Cleo Rinkwest

Acting Profile
Voice Profile
Location: Johannesburg
PRIMARY Language/s:
SECONDARY Language/s:
Basic Afrikaans
American (Standard), British (RP)
Height: 168cm
Eyes: Brown
Driver's Licence:
Additional Skills:
Martial arts (Budokon), dancing (ballroom, Latin American), singing (soprano)

Cleo Rinkwest born 26 August 1988 is a South African actress, writer, and producer.

Cleo’s first on-stage performance was at the age of 6 and despite a wardrobe malfunction, she continued to perform until the curtain was drawn. Looking back, she can see how that would be a defining moment and a foreshadowing of how she would endure and grow in her love for serving a story and the audience regardless of the obstacles she’d face.

Cleo began her formal performance training at the Ennerdale School of Dance at the age of 10. At the age of 16, she became the recipient of numerous regional and national ballroom and Latin American dance championship titles.

Upon completing her high school career, she took a gap year in the USA to travel, work as an au pair, and study part-time. She took a couple of short courses through the UCLA extension TV writers program. It was then that I discovered that she wanted to pursue storytelling full-time and was accepted into SCAD (Savannah School of Arts and Design, rated 25 schools in the world by the Hollywood Reporter). Due to funding issues, she was not able to attend.

Upon her return home to SA, she was discovered and introduced to Shakespeare by acclaimed veteran actress Dorothy Anne Gould under whom she continued her acting training and mentorship.

In 2012 Cleo was cast in Sophocles’ Antigone, in which she played the namesake of the play. Shortly after, she received a nomination for her role in As It Used To Be – a short film by French director Clement Gonzales that has been selected for 81 festivals and has won 37 awards worldwide.

She also appeared as the lead in the SAMA-nominated act, Mi Casa’s music video titled Heavenly Sent. In addition, Cleo has been graced with the opportunity of working with Samuel L Jackson, The Walking Dead's Callan McCauliff, Game of Throne's Charlotte Hope as well as Ralph Ziman, Cindy Lee, and Tracy Larcs to mention a few notable performers and directors.

At the age of 23, Cleo was the youngest writer to work on the BAFTA-nominated soap, The Wild, created by Rohan Dickson (Reyka, Desert Rose) who mentored her in the development of her voice as a writer. Her other writing credits include the SAFTA award-winning series Soul City, Zone 14, Isidingo, Ashes to Ashes, Inkaba, Zabalaza, and Keeping Score in which she portrayed gymnast, Jin Jai Kim. In 2021 Cleo completed story consulting and character development for All The Lost Girls, a thriller series for Netflix.

Cleo has just signed on as producer and lead actress for a feature film to be directed by Sarah Bletcher, and written by Cilla Lowe. Cleo is also a special needs mom and Down Syndrome Awareness Advocate.


VOICE Styles:
Calm, Sensual
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Voice Samples:

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