Merlin Balie (19*-) Actor in television, film and theatre. ,
Born and raised in Paarl.
Merlin studied Drama at the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in the early 2000s.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Stage plays he appeared in as a student include Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robin Hood (by Keith Bain, directed by Gaerin Hauptfleisch, 1999), The War of the Worlds , Straties (by Braam van der Vyver, (KKNK, 2004), The Contingency Plan, Karnaval (The Playhouse, Somerset West , directed by Molly Mohr, 1999), Jan en die Playstation. Then went on to make a name for himself in the theatre industry, appearing in productions such as Vatmaar (directed by Janice Honeyman), Bungee Writing Finals (2002), Die Laaste Aand, Scribble, Die Krismis van Map Jacobs (2012), and many more.
Television work includes bad guy Werner in 7de Laan, directed by Tim Green, Divers Down, The Interrogation Room and Pasella. Film work includes roles in A Boy Called Twist, The Silent Fall, Luck and More Than Just a Game. Well known for his appearance in numerous prominent TV commercials. He has also performed with The Paarl Orchestra as a lead singer.
Die Burger, 27 May 1999.
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