Diaan Lawrenson is a 45-year-old South African actress, lecturer, and producer born on April 6, 1978. She is married to Jody Abrahams, a South African actor.
Known for her versatility, Diaan has portrayed a variety of roles in films, TV series, and theatrical productions. She rose to prominence through her captivating performances in local productions such as 7de Laan, Semi-Soet, and Raaiselkind.
How Old is Diaan Lawrenson?
Diaan Lawrenson was born on April 6, 1978, in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng province, South Africa. She is a 45 year-old Caucasian. There is no information about her family background, upbringing, and relatives.
She was raised in her hometown and also completed her basic education levels in the region. Her passion for acting began at a young age. She was part of her school’s musical and play departments during elementary school.
She bagged a “Master of Fine Arts” degree in March 2023.
She Launched her Acting Career in 1989
Diaan Lawrenson began her acting career in 1989 in the theatre. After taking part in several theatrical productions, she enrolled at the renowned African Film Drama and Art School (AFDA) in Johannesburg to hone her acting skills.
She graduated in 2001 and landed a small TV role the following year in the series Egoli: Place of Gold. She had another minor role in the series Song Vir Katryn in 2003 after she played a supportive role in Backstage.
Lawrenson made her first film appearance in the film Stander. She earned her career breakthrough in 2008 when she joined the SABC 2 soapie 7DE Laan. She was among the actors that featured in Joshua Rous’s popular film, Semi-Soet.
Diaan played the role of Sarah in the 2015 film Mooirivier. The project was successful and also boosted her already-thriving career. The following year, she bagged the role of Meghan in the film, Table Manners.
She also took part in the blockbusters Raaiselkind and Susters in 2018, which were released in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Some of her recent works include the kykNET anthology series, Spoorloos, wherein she played the character Joey Steyn for its 3rd installment Steynhof and the Netflix drama “Ludik”.
The Soapie 7de Laan is Considered Diaan Lawrenson’s Most TV Succesful Project
Diaan’s most prominent TV work is 7de Laan. She portrayed the fictional character Paula van der Leque in the SABC 2 soapie. She joined the Tv series in 2008 and retired after eight years.
Sink, a film directed by AFDA alumnus Brett Michael Inne is yet another spectacular project under her belt. The project, which was released in 2015, received critical acclaim and also won several awards after its release.
Diaan Lawrenson’s Other Hustles
Besides acting, Lawrenson is a producer, writer, businesswoman, and lecturer. She was employed as a lecturer at AFDA in Cape Town in 2016. She was appointed as the dean of the campus in 2019.
Diaan also co-owns the media production company Jester Productions with her husband. The Johannebsurg-based production company ester focuses on developing, facilitating, and producing original works.
Diaan Lawrenson’s Movies and TV Shows
- Die Byl as Saskia du Toit
- Mooirivier as Sarah
- Song vir Katryn as stripper
- Bacstage as Mienkie
- Sink as Chantelle
- Spoorloos: Steynhof as Joey Steyn
- Tablemanners as Megan
- Jou Romeo as Juffrou Goosen
- 7de Laan as Paula van der Lecque
- Die Boekklub as Cecille
- Susters as Jo
- Semi-Soet as Chadrie Snyman
- Bullets Oor Bishop Lavis as Anel
- Egoli: Place of Gold as Merle
- Stander as Bank 3 Female Bank Teller
- Raaiselkind as Ingrid Dorfling
- Table Manners as Megan
She has produced the following works:
- Die Skatties (2017)
- Op en Af (2020)
- Hartloop (2015)
- Hilde se Hartsklanke (2016)
Diaan Lawrenson’s Theatrical Credits
- Dirk & Lindie (2008)
- Requiem (1998)
- Die Vals Snor (2007)
- Pleiboyz (2006)
- Rudely Stamped (1999 – 2000)
- Bullets over Bishop Lavis (2012 – 2014)
- Six Inches (2002 – 2003)
- Pendoring Eiendoms Beperk (2002)
- Closer (2001)
- Go It Maid! (2001)
- Vrydag is Skeidag (2010 – 2011)
- Theresa Se Droom (2000)
- Who Digs Who (2000)
- Under the fig tree (2009)
- So Waar As Vet (2005)
- Kysbriewe (2014)
- Roemers en Bloemers (2012 – 2013)
- Dubbel en Dwars (2004)
- Four Play (2003 – 2004)
- Magspel (2000)
- Dangerous Liasons (2000)
Diaan Lawrenson’s Awards and Nominations
- The YOU Spectacular Award for Best Actress (2010, 2013)
- ATKV Feather Award for the Best Actress (2009)
- AFDA Nomination: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writer
- SAFTA nomination: Best Actress
- Crystal nomination: Best Actress, Best Newcomer
- AFDA Award: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writer (1998 – 2001)
Diaan Lawrenson is Happily Married to Jody Abrahams
Diaan Lawrenson is happily married to Jody Abrahams, a talented actor. The two tied the knot in 2014 in the city of Johannesburg, precisely at the St. Martin’s-in-the-Veld Anglican Church in Rosebank.
The couple has been together for over eight years and counting. Diaan and her husband celebrated their 9th anniversary and it was so heartwarming. She stated that her marriage to her husband has been a ‘vibe’ from the day they tied the knot.
Neither Diaan nor her husband has publicly shared their love journey which is the reason no one knows where exactly they are and how long they dated before marriage.
The duo’s union is blessed with two lovely children named Olivia-Rose and Thomas. Their precious daughter, Olivia-Rose, was born on June 8, 2010.
Thomas’ birth details are not public knowledge. The siblings are being raised by their parents in Cape Town.
Diaan Lawrenson’s Husband, Jody Abrahams, is an Actor as Well
Actor Abrahams was born in 1974 in Cape Town. He was raised in the city by his grandparents. There is no information about his biological, family background, upbringing, and early life.
The schools he attended are also not public knowledge. Jody started his acting career without acquiring any formal education in the art. Since he started out, he has starred in a good number of films, theatrical productions, and TV series.
Diaan’s husband’s popularity skyrocketed after playing outstanding roles in the stage musicals Kat and the Kings the David Kramer (by Taliep Pietersen) and District Six – The Musical (by David Kramer).
His roles in these local projects also earned awards in the industry. Jody has also had roles in notable local series like Scandal, Soul City (season 10), and Arendsvlei. He is a director and voice artist as well.
He directed the short film Haartloop in 2015 and provided the voice of the character Guard in the work Seal Team.
Some of Jody Abrahams’ Movies and TV Shows
- Die Byl
- Hooten & the Lady
- Safe House