Nazli George

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Nazli George (19*-) Actress, dramatist, director and drama teacher.




She grew up in Landsdowne, Cape Town, attended Wynberg Senior Secondary School and went on to study drama at the University of Cape Town Drama Department. She also trained as ballet teacher and holds a diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London.


She has worked for a variety of theatrical companies, notably for CAPAB’s Shakespeare productions and the David Kramer/Taliep Petersen musicals. In the 1990s founded her own production company and drama school and has written and produced a number of plays for the company, which goes on tour in the Western Cape.

Nazli George is an experienced stage, radio and TV actress with a string of award-winning and popular productions behind her. Her work for CAPAB, NAPAC, the Baxter Theatre Centre and for David Kramer and Taliep Petersen has received much acclaim and she became one of South Africa's top TV actresses with appearances in Die Allemans, Onder Engele, Natural Rhythm and Egoli, in which she was seen as Fiona.

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

Nazli made her stage debut as "Mary" in District Six – The Musical.

In 2000 she gained huge critical acclaim for her performance as "Hester" in Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye at the Baxter Theatre.

Hello and Goodbye, Kunstekaap, 2001. Pedro Kruger & Ralph Lawson (Regiseurs).

Other stage credits include Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, King Lear, Roxy: the Musical, Vatmaar, As You Like It. She played the role of "Nurse Sandwich" in The Elephant Man in 1998 and had a role in Glass Roots in 2007.

She had a role in a radio broadcast of Kanna (RSG November 1994). She directed and acted in The Last Present for the BBC World Service.

She wrote or co-wrote (with Vincent Sass) the plays Rootz, Sisters in Arms, Off the Cuff, Daai's mos reality.

Television: Swartwater, Onder Engele.

Awards, etc

Finalist Naledi Glass Roots 2007 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (The Star 16 Jan 2007).


Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Programme notes of The Elephant Man in 1998.

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