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Susan Danford

1st Lang: English (fluent) , Afrikaans (fluent)     
Eyes: Green     Hair: Red     Height: 1.66     

AWARDS 
2017 Fleur du Cap - Nominated Best Actress – Clybourne Park
2014 Nominated BEST ACTRESS Naledi Awards – MISSING by John Kani
2011 Fleur Du Cap – Nominated Best Actress – Broken Glass  by Arthur Miller
2008 Fleur Du Cap - Nominated for Best Theatre Actress - I, Claudia
2006 Fleur Du Cap - Winner Best Actress Award  - Betrayal by Harold Pinter
1990 AA Vita Life Award – Nominated for Best Film Actress - Paradise Road
1987 AA Life Vita Award – Winner Most Promising New Actress
1986 AA Life Vita Award – Nominated for Most Promising New Actress
1985 Pretoria Technikon  - WINNER Best Performing-Arts Drama Student
 
Susan Danford - Biography
Susan Danford is a Johannesburg-born actor and voice artist celebrating a 30-year career, working both internationally and in South Africa in Film, Television and Theatre. She has been recognised with 9 nominations and 3 acting award wins, in leading and supporting roles, ranging from comedy to drama.
Most recently Susan was directed by Sir Ridley Scott, (Blade Runner, Gladiator) on 2020’s acclaimed sci-fi series, Raised by Wolves (HBO Max) with the second season slated to start filming in early 2021.
2020 also saw Susan as Trish Williams in the celebrated series, Still Breathing (bbzeefilms/Mnet/Showmax). Feature film highlights include Invictus directed by Clint Eastwood; Friend Request; The Salvation, starring Madds Mikkleson, with series highlights including Tutankhamun (with Sam Neill), Known Gods, League of Glory, Meester, The Color of Friendship, Vagrant Queen, and Deutschland ‘89.
Her notable theatre work began with her award-winning debut role as Rosasharn in Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath; Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Abigail in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. More recent theatre highlights include her Best Actress nominated performance as Anna, opposite John Kani (Black Panther) in his play Missing, for The Baxter and Market Theatres; playing Sylvia Gellburg, opposite Sir Antony Sher in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass for The Fugard Theatre, for which she also received a Best Actress nomination, and Emma in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, directed by Lara Foot, for which she won the Fleur Du Cap Best Actress Award.

Film Experience

Film Role Director / Production Company
INDEMNITY Dr. Gillian Tunbridge dir. Travis Taute, Gambit Films
POPPIE NONGENA Mary dir Christiaan Olwagen, Helena Spring Film
MAZE RUNNER, The Death Cure Wife dir. Wes Ball, Gotham
FRIEND REQUEST Caroline dir. Simon Verhoeven,Weiderman & Berg film productions, Two Oceans prod
THE SALVATION Mrs Whistler dir. Kristian Levring, Spier Films, Zentropa
YVONNE KANE Yvonne Kane Filmes do Tejo II Multimedia Lda, Portugal
LAYLA FOURIE Headmistress dir. Pia Marais, DV8 Films, Topkapi Films, The Netherlands
FYNBOS Anne dir. Harry Patroamanis; Moonlighting S.A
INVICTUS Mrs. Coleman dir. Clint Eastwood, Moonlighting Films
DEADLY HARVEST (FLEISCH) Dr.Jackson dir. Oliver Schmidt ; LIONHEART ENTERTAINMENT; TWO OCEANS PRODUCTIONS.
DOOMSDAY Command centre official dir. Niel Marshall, UNIVERSAL PICTURES
CATCH A FIRE White Madam dir. Phyllip Noyce, WORKING TITLE FILMS
I DREAMED OF AFRICA Esther Maitland dir .Hugh Hudson, COLUMBIA PICTURES
PARADISE ROAD Lead, Catherine Dowling dir. Jan Scholtz ,Scholtz Films
THE ADVENTURES OF LAUREL AND HARDY Lead, Leslie With F.Murray Abraham
CRAZY JOE COCO Alice dir .John Matshikiza,Weekly mail film festival

