Nicola Hanekom

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Nicola Hanekom (1974-) is an actress playwright and director for stage, film and TV.


She was born on 19 August 1974 in Bellville, she matriculated at the Groote Schuur High School in Cape Town in 1992. She is married to the actor Grant Swanby.


Completed a bilingual Performer's Diploma at the University of Cape Town in 1995.


Since completing her studies she has been freelancing. She has coached acting privately and taught voice and interpretation at AMAC in Cape Town.

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

She portrayed the Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker in the stage production Altyd Jonker, acted in Ek, Anna van Wyk. Other performances include Diepe Grond, 1995, As You Like It, Samoerai, The Taming of the Shrew (1996), Skelmstreke, The Tent, Darkie, The SA UFO Crash (1999), Teer, Smag (2008).

Ongetiteld/untitled, including a synopsis, press reviews, and curriculum vitae of Nicola Hanekom and Ingrid Lehmensich, at Another One Night Stand Festival, 2001.

Nicola has also directed, written and appeared in plays and physical theatre for stage

Her plays include Wrote and performed Hol, at the 7th Artscape Spring Drama Season in 2011.

Wrote and directed the trilogy Lot, Betésda and Babbel, which, between them, won six Kanna Awards at the KKNK in 2012.

Trippie, Die Pad Byster, Land van Skedels.

In Glas KKNK 4-11 April 2015 starring Tinarie van Wyk-Loots, Paul du Toit, Stian Bam, Bronwyn van Graan and Sive Gubangxa.

Television credits include Plek van die Vleisvreters and Transito for KykNet. She also acted in the internationally acclaimed Human Cargo.

Highlights in her film experience include the short film, Maar anyway, nog 'n Dooie Feeverhaal, Husk (a short film screened at Cannes, 1999) and String Caesar. Played "Rooisarie" in the film Hond se Dinges (2009) and the role of the doctor's wife in the film Faan se Trein (2014).

Lot three KYKnet Fiestas in 2012 (Best Production, Best Supporting Actor Neels van Jaarsveld).

Her play Lot was translated into English by Ilze Brüggeman, entitled Fate. Published by Proyecto 34°S, 2011.


Nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for her portrayal of Ingid Jonker in the stage production Altyd Jonker and received a Vita Award for best supporting actress in Ek, Anna van Wyk.

She received a Stone award for her role in the film Husk.

Hol 2012 Fleur Du Cap Award - Best Performance in a One-Person Play.

She was awarded the Onbeperk Prize for Innovative Thinking by the KKNK, 2014.

Awarded the Eugène Marais Prize for Die Pad Byster in March 2015.


Beeld, 26 September 2011.

Die Burger 28 March 2015.

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