Jacques Adriaanse is an actor, singer and songwriter and his credits include both South African and international work. His most recent work include Season 2 of Kings Of Jo’burg (Netflix), Hämmarskjöld (to be released cinematically end of 2023) by Danish director Per Fly with lead actor Mikael Persbrandt (Sex Education), Om en Om (KykNet) and his portrayal as Richard Cunningham McCormick in Radical Media’s Abraham Lincoln TV Mini Series with international award-winning producer Doris Kearns Goodwin, director Malcolm Venville and Emmy-nominated actor Graham Sibley. In 2021 Jacques made his debut in the Afrikaans TV industry in South Africa as the menacing Rex van Der Linde in the KykNet medical show ‘Binnelanders;. Jacques co-produces the short film "The Last Laughter Guru" in which he plays Ralph for the 2021 Los Angeles 48hr Film Project, this film receives three nominations and is selected for the "Best of Los Angeles" screening in Los Angeles. He releases his first EP in 2021 called “Freedom” which takes us on a journey through South Africa complete with different languages, genres and all the challenges associated with this diverse country. He makes his commercial debut in “#Werk” by Solidarity in 2018 and also stars as the lead in the Immersive Theatre Production ‘DEURnis ’20-voor-2’ drama, ‘Vier’, by Fiesta Award Winner Johann Smith at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, he also acts in the Political Cabaret ‘Gods of My Country’ at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, South Africa.
Jacques has been training with AMAW ever since 2019 when he attended an On-Camera-Intensive in Cape Town with coach Meridith McGeachie. In in 2021 he does AMAW Foundations and He joins AMAW Cape Town on an ongoing basis under the guidance of gifted coach, Natasha Mayet. He falls in love with this freeing approach to acting and completes his teacher’s training in 2022 while remaining in class continuously. He also works with Anthony Meindl in 2022 in his Cape Town Intensive. Jacques has directly seen the impact of the work in his career and continues to champion this way of working. He believes in finding the emotional truth and exploring deep connection in every scene, with the emphasis on having fun! Jacques was inspired to start teaching while still working as an actor as he loves helping people find their way into the work and also knows how rewarding the experience can be when we allow ourselves to be fully present in a scene and in life.
Jacques receives full-time training in South Africa from 2015-2018 at PALI (The Performing Arts Lifestyle Institute), as well as workshops Acting on Screen and Art of Acting Advanced. From 2019 he starts training with Bianca Amato for dialect and acting coaching. He constantly keeps himself occupied with further training in the performing arts and believes that being an eternal learner is what the life of an artist is all about, to continue living and learning and honing one’s craft.