Tanit Phoenix, The Sexy Actress And Super Model From South Africa

12/12/2011 07:17

A South African Super model and International actress by trade, and a thrill-seeker off-set, Tanit Phoenix has the looks to melt you in half and the enlightened, free-spirited mind to put you back together with a very big smile on your face. Tanit Phoenix was born September 24, 1984 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to a family of Irish and Dutch descent. Her father, a Quantum Mechanics lecturer and former skydiver, is a descendant of 19th century immigrants from Tullylish , Ireland. Growing up, Phoenix excelled at a variety of activities, including dance, athletics, and music. At an early age, she was enrolled in a ballet class at the behest of her mother; it lasted for 10 years.

Tanit studies Anthropology, Metaphysics, Quantum Physics, Quatum Mechanics and the Quantum mind, The science of Imagery, World Religion, has a passion for Natural Herbal medicines and Self sustainability, she has coined her Hypnotherapy/Guided meditation degree and is a qualified Reiki practitioner, giving her an intellectual depth that adds to her striking looks.

Recent discovery on Tanit's family history: her family (Phoenix) dates back to the early 1800's, where they originated from Ireland, Tullylish. Her Great Grandfather was also indoctrinated into the School of Masonry In Northern Ireland. The Phoenix family tree indicates a great number of natural healers and teachers. She is also descendant from a Mediterranean and dutch blood line.

Model career

Phoenix started her career at the age of 15 and has starred in (and is the face of) commercials for American Swiss Jewellery, Nivea, Alberto VO5, Multi-billion dollar Aria (Las Vegas), Transitions Lenses, Volvic and Veet. She worked as an International fashion model for Munich Models, Why Not Model Agency - Milan, Model Management - Hamburg, Ice Model Management - Cape Town and Success Models - Paris. In September 2005, 2006 and now in 2010, she was the cover girl of Cosmopolitan magazine. Tanit made quite a name for herself as a dare-devil after she starred in the European TV ad for Fa showergel, skydiving topless from the heavens. She was then chosen to be the cover girl in the German men's magazine Maxim and then the Cover girl for American Maxim the year after . Tanit has also been on the covers of men's magazine FHM and frequently been shot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Marie Claire magazine, Shape and GQ magazines.

Movie career

Tanit Phoenix began her acting career as Candy in Lord of War opposite Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto , and had her second role the Canadian mystery series Charlie Jade as Malachi's associate in the Episode Things Unseen, then the following year starred opposite Wesley Snipes in the horror film Gallowwalker. In 2010, she starred in the horror film Lost Boys: The Thirst and the sci-fi film Death Race: Frankenstein lives opposite Sean Bean, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo. Tanit has just completed filming the comedy Spud (the Film) opposite John Cleese in South Africa.

Modelling Achievements

Tanit Phoenix naturally caught the eye of the modeling agents, and at 15, she signed with ICE Model Management. From there, she sought out the necessary combination of print and commercial acting gigs to keep her work lively and suitably challenge her young mind. Her modeling career has taken her abroad where she resided in Paris, London, Germany, Amsterdam, Thailand, New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

The South African edition of FHM gave her further beauty dues by featuring her numerous times on its 100 Sexiest Women list. As a South African supermodel Tanit has been frequently shot for Sports Illustrated and has graced the covers of FHM, Cosmopolitan, Shape, GQ, Marie Claire and Maxim magazines worldwide. More than 20 of the commercials she has appeared in are international, and she has become an alluring presence in the process.

A Tanit Phoenix commercial career retrospective would likely include her Volvic commercial, in which she pole danced for a group of prehistoric men, her Aqua mineral Commercial playing a bad ass Nordic warrior, as well as a visually-stunning Transitions eyeglasses commercial that showed off the flora and fauna of her native South Africa. She recently booked the world wide Veet Campaign where she stunned the world baring her legs. She is also the face of the new tv commercial for the multi-billion dollar casino 'Aria' in Las Vegas.

