Mary Anne Barlow is a South African actress and voice-over artist best known for featuring South Africa’s most popular soap operas like The River, Isidingo, and Legacy. Anne also had an international audience when she starred in the series Wild At Heart as Vanessa in 2011.
However, her larger fanbase is in South Africa, where she lives and works. Mary Anne is a very private person, and outside her on-screen roles, there is nothing much that can be said about her. Notwithstanding, we have gathered as much information as possible for you to know more about the actress and voice-over artist.
Mary Anne Barlow Was Born in Zimbabwe
Mary Anne Barlow was born on 21st November 1973 in Harare, Zimbabwe, where her parents used to live. However, her parents later relocated to South Africa with the family, and as such, it is safe to say she is a Zimbabwean-South African.
The very private actress is yet to reveal details about her childhood. However, she must have been raised in a happy family. In May 2022, she shared a picture of her dad and mentioned that it was his first birthday when he was not present, implying that he may have kicked the bucket. We, however, can confirm that before his death, he battled with an undisclosed illness for a while.
Coincidentally, her father’s first posthumous birthday was the same day as International Mother’s Day. It was her first Mother’s Day celebration as a mother, which made her miss him even more. Many fans flooded her comment section with condolence messages as they sympathized with her.
Her Passion For Acting Was Developed At A Young Age
Unlike most people who figure life out as they grow older, Mary Anne Barlow may have also had some figuring out to do, but not as it concerns what her passion was. From an early age, she was already passionate about acting.
Her passion for acting drove her to seek professional study in acting. She has a Diploma in Dramatic Art. We don’t have details about the name of the schools she attended. However, we know that she graduated from a tertiary institution in 1997.
She Made Her Acting Debut in 1997
The same year Mary Anne graduated from a tertiary institution, she landed her first official acting role in the theatre play titled Egoli: Place of Gold. The play was performed at Mandy Breytenbach Theatre in Pretoria, and she played the role of Coreen McKenzie Edwards.
She also featured in Egoli: Place of Gold when it was made into a TV series from 1997 to 2003. This series gained her a lot of recognition across South Africa. To date, some sources still refer to her as someone who is best known for playing Coreen McKenzie Edwards.
In 2004, she played the role of Francine Cullinan in the TV series ‘Snitch.’ That same year, she starred as Lisa Van Heern in the movie Cape of Good Hope. And in 2005, she was featured in Roxi as Roxi, the stepmother.
Mary Anne Barlow Has Featured in a British Television Series
In 2006, Mary Anne Barlow landed a lead role in season four of Jacob’s Cross, where she played the role of ‘Dr. Sam Jones’. In 2007, she played the role of Ranger in Radio Room in the movie Prey – that same year, she played the role of Tracey in the short film titled The Last Rites of Passage.
These short films, movies, and TV series contributed to making her famous around South Africa. They may have also helped her gain favor before British producers, as in 2009, she landed the role of Vannesa in the British series Wild at Heart. This movie opened her up to international recognition and fame.
She Featured in Cape Town TV Series in 2011
The same year Mary Anne Barlow featured in Wild at Heart, she also featured in the film Winnie Mandela as a TRC reporter. In 2015, she played the role of Angela in the short film Sheila. In 2016, Mary Anne was featured in the short TV series titled Cape Town as Margaret Wallace. The following year, she played Margaret Underhill in Black Sails and Suzanne in Thula’s Vine.
Mary Anne Barlow Plays The Role Of Felicity Price In Legacy
Since 2020, Mary Anne Barlow has been playing the role of Felicity Price in the M’Net series Legacy. She is well known for that role and is one of the lead actresses in the series. She features along stars like Kgomotso Christopher, Siyabonga Thwala, Michelle Botes, and Dawid Minnaar.
She has also featured in other popular South African soapies like The River, where she played the role of Gail Mathabatha. In 2020, she played the role of Kelly/Lisa in Heks. Here is a detailed list of all the short films, films, and TV series Mary Anne Barlow has featured in:
- Egoli: Place of Gold
- Cape of Good Hope
- Mama Jack
- Number 10
- The Last Rites of Passage
- The Philanthropist
- Wild at Heart
- Winnie Mandela
- Cape Town
- Black Sails
- Thula’s Vine
- Taryn & Sharon
- Farewell Ella Bella
- The River
Mary Anne Barlow’s contribution to the South African entertainment industry has not gone unnoticed. She received the award of Best Supporting Actress in a Telenova at the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA).
She is Also an Instagram Influencer
On Instagram, Mary Anne refers to herself as a voice-over artist. However, we don’t have details about some of the voice-over gigs she has gotten. She also has over 40k followers on the platform and is big on brand endorsements. She has endorsed brands like Doona South Africa, Baby Yum Yum South Africa, Cell Tone South Africa, and Every Son SA.
Mary Anne is a Very Private Person
If privacy was a person, then it may be Mary Anne Barlow. She is very private about her personal life, and despite having over 40k followers on Instagram, she will only let you know what she wants you to know. Mary Anne is believed to be married; however, we don’t have details about who her spouse is and when they got married.
She Welcomed Her Daughter in 2022
Mary Anne Barlow got pregnant sometime in 2021, and on 27th November, she shared the first picture with her baby bump. She took her baby bump pictures alongside some of her friends and colleagues. On 31st March, Mary shared photos of her baby’s legs, but she is yet to reveal her child’s face and her date of birth. However, she has revealed that the baby is a girl.