Nelia Pretorius is an elegant, passionate and very driven young woman. She grew up in a small town called, Nylstroom, now renamed Modimolle, in Limpopo. She moved to Botswana, where she did home-schooling for three years, after which she moved back to Modimolle to start high school, where she was introduced to the histrionics of theatre. Under the direction of Ronel De Beer, she starred as lead in “Mammon”, as the greedy god of money. She built up experience with sound and lighting, when she served on the technical team during other play rehearsals. Nelia moved to Potgietersrus (Mokopane) in 2009, and that’s where the acting bug bit her hard. Under direction of Amy van Deventer she was cast in “Doring Rosie van Roosfontein” as the evil fairy, “Belhartzia”, who, despite all attempts, could not get rid of that pesky little brat. The play went on to the finals of the Tshwane Tienertoneel Festival, and she received Bronze and Silver certificates for excellent performance. In 2010 she was cast as “Jana” in the play “Skraap” – the rebellious but compassionate friend of a young girl who got raped and decided to “self-abort” to keep shame from her family. The play made it to the finals of the Tshwane Tienertoneel Fees, where she won Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress Piet Potgieter and she also received the coveted Tshwane University of Technology bursary to study Drama at the institution. That year she was also named Kultuur Persoon van die Dorp Potgietersrus. She excelled in her cultural field, receiving 12 A+++’s and winning Kultuur Dogter van die Jaar at Potgietersrus High School two years running. In 2011 she commenced her studies at the Tshwane University of Technolody in the field of Drama. She starred in the BTech production “MyrhhMade” as The Lady in Purple, directed by then student, Vianney Henry Farmer. In 2012, she starred as lead in the play “Look back in Anger”, as Allison, directed by Ashley Welling. She was also the nurse in “The Death of Bessie Smith”, directed by Kobus Oosthuizen. And “Maurice” in the ensemble cast of “Sequins and Leather” directed by Tempke Hugo. She was also Karen in the production of Aasvoëls, directed by Kingdom Moshounyane and in 2013 as “Choke” in the outdoor production of “Skroothonde”, directed by Jenine Grové. She did her first on-screen acting in 2013 as Eve in Life Lt. of the 48Hour Film Festival. In 2014 she starred in a film that was a part of the KykNet Silwerskermfees, called “Ben se Begrafnis” alongside Neels van Jaarsveld, Arno Jordaan and Shareen Swart and Johan Engelbrecht. This was directed by Andrew Gould. In 2015, Nelia was cast in the Lefra production of “Liewe Heksie”, under leadership of Frans Swart, and joined the cast as “Blommie”, the ever faithful friend, when the team toured to Cape Town. Presently, Nelia hopes to continue and develop her career as an actress and singer, excited to become a part of South Africa’s exceeding industry and to one day represent our country internationally.