Lesley Ann Brandt, the multi-faceted South African actress is probably best known for her role as the slave girl “Naevia” on the hit television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. She is a talented actress, model, and singer who was initially discovered for television by New Zealand comedy producer, Chris Hampson. Before her official discovery, Lesley had been singing, modeling and working as a trained actor.
A global citizen, Brandt is at home in Cape town, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. Born and raised in Cape town, South Africa, she and her family emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand when her father took on a job offer; a great move some may say, as it was obviously the beginning of her discovery. Upon her arrival in New Zealand, Lesley originally worked in retail and as an information technology recruitment consultant, a job she had to quit to taken on her role on Spartacus in 2010. Other credits to her name include her role as “Leilani Fa’auigaese” in the New Zealand comedy Diplomatic Immunity, “Lamia” in the television series The Librarian, and her recurring role as “Naevia” in the historical drama mini-series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
Lesley continues to act, and has settled permanently in Los Angeles, California. When she is not acting, she is actively involved in the conservation of nature and wildlife. She credits her eco-consciousness to her move to New Zealand where she describes the people as being socially aware of their impact of the environment. Her three main causes are animals (including rhino conservation), the environment, and of course, she is involved in initiatives that impact her home country.
City Press named Lesley-Ann to their 2013 list of faces to watch in film. She continues to appear in television series and film. Look out for her this year, as she continues to make her mark in the spotlight.
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