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Jailoshini Naidoo

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Popular television and stage personality, Jailoshini Naidoo, has had a long and varied career as an actress, comedian and television presenter. Her experience, expertise and success on stage, television, film and radio has earned her recognition in both the business and local environment.

As an anchor Presenter on SABC2s Eastern Mosaic and a former MNET Presenter, Jailoshini has won a huge fan base through her charisma, grace, simplicity, her jovial personality and her ability to interact with all people with warmth and respect. She’s equally at ease on glamorous TV shoots travelling the world and interviewing celebrities or when going into the poorest, communities, offering assistance and creating awareness.

Jailoshini’s versatility and passion for the theatre saw her embrace and command the stage to become a popular and sought after actress and comedian. She has performed at major arenas all over the country, including The Market Theatre, Baxter Theatre, The Playhouse as well as the Grahamstown and Hilton Arts Festivals. Some of her most well known performances include lead roles in the multi award winning Kickstart Production’s ‘God of Carnage’ and ‘Jungle Book’, ‘Queens of Comedy’, ‘Jimbo’, ‘ The Coolie Odyssey’, ‘Curry on Laughing’ (she co-wrote this and other projects) and her one woman show ‘1949’ in which she played 38 characters. In 2010, she performed ‘At the Edge and other Cato Manor Stories’, again a one woman show where she played over 30 characters, this time as part of the Shared Histories Festival (India- South Africa)

Jailoshini was nominated twice for FNB Vita Awards, six times for Durban Theatre Awards and once for the Mercury Theatre Award, all in the category ‘Best Lead Actress”. She was also nominated for a Fools Award in 2009 for Best Actress and was runner up for the Mercury Durban Theatre Award’s ‘Most Popular Theatre Personality’. She recently won two awards at the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards in November 2011 for "Theatre Personality of the Year" and "Best Comedy performance by a Female". She also received a ‘Golden Peacock Award’ from the Indian Academy of South Africa for ‘Outstanding Talent and Contribution to the Arts’, particularly in the areas of Stage, Television and as a Comedian.

On the big screen, she acted in the British film, ‘The Eastern Bride’, the Italian film ‘Karol’ and popular British series ‘Strike Back 2’. She also works as a Voiceover Artist, lending her voice to many Radio Adverts and performing in Corporate Videos. She has played a variety of characters on Radio Dramas and worked as a Radio Newsreader in Oslo, Norway.

As one of Durban's most popular Stand Up Comedians her performances in Comedy Shows include ‘Comedy Fever 2010’ and ’Queens of Comedy’. She has performed Stand Up Comedy for many Private and Corporate functions including Standard Bank, SAB and Durban Chamber of Commerce and also the Prince of Dubai’s birthday party in the Seychelles

Jailoshini is a sought after MC/Compere who has compered many private functions from weddings to birthday parties as well as huge Corporate and Company events including , Emirates, ABSA, Eskom, Total National Awards, ZeeTV, Sanlam, Air Mauritius, ACSA (Airports Company SA), Old Mutual, Price Waterhouse Coopers, etc…

Jailoshini is now the presenter of the Weekend Liftoff which airs every Saturday from 7am-10am. It is packed with informative, educational, and most of all, entertaining programming that is sure to keep listeners glued to their radios and coming back for more week after week.

 

 

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