Antoinette Louw Biography
Vintage Acterss Antoinette Louw was born on May 9, 1975 in Pretoria,
South African. She is best known for her role as “Inge”, the manager of
the boutique in the popular South African soap opera 7de Laan. Her
parents, Dap Louw and Anet Louw, are professors in psychology and have
written psychology handbooks for South African universities together.
Her younger brother, Dap, is also a doctor in urology and an Iron man
Antoinette was raised in Potchefstroom, Vanderbijlpark and
Bloemfontein, and she also attended school in the United States of
America where as father did research and teaching at various
universities. In 1991, her family moved to Bloemfontein, and Antoinette
matriculated in 1993 at Sentraal Hoërskool, Bloemfontein. She studied
drama at the University of the Free State (UOFS) and received her degree
cum laude in 1996.
In her third year in the university, she tried her hand as producer
and director of the play, The Woman Who Cooked her Husband, a black
comedy by the British playwright Debbie Issit. The production was
invited to perform in London at the Courtyard Theatre. During her
studies she was also awarded the:
- André du Plessis award for best second year drama student
- South African Theatre Journal award for best third year drama student
- Elsa Krantz award for best drama student 1994-1996
- UOFS Merit Bursary for Arts and Culture
- UOFS Honorary Colours for Arts and Culture
She later returned to South Africa after a few months in London and
studied film acting at the South African School of Film and Dramatic
Arts (AFDA) under the direction of award winning playwright, Deon
Opperman. There she landed the lead in the M-Net shortfilm, Skidmarks.
She was awarded both the AFDA and M-Net Awards for Best Film Actress for
her role as Stacey, a second rate beauty queen.
After AFDA, she took a break from the entertainment industry for a
couple of years during which she lived in Malta, a small Mediterranean
island, for a year. Back in South Africa, she decided to go into acting
and writing and shortly after her arrival in Johannesburg, she landed
the role of “Inge van Schalkwyk” in 7de Laan. The original contract of
which was three weeks became two years.
However, after two years on the soap opera, she returned to the
stage. Recently she was seen at KKNK, Aardklop and the Volksblad Arts
Festival as ‘Anna’ in the upsetting Dis ek, Anna – the stage adaptation
of the book with the same title. Currently she is also in veteran film
maker Jan Scholtz’ first play, Afspraak, with Paul Eilers in the