Lesley-Ann Brandt

Lesley-Ann Brandt (born 2 December 1981) is a South African actress. Brandt has acted in a number of New Zealand television series and first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Since January 2016, she has played the role of Mazikeen on the television series Lucifer.

Lesley-Ann Brandt
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Born (1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 40)
Cape Town, South Africa
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Known forSpartacus, Lucifer
Spouse(s)
(m. 2015)
Children1

Early lifeEdit

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Brandt is Cape Coloured of Indian, German, Dutch, and Spanish descent.[1][2] She is a fluent Afrikaans speaker[3] and lists yoga, hockey, and baseball among her interests.[4] In South Africa, she played competitive field hockey.[5]

In 1999, Brandt immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, with her parents and her younger brother Brian Brandt. Brandt started work in retail sales in Auckland[6] before securing work as an information technology recruitment consultant.[5][7] Following some modelling work, she was cast in a number of New Zealand television advertisements.[8] She studied acting and was trained in the Meisner technique in 2008.[4]

CareerEdit

Brandt's first significant acting role was in the New Zealand television series Diplomatic Immunity. Brandt has appeared in guest roles on the New Zealand hospital soap opera, Shortland Street, and This Is Not My Life, a science fiction series set in the 2020s in the fictional town of Waimoana.[9]

Brandt had a role as slave girl Naevia in the first season Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the prequel miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. She originally auditioned for the role of Sura but the casting director suggested she audition for the role of Naevia instead.[4] Brandt did not return for the subsequent seasons of Spartacus due to production delays following the death of Andy Whitfield.[10] Her manager Steven Jensen stated to TheWrap, "She'd like to go back, but they really haven't gotten the number we're looking for." He said she would reconsider "if they step up". STARZ had no comment. Cynthia Addai-Robinson ultimately replaced Brandt as Naevia.[11] Brandt had a role in the New Zealand coming-of-age feature film The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell. The film, about the victim of a kart racing accident, was filmed in Howick, a suburb of East Auckland.[7][12]

Brandt guest starred in the CSI: NY episodes "Smooth Criminal" and "Food for Thought". Brandt was featured in the film InSight in which she plays nurse Valerie Khoury. In May 2010, Brandt guest starred on Legend of the Seeker, another Rob Tapert/Sam Raimi production filmed in New Zealand. She appeared in the Season 2 season finale "Tears" in the role of Sister Thea.[4] In 2011, she guest appeared in TNT's Memphis Beat, which was followed by a lead role as Cassie in Syfy's highest rated original feature for 2011, Zombie Apocalypse, which also starred Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning. She appeared in the feature film Drift with Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel, and Duke starring CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo.

In 2013, she had a recurring role in the third season of Single Ladies as Naomi Cox.[13] In 2014, she guest starred as Larissa Diaz/Copperhead on Gotham,[14] and appeared as the recurring character Lamia in The Librarians.[15] In 2015, she won the role of Maze in the FOX television series Lucifer. She replaced actress Lina Esco who was released after the first table read. Brandt had reportedly tested for the role and was reconsidered after Esco was released.[16]

Brandt is based in Los Angeles.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Brandt married her boyfriend of six years, actor Chris Payne Gilbert, in 2015.[18] The couple's first child, son Kingston Payne Brandt-Gilbert, was born in July 2017.[19]

FilmographyEdit

 
Brandt at the 2017 WonderCon, to promote Lucifer.

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell Sharon
2011 InSight Valerie Khoury
2012 A Beautiful Soul Angela Barry
2013 Drift Lani
2011 Duke Violet
2015 Painkillers Guts
2019 Heartlock Tara Sharpe