Spotlight and Awards

Tanit Phoenix's most memorable commercial for the Fa line of shower gels, where the ad featured her skydiving down from the heavens and taking off her clothing in mid-flight. Eyes glued, tongues wagged and European commercials became sexy all over again A German Maxim cover with Phoenix in a barely there swimsuit soon followed. As a result, she was named 'Who's That Girl?' as part of the Woman of the Year Awards, courtesy of Maxim Europe. It was an awards ceremony that included other names like Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, and Cameron Diaz.

Inheriting her mother's talents in drama, Tanit Phoenix added to her repertoire in 2004 by joining the acting ranks. Her first role came in an episode of the TV series Charlie Jade , she was named Malachi's associate. Tanit Phoenix is close to international stardom, and has been duly rewarded with an award of the same name the 'Dangerously Close to International Stardom' Award, at the K Oscars, held in South Africa. Set out to achieve a name for herself, she has shot into fame and stardom and now has her eyes set on Hollywood.

Personal life

When her work schedule allows, Tanit travels to 3rd world countries where she lives with local tribes people in the jungle working with wild animals. Tanit Phoenix is very passionate about animals, and has become known as an animal activist. Her family farm organic medicinal plants. Tanit supports the South African Guide-Dogs Association, Save the Elephant Foundation & Touch a Monkey's Heart foundation.. Tanit means Goddess of Love in Phoenician. Recent discovery on Tanit Phoenix's family history: The family name, Phoenix, dates back to the early 1800s, where they originated from Ireland, Tullylish. She is also descendant from a Mediterranean and Dutch blood line.

It's well known that Tanit Phoenix has pursued academic studies in the science of Anthropology, Metaphysics, Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics, the Quantum Mind, the science of Imagery and World Religion over the past several years in between her busy work schedule.

A vivacious, vibrant, tenacious woman when it comes to her work, and an independent free thinker when it comes to her studies; Tanit's passion for natural herbal medicines and self-sustainable living signified a depth of character to the press that made her hard to pigeon hole. All this along with her Hypnotherapy and Guided meditation degree and being a qualified Reiki practitioner, has given her an intellectual depth that adds to her striking looks.

Phoenix also immersed herself in numerous extracurricular activities. She is an avid guitar player. A frequent visitor to Thailand, she mastered the art of fire spinning and trained in the explosive art of Muay Thai boxing. She is a dancer, her mother enrolled her in Ballet from the age of 5, where she excelled at dancing for 10 years. Her many talents, combined with a daredevil sense of adventure can be attributed to her rise to success beyond that of merely being an extraordinarily striking beauty.

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Acting Profile:

5 years screen actors studio
Private Coaching (Alletta Bezuidenhout and Tony Perris)
Voice Training (Alletta Bezuidenhout)

English and Afrikaans

English, American, French, South African, Russian/ European


  • Megan Alba in Crazy Monkey, directed by Trevor Clarence
  • Candy in “Lord of War” directed by Andrew Nicol.
  • Alexandria in “Maya” directed by Eric Manning
  • Angel in “Gallow walker” directed by Andrew Goth
  • Malachi’s associate in “Charlie Jade” episodes 15+16,
    Australian TV series, directed by Anton Bebe
  • Leads in 20 international/ 13 national commercials.

Special talents:
Ballet, yoga, swimming, kickboxing, muaytai, fire spinning,
tennis, horse riding, bungi jumping, play the guitar, have harness/
wire experience.


Year Film Credited as
Actress Role
2005 Lord of War Yes Candy
Crazy Monkey Presents Straight Outta Benoni Yes Megan Alba
2008 Maya Yes Alexandria
2010 Gallowwalker Yes Angel
Lost Boys: The Thirst Yes Gwen Lieber
Spud Yes Eve Wilson
Vauxhall Crossed Yes MI6 Officer Daisy Scarlett
2011 Death Race 2 Yes Katrina Banks
2012 Safehouse Yes  


Year Title
2008 Charlie Jade as Malachi's associate #1
2009 The Philanthropist as Lap Dancer
2011 Femme Fatales as Lilith


( Source : Wikipedia, tanitphoenix.co.za , alex-ram.com, samdb.co.za )