Passionate about life
Even as a little girl Nadia always knew she wanted to work in the entertainment industry. Since her first time on stage, when she had to stand in for the lead rag doll during Laerskool Sangspeltjie’s annual play, Nadia knew the limelight was where she wanted to be. And no wonder, her dad is well-known opera singer and actor Rouel Beukes so Nadia grew up in the industry.
The industry kept calling and in her final year of her BA Marketing Communication degree at the University of Johannesburg, she and a hostel friend, Adele Viljoen, took part in a duet singing reality show called Zing! They made it to the top six and Nadia got her first job as continuity presenter on kykNET. Shortly after that she joined a a-capella group Cutt Glass. “As part of my honors I did an internship with kykNET and got exposed to the group. They were looking for a new member and I auditioned. Before I finished my my honors year, I joined them and sang on stages across South Africa,” says Nadia.
“I am a big fan of communication – whether the spoken language, music or art. To be able to deliver a message is one of mankind’s biggest gifts. Music is a universal language that can evoke emotion, heal and inspire. I love music and to be able to combine it with theatre is first prize.”
Fans love Nadia for her roles in the soap Getroud met Rugby, movies and theatre productions like Mooirivier, Ester and Liefling.
As co-host of Die Groot Ontbyt and presenter of Boer Soek ‘n Vrou, Tuine en Tossels and EkoNET, one thing is certain, Nadia is one busy lady. She has project after project and now even has a new book, Paaie van Hoop.
In the book Nadia takes readers along on the countless journeys she’s been on in her life and career. She shares her most intimate memories – both sad and happy – and tells it like it is. All roads aren’t necessarily happy, but they are all worth it in the end, especially when you reach your destination.
But it’s not all work and no play. The bubbly actress recently tied the knot with her businessman husband, David de Villiers and the two are more in love than ever.
“He is dependable, always has a plan and is my prince on a white horse. David has taught me to be proud of myself and to stand my ground.
“He is constantly reminding me to appreciate myself so other people can do the same. He has helped me put my past behind me and to take the lessons I’ve learnt to heart.
“David is a very brave, positive and hard working person and he motivates me to be brave as well, grab opportunities with both hands and give the adventures of life a chance,” Nadia gushes.
She says it’s an extra bonus that he is such a great cook. The couple love spending quality time together, relaxing at home, going out for dinner and going to the cinema and theatre.
Nadia recently moved to Brooklyn and is still unpacking boxes. “I have to confess, I underestimated Pretoria and I enjoy exploring my new home town,” Nadia laughs.
Family plays a big role in Nadia’s life. “Family to me is a sociable gathering around the dinner table, surrounded by the people I love most. To me, family is food for the soul.”
She and David try to spend as much time with friends and family as they can, especially for special occasions like Christmas. Nadia’ says her mum, Eureke is a wise woman who always keeps her positive and motivated.
“She always tells me to be a lady,” Nadia says. “She’s taught me to dream big, work hard and make my dreams a reality. She’s always motivated me to stay positive when things get rough – to keep my head above water and to keep swimming until you reach solid ground again.”
The best advice she’s received from her dad? “Always have integrity and remain true to yourself – in your work, life and relationships. Be thankful and appreciate everything you have and always give your best.
“My dad is someone who makes plans and he has taught me to always lift my head high and make the most of every situation,” Nadia says proudly.
So what’s next for Nadia? For now, apart from her role in Getroud met Rugby, she is focusing on her book. “I’ve been a part of a couple of music groups, maybe it’s time for me to get involved with another group or start my own solo project.
“Even today, when I do something I love, I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming,” says Nadia.
Here’s hoping we see a lot more of her.