekom.


Graduated with a Diploma in Speech and Drama from the Technikon Natal. He has a training certificate from Damelin College.


Post-graduation he was accepted as a young professional into the Loft Theatre Company. He then entered the professional entertainment industry, concentrating on acting in film, television and on stage. In 1995, Swanby relocated to Johannesburg and, for two years, did corporate and industrial theatre. Between 1995 and 2005 Swanby has acquired an enviable number of feature fIlms under his belt., e.g. In My Country.

Since the late 2000s Grant has also been working as an acting/drama coach giving workshops for the actor's studio in Cape Town, Boss Management, AMAC and City Varsity and worked as a private tutor. He has a training certificate from Damelin and utilises outcomes based methodology to effect tangible results.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In the theatre, credits include: Saturday Night at the Palace (2004), Much Ado about Nothing (Maynardville 2005), Altyd Jonker (2006), Jesus Christ Superstar, Hamlet, Love, Valour, Compassion, , Verkeer (Vleis, Rys en Aartappels, 2008), Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Maynardville, 2011).

From 2002 to 2004 he appeared in productions of My Night with Reg, including the Afrikaans version [[My Aand met Arné.

He appears on a photograph held by NELM of a production of Twelfth Night with Michael Gritten and Patrick Kenny, date and venue not mentioned.

On the production side, Grant has written and directed for the stage and been involved in the corporate sector, pitching, writing, acting and directing corporate theatre and videos.

Film Credits include 'Blood Diamond', In my Country, More than Just a Game and the award winning Promised Land. As an actor, Grant has worked opposite (amongst others), Juliette Binoche, Rupert Graves, Djimon Housen, Armand Assante, Lauren Holly, Robert Patrick, Luke Perry, and Vinnie Jones, and has been directed by John Boorman, Ed Zwick, Phillip Noyce and Tarsem Singh, as well as local directors Darryl Roodt and Gavin Hood.

On television Grant has appeared in Charlie Jade, I Shouldn't be Alive, Sorted, Sewende Laan and Isidingo, for which he received an N.T.V.A. Avanti Award .

Awards, etc

Saturday Night at the Palace, for which he was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award.


The Star, 14 January 2004.

Cape Times, 14 January 2004.

Pretoria News, 6 April 2006.

Interview with Debashine Thangevelo, Daily News, 1 July 2005.

IMDb [1].

TVSA [2].

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