Elize du Toit

Biography

Elize du Toit was born on the 21st of February 1980 in Grahamstown, South Africa, the second of four children, to an artist mother and an orthodontist father. She spent most of her childhood in Pretoria, SA, where her love for drama began. She took speech and drama classes from the age of 8, competing yearly in local drama festivals. Her family moved to Berkshire, England in December 1994, where she completed her A-levels, attaining straight As in English, French, History and History of Art. She got involved with the Progress Theatre company in Reading soon after arriving in England, and through that and school productions appeared ias the Boy in Henry V,as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, In Molier’s Les Precieuses Ridicules, Mary in ‘our Country’s Good’ and in TS Elliots ‘Murder in the Cathedral’. Although acting was always was her love she went on to study History at Edinburgh University ‘for something to fall back on’. She immediately got very involved in the student theatre company in Edinburgh – appearing as Kate Hardcastle in ‘She Stoops to Conquer’, Jude in ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Doris in ‘Silly Cow’, Estelle in ‘Huis Clos’, and Constanze in ‘Amadeus’, before attending her first open television audition, for channel 4’s ‘Hollyoaks’ where she beat out 40 000 hopefuls for the role of Izzy, a part she was to play for almost 4 years, moving her life to Liverpool where the show was filmed until 2004.

In January 2005 Elize made her first trip to Los Angeles for pilot season, where she got the first part she auditioned for – playing Bailey Blake opposite DB Woodside and Ivan Sergei, in a one hour drama pilot for UPN. The show wasn’t picked up, so Elize returned to London, where she spent the rest of 2005, winning roles in a feature film, Flirting with Flamenco, and a couple of BBC dramas. In 2006, she filmed 2 features in London – a horror , and a romantic comedy, and her next trip to LA won her a role in her first American feature, Homeland. All 3 of these are due out in 2007.

She is currently living in London working on an improv-based sitcom pilot for Fox Television UK and Channel 5 entiltled ‘In Your Ear’ with Neil Morrisey…

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