Jody Abrahams

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Jody Abrahams (1974-) Stage and TV Actor.


Born in Cape Town, where he grew up with his grandparents. He matriculated from St George's Grammar School in 1991.

Twice married. He married actress Diaan Lawrenson in St Martin's-in-the-Veld Anglican Church in Rosebank, Johannesburg in March 2014. They have two children, Olivia-Rose and James.


He had no formal training, but was exposed to theatre as a child, and had his first role at the age of seven, with a line in a production of The Ha’Penny Opera.

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


Founder and co-producer (with Diaan Lawrenson) of Jester Productions.


For Stage

Started his professional acting career at 11 year of age with the role of "Broertjie" in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s District Six – The Musical and worked for almost two years on this show, including a tour to Johannesburg and finally Edinburgh. Other roles include Poison (David Kramer and Taliep Petersen, 1992), Kat and the Kings (1999), Klop-Klop (David Kramer and Taliep Petersen, Die Ballade van Koos Sas (David Kramer, 2001, 2009), Ghoema (2006) (performed in London as Spice Drum Beat),Vatmaar, Under the Fig Tree, (2009), Is, Ja! (2009), Second Time Around (2009/2010).

For Film

Films include Safe House (2012), The Quarry (1998) and American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990).

For Television

Television has provided a steady income, and among the series he has appeared in are Scandal!, Hard Copy, Backstage, Interrogation Room, 7de Laan and Fishy Feshuns.

Awards, etc

Awards include, besides a number of Fleur du Cap Awards and Vita Awards locally, the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Kat and the Kings(1999) and a Tony nomination for the same production.



Interview by Caroline Ansdell (2006) in What's on Stage[1]

Poison programme notes, 1992.

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