Elize du Toit

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Elize du Toit (born 21 February 1980) is a retired South African-born English actress best known for playing the role of Izzy Davies in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2000 to 2004, with a brief return in 2007.[1]

Elize du Toit
Elize du Toit at the BAFTA's 2.jpg
du Toit in 2009
Born (1980-02-21) 21 February 1980 (age 40)
Grahamstown, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
OccupationFilm, television actress
Years active2000–2012
(m. after 2010)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Elize du Toit was born in Grahamstown, South Africa,[1] the second of four children, to an artist mother and an orthodontist father. She spent most of her childhood in Pretoria. She moved to Berkshire, United Kingdom, in December 1994, where she attended Wellington College, completed her A-levels – attaining straight As in English, French, history and history of art – and was a member of Reading's Progress Theatre.[2] She studied history at the University of Edinburgh and performed with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company.[3]

In 2008, du Toit started dating actor Rafe Spall after the two met in a bar through mutual friends. The couple got married on August 14, 2010,[4] and live in West Kensington, London.[5] Their first child, a daughter named Lena, was born in 2011, and in November 2012 their second, a son named Rex.[4] They also have a third child, another son, born in 2015.


du Toit won the role of Izzy Davies in the Channel 4 Soap Opera Hollyoaks after an open audition – beating 40,000 hopefuls. She left the show in 2004 after four years filming in Liverpool.[2] In November 2011, Du Toit made an appearance in Coronation Street as Jenny, the ex-girlfriend of Matt Carter.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2004 Hollyoaks Izzy Cornwell
2005 Triangle Bailey Blake American pilot, not picked up[7]
2006 The Devil's Chair Rachel Fowles
Dalziel and Pascoe Abigail Stewart Series 10, 2 episodes: "Glory Days, Part 1 & 2"[8]
The Line of Beauty Sophie Tipper 1 episode
2007 Flirting with Flamenco Karen Straight-to-DVD[9]
Doctor Who Sinister woman Series 3, 2 episodes
Hollyoaks Izzy Cornwell
2008 The Bill Claire Webster 1 episode
Casualty Nicola Westland 3 episodes
2009 Homeland Sylvie
Waterloo Road Heather
Ghost Town Rachel
2010 Material Girl Katy Travis 1 episode
M.I. High Sydney Barbour [10]
2011 Waking the Dead Bonnie Yorke 2 episodes
Lewis Andrea de Ritter 1 episode: The Gift of Promise
Coronation Street Jenny 1 episode
2012 Skyfall Vanessa M's Assistant


  1. ^ a b "South African actress Elize Du Toit has been confirmed as playing M's Assistant in the new film 'Skyfall'". MI6-HQ.COM. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Elize du Toit Official". Elize du Toit Official. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ Bedlam Theatre | Elize Du Toit[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Gilbert, Gerard (20 August 2011), "Rafe Spall Profile", The Independent, London
  5. ^ "Rafe Spall My London", Evening Standard, 2009, archived from the original on 12 April 2010
  6. ^ "'Hollyoaks' star Elize Du Toit joins 'Coronation Street'". 9 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Elize du Toit Official". Elize du Toit Official. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  8. ^ BBC. "Series 10". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  9. ^ "British Council Film". Archived from the original on 10 November 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  10. ^ "Elize du Toit". IMDb. Retrieved 29 December 2017.

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