Jody Abrahams bio: age, family, career, nominations, awards

Jody Abrahams bio: age, family, career, nominations, awards

Jody Abrahams is a South African actor, performer, and director best known for his role as journalist Benny Jacobs on SABC3’s drama Hard Copy. He started theatre performance at an early age, and at 11 years old, he was working with theatre veterans Taliep Petersen and David Kramer on District Six – The Musical. In 1999, the actor was a joint winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for his role in the hit musical Kat and the Kings.

Jody Abrahams biography
Jody Abrahams is a veteran South African performer and actor. Photo: @kyk_laataand
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The award-winning performer has become a household name in theatre, having graced both local and international stages from Broadway to West End. Below is a look at the actor’s life and journey in the entertainment industry.

Jody Abrahams profile summary

  • Full name: Jody J Abrahams
  • Year of birth: 1974
  • Jody Abrahams age: 47 years as of 2021
  • Marital status: Married
  • Nationality: South African
  • Occupation: Actor, director, producer
  • Production company: Jester Productions

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Biography

The veteran actor was born in 1974 in Cape Town, South Africa, and was raised by his grandparents. He attended St George Grammar School. Despite being an accomplished actor in theatre, television, and movie sets, Jody has never had formal training in the art.

Jody Abrahams marriage

Jody Abrahams family
Jody Abrahams wife, actress Diaan Lawrenson, and their two children. Photo: @diaanlawrenson
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The accomplished theatre actor has been married two times. Jody Abrahams ex wife and the actor divorced due to marital problems. Later in March 2014, he married actress Diaan Lawrenson, who is best known for her role as Paula on 7de Laan.

Early in their relationship, Jody Abrahams and Diaan Lawrenson faced a lot of media scrutiny because the actor was still married to his former wife. The actress later revealed that Jody’s union was already headed for divorce at the time.

The couple shares two Jody Abrahams children. Their firstborn is daughter Olivia Rose whom they welcomed in 2010, while the second one is son James born in 2013.

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Jody Abrahams theater, television and film career

Jody Abrahams career
Jody Abrahams started professional acting at age 11 with a theatre role on District Six – The Musical. Photo: @diaanlawrenson
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Jody started professional acting at the age of 11 with a theatre role on District Six – The Musical. He has since starred in several movies, television shows, and theatre performances, both in South Africa and abroad. Some of the movies he starred in are Safe House as a stadium cop (2012), American Ninja 4: The Annihilation as Pango (1990), Four Corners as Mr Fredericks (2013), and The Quarry as Small (1998).

He has also appeared in a number of TV shows, including Scandal!, Interrogation Room, Hard Copy as Benny Jacobs, Fishy Feshuns as Duno, 7de Laan, Hopeville as PJ Daniels, Cape Town as Bart de Wit (2016), and Backstage.

The award-winning actor is also a director and writer. He founded Jester Productions alongside his wife, actress Diaan Lawrenson. The production company focuses on developing and producing original South African content.

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Apart from film, television, and theatre, Jody is an author. Jody Abrahams books narrate fictional stories, and Bullets Over Bishop Lavis, which was published in 2013, is his best work so far. The book is based on a play of the same name, which he created together with Christo Davids.

Jody Abrahams achievements

The actor has been recognized several times for his outstanding contribution to the South African and international film and theatre industry. The following are some Jody Abrahams awards:

  • Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical (1998) – Kat and The Kings
  • Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama Series (2006) – Hard Copy

He has also received the following Jody Abrahams nominations:

  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (1999) – Kat and The Kings
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography (2000) – Kat and The Kings
  • Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama (2018) – Hard Copy 4

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South Africa’s creative space provides an excellent opportunity for entertainers to bring the much-needed change across the country. Jody Abrahams, who remains one of the most talented veteran performers, has been using the stage to entertain as well as educate.

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