Television

Series Role Director / Production Company
RAISED BY WOLVES S2 Film Afrika RBW2 dirs. Ernest Dickerson, Sunu Gonera, Alex Gabassi, Lukas Ettlin, Scott Free Productions
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Mrs Hildreth (Ep.5) dir. Brian Kelly, Slim Film + Television and Federation for BBC
VAGRANT QUEEN (Ep 9) Lazaros Mother dirs. Jem Garrard, Danishka Esterhazy, Cindy Lee, Blue Ice Pictures, Syfy
RAISED BY WOLVES Justina Scott Free Productions
NOUGHTS AND CROSSES Linda Hickson dirs. Julian Holmes, Koby Adom, Mammoth Screen, BBC
AMERICAN MONSTER 3 HAMILTON STORY Susan Hamilton dir. Neil Rawles, Trilogy Creative Studios
DEUTSHLAND86 Barbara Avery dir. Florian Cossen, UFA Fiction GmbH
TROY, FALL OF A CITY Midwife Minoa BBC
THE LAST POST Captain Gibby dirs. Jonny Campbell, John McKay, Bonafide Films
ORIGINS (Transport: Suffragette) Frances Willard dir. Niall MacCormick, National Geographic
ORIGINS (Medicine: Otzi Man) Otzi Female Healer dir. Celso Garcia, National Geographic
MADIBA Betsie Verwoed dir. Kevin Hooks, LeftBank pictures, Blue Ice Pictures
TUTANKHAMUN Lady Carnovan,opp Sam Neill dir. Peter Webber, ITV studios,Film Afrika
MAT JOUBERT Ruth Van Jaarsveld dir. Peter Ladkani, All in Production and Out of Africa Entertainment
DOMINION S2 Senator Blake NBC Universal SYFY Network
BLACK SAILS Season III Mater Starz Entertainment, Film Afrika
UGEN MACHT GLUGKLICH Maria dir. Granz Henman, Wasabi films, Film Afrika
DOMINION Senator Blake NBC Universal; SYFY
BLACK SAILS Mater Starz Entertainment
SAF3 Jo dirs. Various, Patsy Pictures
YOUNG LEONARDO II Nun, Principal Kindle Entertainment; CBBC
WOMAN IN LOVE Beatrice dir. Miranda Bowan, Moonlighting Films
VLOEKSTEEN Mysi dir Regardt van den Bergh; Waterfront Television
NATALIE HOLLOWAY Maggie dir. Mikael Salomon; SONY PICTURES T.V, Moonlighting S.A.
LEAGUE OF GLORY Brigitte Grant, Lead dir Darryl Roodt, MNET
THE PHILANTHROPIST Principal dir. Barry levinson, Moonlighting Films
RESTLESS Upper East Side Woman dir.Edward Hall, ENDOR PRODUCTIONS U.K. & MOONLIGHTING S.A
LAND OF THIRST Vivie Du Preez Vuleka Productions
THE TRIANGLE (Mini Series) Landon ,3 EP dir. C.R. Baxley,Lionsgate, SYFY Network
KNOWN GODS Lead, 24 EP dir. D.Lister and R Vd Berg. MNET
SAINTS, SINNERS & SETTLERS Principal dir. M. Schlesinger, SABC
KELEBONE Principal dir. N.Sundstrom, SABC
ONDER DRAAI DIE DUIWEL ROND Lead dir. Katinka Heyns,SABC
DIE LAKSMAN Lead dir. B. Riley, SABC
MMG ENGINEERS Lead dir. B.Heany, SABC
MEESTER Lead dir. A.Basson, SABC
REAP THE WHIRLWIND Principal CoProduction SABC, France
SEWENDE LAAN Lead dir Various, Danie Odendaal Produksies, SABC
BINNELANDERS Guest dir. Ilse van Hemert, MNET

Theatre Experience

Production Role Director / Venue
Selected Highlights:
CLYBOURNE PARK Bev and Kathy Dir. Greg Karvellas, The Fugard Theatre
MISSING Anna Ohlson dir. Janice Honeyman. BAXTER THEATRE,National Tour; Market Theatre, Mkufe Festival, (Playwright John Kani)
THE LIST One person show dir. Leila Hendriques. BAXTER THEATRE (playwright Jennifer Tremblay)
GREEN MAN FLASHING Anna dir. Hennie van Greunen, Artscape
BROKEN GLASS (with Sir Anthony Sher) Lead dir. Janice Honeyman, Fugard Theatre
I, CLAUDIA One Woman Show dir. Lara Bye, Baxter Theatre & National tour
BETRAYAL Emma dir. Lara Foot, Baxter Theatre
DEATH DEFYING ACTS, HOTLINE, CENRAL PARK WEST Various dir. Bobby Heaney
PHAEDRA Ismene dir. Nancy Duiguid
THE GREAT GATSBY Daisy dir. Craig Freimond
ROMEO AND JULIET Juliet dir. Murray McGibbon
HARD TIMES Louisa dir. Janice Honeyman
THE CRUCIBLE Abigail dir. Dieter Reible
THE JUST Dora dir. Dieter Reible
AS YOU LIKE IT Celia dir. Francois Shank
BLACK COMEDY Carol dir. Terence Shank
THE LION IN WINTER Alais dir. Dieter Reible
THE GRAPES OF WRATH Rosasharn dir. Terence Shank
UMLUNGU Lead Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Special Skills

ACCENTS
Standard American, Southern American, British RP, Irish, Mid West American. Swedish, French, Italian
SPORT
Swimming, cycling, yoga
OTHER
Established Voice Artist and Accent Coach
Producer ,Vigil Nominated Best Production & Winner Best Supporting Actress For Vanessa Cooke 
Producer , Performer ,I,Claudia Nomination Fleur Du Cap, Best Solo Performance 
Performance, Dialect, Dialogue Coach (Full cv available on request)

 

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