Lesley-Ann Brandt is an actress who came from South Africa before being based in New Zealand and then the United States. She rose to prominence when she played the character Naevia on Spartacus: Blood and Sand, but currently, she might be better-known for her role on Lucifer, which has a third season that can be expected to run for some time into 2018. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Lesley-Ann Brandt:
Born in Cape Town
Brandt was born in Cape Town. For those who are curious, this would be the city situated on the South African coast, which is not just the capital of its Western Cape province but also the legislative capital for the country as a whole because of the presence of Parliament. It is interesting to note that Cape Town has a reputation for being one of the most multicultural cities in the world because it serves as a starting point for both immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.
Has Been Mistaken for a Wide Range of Ethnicities
Over the course of her travels, Brandt has been mistaken for a wide range of ethnicities. For example, she has stated that she has been mistaken for Polynesian when she was in New Zealand. Furthermore, she has stated that she has been mistaken for both African American and Latin American when she is in the United States. This is because Brandt has a mix of heritages from East Indian, Dutch, German, and Spanish sources.
Trained in the Meisner Technique
In 2008, Brandt was trained in the Meisner technique, which is named for its creator Sanford Meisner. Some people have been known to confuse the Mesiner technique with method acting, which is perhaps unsurprising considering that both are further developments of Constantin Stanislavski’s earlier teachings. Regardless, the Meisner technique stresses behaving in an instinctual manner to the surroundings.
Debuted on Shortland Street
With that said, Brandt had gotten her acting debut on a New Zealand soap opera called Shortland Street in 2007. However, it was no more than a minor role, seeing as how she showed up for no more than a single episode. Instead, Brandt’s first role of significance came in 2009, which was when she was cast as one of the main characters on Diplomatic Immunity. That was the first time that she starred in the same TV show as Craig Parker, who has since become one of her closest friends.
Plays Mazikeen on Lucifer
Currently, a lot of people might recognize Brandt because of her role as Mazikeen on Lucifer, though some people might remember the character better as Maze instead. In said TV show, the character is a demon who chooses to follow the titular character out of hell, with the result that she ended up as his adjutant as well as the head bartender at his club on Earth. Since Season 2, Mazikeen has started striking out on her own, which is in a sense, reflective of the source material from the comic books.