Eyes: Brown Hair: Black Height: 177
Vaneshran has been a professional actor since 1996 and some other highlights of his career include starring roles in very popular comedy series, Streaks (1997); Suburban Bliss 2 (1998) and the longest consecutive running sitcom (5 seasons) on SA TV SOS (2000 – 2004). Never straying too far from the stage, he has performed with John Kani in Sean Mathias’ Antigone for Grahamstown Main Festival(2004) and with Tshamano Sebe and Erica Wessels in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the A Train (2005) for the Baxter Studio.
During his career Vaneshran has trained as a multicam director and directed on several episodes of SOS under the tutelage of Andre Odendaal.
He has trained in script and screenwriting, the evidence of which can be seen in his plays and scripts for film and TV (of which many have been produced and aired)
Vaneshran has also lent his celebrity to worthy causes as a public speaker and activist for such organisations as POWA (People opposing Women Abuse), Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, Ashoka Innovators for the Public, The Men’s March.
In line with his profession and desire to give back to society, Vaneshran was an integral part in the development of a theatre complex in the historical District Six, which he physically helped build, and housed Abdullah Ibrahim’s M7 Music Academy - This is the Distrix Café on Hanover, known locally as ‘the Garden’ – This was the venue for many great performances such as Tananas’ final concert, Ibrahim’s solo project, Senzo, Zolani Mahola and Josh Hawkes (now Freshly Ground) first big performance and The Most Amazing Show, Among many other prominent and community events, all produced by me or under my guidance. Sadly, since my departure from the project it has been unable to continue in the same vain for a variety of reasons.
Vaneshran is a founder member and trustee of The Turning Point Foundation, which came out of the work in Pollsmoor and provides a platform for creating access and training in the Performing Arts to create social change and justice. This in addition to being inducted into the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program Alumni Association, which is also an agency for social justice; and of whose Western Cape chapter, Vaneshran is currently Chairperson. His leadership includes introducing a broad performing arts program to address social justice.
|Film||Role||Director / Production Company|
|THE LAST FACE||UN Staffer||dir. Sean Penn|
|ECHO BEACH||Naveed||dir. Jyoti Mistry, Shadowy Meadows|
|COLD HARBOUR||Assistant Commissioner||dir. Carey McKenzie, Ten 10 Films|
|COPPOSITES||Milo||dir. Oliver Rodger|
|I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU BLACK & WHITE||George Best||dir. Oliver Rodger|
|MORE THAN JUST A GAME||Indres Naidoo||dir. Junaid Ahmed|
|STRING CAESER||Cinna||dir. Paul Schoolman|
|SCORPION KING: Rise of the Akkadian||Cameo||dir. Russel Mulcahey|
|PONDO BICYCLE||Lead||dir. Jan Ellis|
|DIE WONDERWERKER||Ebrahim Ravat|
|Series||Role||Director / Production Company|
|DOMINION S2||Pearson||dir. Various, Syfy|
|YOUNG LEONARDO II||Scarpa||Kindle Entertainment; CBBC|
|90 PLEIN STREET III||Lesley (Lead)||dir. Kalo Mathabane|
|THE PHILANTHROPIST||Jivan Bose||dir. Andy Wilson, NBC|
|SCANDAL||Sanjay||dir. Adrian Alper, ETV|
|HISTORY OF THE WORLD||Auranzeb||FILM AFRICA|
|Production||Role||Director / Venue|
|MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM||Bottom||dir. Guy De Lancy|
|INTERRUPTING HENRY||Adrian Henry||dir. Matthew Wild|
|TEXTURE||Collaboration||Guy De Lancy and Bronwyn van Graan|
|OTHELLO||Othello||dir. Geoffrey Hyland|
|DARK NIGHT WITH YOU IN THE MOURNING||One Man Show||Playroom|
|CISSIE||Ensemble||dir. Nadia Davids|
|PAD||Collaboration||Out The Box Festival|
|YOU EXPECTED SOMETHING ELSE||One man show||National Arts Festival|
|HAMLET||Hamlet||dir. Janet Suzman, Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon|
Training / Experience
|UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN||MA in Performance and Theatremaking|
|UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND||Bachelor of Arts (Dramatic Art) (Hons)|