Ivan Botha Biography: Who Is The Actor And What Happened To His First Wife?

Ivan Botha is a South African actor, writer, producer, MC, Director, and TV presenter best known for his role as Pieter van Heerden in 7de Laan and for his appearance in an Afrikaans-language film. Ivan Botha’s first wife Ciske Kruger, who is also an actress has since moved on after divorce from his ex-husband.

Ivan Botha is undeniably a person who wears several career hats and has played an active role in bringing South Africa to the limelight when it comes to entertainment. He is best known for being an Afrikaans-speaking South African actor, having featured in several South African movies where they speak Afrikaans.

Ivan Botha’s Profile Summary

  • Full Name: Ivan Botha
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 13th December 1985
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Ethnicity: Afrikaans
  • Nationality: South African
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Wife: DonnaLee Roberts
  • Children: Amelie and Cameron
  • Height in Feet: 6 feet
  • Height in Centimetres: 182 cm
  • Weight: 70 kg
  • Famous for: Featuring in 7de Laan
  • Instagram: @ivanbotha17

Ivan Botha Was Born On 13th December 1985

Although Ivan Botha is very active on social media, he has managed to keep a major part of his private life away from the public domain. While we know that he was born on 13th December 1985, we can’t say for sure who his parents or siblings are. However, there are reports that he was born and raised in South Africa by his parents. He has also shared an old picture of himself, two siblings, and his parents. The picture speaks volumes about how happy his family must have been.

He Attended Tshwane University of Technology

Despite having very little information about Ivan Botha’s childhood, from the looks of things, it did not take him so much time in life to realize where his passion lay and to follow it. He earned his degree in drama from the Tshwane University of Technology, where he specialized in direction and scriptwriting.

From the professional knowledge Ivan got from Tshwane University, he has diversified his skills into different areas of the entertainment sector and is doing well. Asides from his university education, there is no information regarding the high school and elementary school he attended.

Ivan Botha Made His Debut TV Appearance In 2007

David DeCoteau, an American-Canadian film producer and director, played a major role in bringing Ivan Botha to the limelight and sharpening his skill. His first-ever appearance in a movie production was in the movie, The Raven, where he played the role of Greg.

In 2007, Ivan Botha was featured in a TV series titled Justice for All, where he played the role of ‘David Stephenson.’ Since his debut in 2007, the only year that his Wikipedia page shows that he probably did not feature in a movie or series is 2015. Every other year, he was constantly featured in one movie or TV series.

He Is Best Known For Featuring In 7de Laan

Ivan Botha is best known for playing the role of Pieter van Heerden in the TV series 7de Laan (7th Avenue) in 2009. Although he did not play a main role or character, the movie played a major part in bringing him to the limelight. Since 2009, he has featured in about five other TV series, including the Netflix hit series Blood and Water, where he played the role of Mr. Ferreira. In 2021, he landed the role of Wim in the TV series Alles Malan. Here are some other movies and series he has featured in:

  • Tornado and the Kalahari Horse Whisperer (2009)
  • Bakgat! II (2010)
  • Kompleks (2020-)
  • Everyman’s Taxi (2012)
  • Pad na Jou Hart (2014)
  • Vir Altyd (2016)
  • Binnelanders (2005-2018)
  • Beurtkrag (2021)

Ivan Botha Is Also A Brand Influencer

As of writing this, Ivan Botha has over 100k followers on his official Instagram account. This has brought the attention of brands that want him to partner with them by endorsing their brand for his followers to trust and patronize them. Some of the brands that Ivan Botha has endorsed include YSLbeauty, Ola South Africa, and Nespresso South Africa. On Instagram, he uploads a lot of pictures of his family.

Ivan Botha Is Married To DonnaLee Roberts

Ivan Botha is a married man. He is married to the beautiful DonnaLee Roberts, who is also an actress, screenwriter, filmmaker, and model. In 2017, Botha and Roberts got engaged, and two years later, they got married, precisely on 17th May 2019. Their outdoor wedding ceremony was attended by friends and family, and the love birds couldn’t hide their joy, as they both took to social media to share with fans.

From the caption both parties gave their wedding post, you could easily tell that getting married to each other was a dream come through. After almost three years of exchanging marital vows, they both seem to still be deeply in love with each other. You can’t scroll through Ivan Botha’s Instagram handle without knowing who he is in love with and how much he loves his family.

His wife, Donnalee Roberts, has partnered with her husband on a couple of film productions. In 2018, the couple co-produced and co-starred in the movie, Stroomop.

Their Marriage Was Not The First For Both Botha and Roberts 

Donnalee Roberts is not Ivan Botha’s first wife, so also is Ivan Botha not Donnalee Roberts’ first husband. The actor was previously married to Ciske Kruger, who is also an actress. They co-starred in the film Bakgat! tot die mag 3 in 2013. In an interview with IOL, he noted that being on the same production set with his wife was also exciting. Unfortunately, things between them did not last forever, contrary to the vows they exchanged when they married.

His wife, Donnalee Roberts, was married to businessman Gerber Strydom. They got married in 2010; however, three years after their marriage, they parted ways in 2013. They announced that they were going their separate ways in a joint statement, having grown apart.

Ivan Botha’s Two Children, Amelie and Cameron, Are A Source Of Joy

Ivan Botha is the proud father of two children. His first child, Amelie, is one he fathered with his first wife, Criske Kruger. They got the inspiration for her name from one of their favorite French movies. Amelie was born in 2009. Although Ivan and Criske Kruger are divorced, both seem to have done a great job co-parenting their daughter. Ivan shares pictures of his children and his wife, Donnalee Roberts, from time to time.

In 2020, Donnalee Roberts gave birth to a son for Botha, who they named Cameron. Ivan was so excited to be a father for the second time. He took to social media to share pictures of his children. From the pictures of his son that he shares online, fans have observed a striking resemblance between Ivan and Cameron.

It is so obvious that Ivan loves his family. Despite his busy schedule as an actor, producer, and director, he still creates ample time to spend with his wife and children. From time to time, they visit some of the best reserves and parks in South Africa, and even without leaving the country, they have all the fun they want.

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