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Diplomatic Immunity Leilani Fa'auigaese 13 episodes
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Naevia 11 episodes
2010 Legend of the Seeker Sister Thea Episode: "Tears"
2010 This Is Not My Life Hine / WAI Field Reporter 2 episodes
2011 Chuck Fatima Tazi Episode: "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible"
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Naevia 6 episodes
2011 CSI: NY Camille Jordanson 2 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat Adriana Episode: "The Things We Carry"
2011 Zombie Apocalypse Cassie Television film
2014 Being Mary Jane Tamiko Roberts Episode: "Girls Night In"
2014 Killer Women Amber Flynn Episode: "In and Out"
2014 Single Ladies Naomi Cox 11 episodes
2014 Gotham Larissa Diaz/Copperhead Episode: "Lovecraft"
2014 The Librarians Lamia 5 episodes
2016–2021 Lucifer Mazikeen
Lillith
Main Cast (Season 1–6)
Lilith (Season 5, Episode 4 only)

Music videosEdit

Year Band Title Character Director
2007 Battle Circus "Love in a Fallout Shelter"[20] Lead Female Anton Steel
2007 Nesian Mystik "R.S.V.P."[20] Lead Female Luke Sharpe

PodcastsEdit

Date Title
Nov. 5, 2019 That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse[21]
July 15, 2019 LipRoll[22]
July 11, 2019 Out in Left Field with Dana Goldberg[23]
May 23, 2019 Fan Wonderland[24]
2019 Mama Said[25]
2019 Build & Chill with The TVC[26]
January 22, 2016 Down and Nerdy[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Actress Lesley Ann Brandt from the show 'Lucifer'". YouTube. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ "📎Lesley-Ann Brandt on Twitter". Twitter.
  3. ^ "Official Lesley-Ann Brandt Fan Site - Biography". lesleyannbrandt.ausxip.com. Retrieved 10 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d "Lesley-Ann Brandt". Karen Kay Management. 23 November 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Cast Bios: Lesley-Ann Brandt (Naevia)" (PDF). starz.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  6. ^ "AUSXIP Interviews Spartacus Actress Lesley-Ann Brandt". talkingxena.yuku.com. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  7. ^ a b Suggs, Bob (1 January 2010). "Lesley-Ann Brandt - Plays Naevia on Spartacus". Screen Rave. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  8. ^ Folb, Luke (6 May 2019). "Lesley-Ann Brandt on her role in Netflix series Lucifer". IOL. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  9. ^ Baillie, Russell (30 July 2010). "TV Review: 'This Is Not My Life'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-06-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Lesley-Ann Brandt Would Stay With 'Spartacus'—for a Price". 17 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Hopes and Dreams: New film attracts strong cast". New Zealand Film Commission. 16 November 2009. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  13. ^ Schillaci, Sophie. "'Single Ladies' Season Three: These Rookies Are Shaking Things Up". MTV. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  14. ^ Maglio, Tony (24 November 2014). "'Gotham's' Copperhead Debuts on Fox's Fall Finale". The Wrap.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "TNT Eyes 'The Librarian' Series; Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart & Jane Curtin May Return". Deadline. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Lesley-Ann Brandt Joins 'Lucifer' Fox Pilot In Recasting". Deadline. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Biography". Lesley-Ann Brandt Official Website. 2012. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  18. ^ Rello, Gabriella (January 25, 2016). "Actress Lesley Ann Brandt's Vermont Wedding". Brides.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016..
  19. ^ Juneau, Jen (July 21, 2017). "Lesley-Ann Brandt and Chris Payne Gilbert Welcome Son Kingston Payne". People. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Lesley-Ann Brandt - Music Video". Karen Kay Management Limited. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  21. ^ "That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse: 098: Lesley-Ann Brandt — Punch Above Your Weight".
  22. ^ "Lesley-Ann Brandt (Actress, "Maze") on Netflix's Lucifer - LipRoll".
  23. ^ "Lucifer Star Lesley-Ann Brandt Goes Out in Left Field|Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Podcast Network".
  24. ^ "Fan Wonderland - Episode Fourty Three: All Hell Breaks Loose with Lesley-Ann Brandt on Stitcher".
  25. ^ "PodcastOne: Taking Leave for Both Mommy and Daddy with Lesley-Ann Brandt".
  26. ^ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lesley-ann-brandt-lucifer-gotham-liproll-crew/id1471072361?i=1000444753941
  27. ^ "Episode 96 - an Interview with Lesley-Ann Brandt from FOX's Lucifer from Down and Nerdy Podcast | Podcast Episode on Podbay".

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