We were born in Bloemfontein on 21 June 1977. My parents had moved there from Cape Town a few years earlier for our father to specialize as a gynecologist under one of his professors from Stellenbosch University. Given the special magic of Bloem they ended up staying for many years and it became the backdrop to the first 18 years of our lives.
Living in Bloem means we grew up with biltong hanging from our kitchen ceiling and braais every weekend. ‘Vleis, rys en aartapels’ was the mantra for most meals so you can say we followed both diets simultaneously. Our older brother Anton was a hero in our eyes and still holds that position to today.
We attended Eunice Primary and High School and matriculated in 1995. From school we went to Stellenbosch University where we both studied Bachelor of Arts degrees. Three years on the beautiful campus nestled in the Cape Winelands saw us soaking up student life till we were satiated.
From Stellenbosch we started our four years of adventures across Europe. Living and working, – apart and together – through Monte Carlo, Paris, Milan, Geneva and London.
Our return to sunny S.A. was prompted by Jeanne’s marriage in 2002. From there our stories take radically different routes…
Soon after Dominic and I were married on the beach at our family house on the Wild Coast, I started my career in film. Well, to be accurate, I started with 3 episodes on Egoli and a not-for-profit short film, but regardless, it was my start and it’s been an unpredictably exciting adventure since then! My first film role came in the form of “Jill” in “Faith Like Potatoes”. It was a pretty big deal for me as I had no training and very little experience, but it was a fantastic project to cut my teeth on and be part of.
Since then I have done various local & international films and recently wrapped on a feature starring Stephen Dorff (Blade) & Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). Both Dominic and I are in the film industry (he’s a film sector development specialist) and so we share the ups and downs and trials of triumphs of this kind of work. In between it all when we’re not off somewhere for work, we live a very normal and happy life from our cottage in Claremont!
Lying ahead is the release of a film I did in Los Angeles on M-Net and a role in a South African feature called Felix – and of course the onslaught of “commercial season” in the Mother City. Needless to say, I never know what I will be doing next, where or for how long – but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
I did many things over the next few years including networking media professionals and having a major burn out. It was in my position as PR Manager at an international property company that I discovered a love for writing. I can honestly say that I wasn’t much good at PR itself, but flourished as my position demanded more and more of my writing skills.
After a year and a half there I met my husband. I have always loved Seattle coffee and so it was a real life fairy tale that I ended up marrying Mr Seattle Coffee Company himself. We tied the knot on the sands of the Sabie River in the Kruger Park in April 2007. Not being ones to wait around we had our first child, Grace, 18 months after our marriage and our second child, James 14 months after that.
We now live in Tokai Cape Town with it’s peaceful setting and it’s not-so-wild wildlife. The squirrels eat nuts from the kids hands and the marauding baboons scare them half to death.
So there you have it. Jeanne is a happily married professional actress and I am a happily married mother of two. We look forward to seeing what the next two months entail and hope you enjoy the journey with us.