Our 2014 National Book Week ambassador, Natalie Becker, is an award-winning international actress, presenter and voice-artist, winning a Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) for her portrayal of ‘Farah’ in ‘The World Unseen’ based on Shamim Sarif’s award-winning novel.
Natalie plays opposite John Malkovich as ‘Soraya’ in ‘Disgrace’, based on J. M Coetzee’s Booker Prize-winning novel, stars in ‘The Deal’ opposite William H. Macy and Meg Ryan and plays ‘Astarte’ in ‘Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior’ (Universal Pictures). Natalie plays ‘Ariad’ in the BBC film ‘Atlantis: Death of a World: Birth of a Legend’ and stars as ‘Jessica Kohl’ in the HBO series, Strike Back, currently airing internationally on Sky1, Cinemax, and locally on MNet. A correspondent for Top Billing Magazine show when in New York, Natalie is currently filming a new TV series ‘It’s Africa’s Time’ with Regency Foundation Networkx and the UN, around the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, presently being broadcast on CNBC Africa. Natalie’s hosted Television shows on all major SA channels including the conscious living show, ‘Free Spirit’ which won a Best Magazine Show SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) alongside hosting and producing Radio shows on GHFM and Heart FM, with some of the Western Cape’s highest listenership. University of Cape Town and Meridian Leadership Program graduate, Natalie is involved with social development, literacy and life skills projects and is an ambassador for the organization MOT (‘Courage’ in Norwegian ). Natalie was invited to attend Andrea Kerzner’s ‘Lalela Project’ Fundraiser in New York and completed the 2011 New York Marathon, raising funds for Elana Meyer’s JAG Foundation.
As a writer, Natalie was Lifestyle Editor for ‘The Deal’ magazine and wrote the ‘Tao of Nat’, an inspirational manifesto for learners. She regularly contributes features about Arhatic Yoga and Pranic Healing, a discipline she’s studied and practiced for 6 years now.