Leah van Niekerk (born November 24, 1986) is a South African singer, dancer, model, presenter, and actress. Although she is multi-talented, acting brought her to the limelight.

The actress has appeared in many television shows. She is best known for starring as Elise de Bruin in the Afrikaans musical film As jy Sing.

Leah has also appeared in television series like Noot vir Noot as Guest Artist, Sterlopers as Nina Rossouw, and Suidooster as Doctor Smit. She dropped her first album, Wonderwerk, in 2015.

Leah van Niekerk
Leah van Niekerk biography
Leah van Niekerk is a celebrated South African actress.
Quick Facts
Full Name:Leani Ekermans
Other names:Leah van Niekerk
Born:November 24, 1986 (age 36 years old)
Place of Birth:Cape Town
Nationality:South African
Musical Theatre, Drama, and Dance
Alma mater:University of Stellenbosch
Waterfront Theatre School
Occupation:Singer, dancer, model, presenter, actress
First album:Wonderwerk
Spouse:Hennie van Niekerk

Early Life

Leah van Niekerk was born on November 24, 1986, in Cape Town, South Africa. Her parents named her Leani.


Leah studied Law at the University of Stellenbosch. Later, she studied Musical Theatre, Drama, and Dance at the Waterfront Theatre School.


The actress is a familiar face for appearing in many TV productions. She has many theatre credits like The Great Moscow Circus at The Grand Arena, Station 70, That ’80s Show, Face the Music, and ABBA – The Tribute. 

Leah has also worked as a presenter for many online channels. She was a presenter for in the UK and presented many shows for the now-defunct

Many artists like Jack Parow, Dewald Wasserfall, and Francois Louw featured her in their music videos. She has also done commercials for top brands like Veet, Freshpak Rooibos, LG, Axe Deodorant, Brand Power, and Oral B.

Leah entered the kykNET dating competition series Jy is My Liefling as a contestant in 2013. She landed her breakout role opposite Bobby van Jaarsveld in the musical film As Jy Sing in 2013.

In 2016, the actress bagged a recurring role in the kykNET musical drama series Sterlopers as Nina Rossouw. She became the host of the kykNET dating competition series Boer Soek ‘n Vrou in 2018. She took over from Minki Joubert for the show’s 11th season.

Singing aside, Leah has established a singing career for herself. She dropped her first album titled Wonderwerk in 2015. Subsequently, she released other albums like ‘N Song ‘N Dag and Kyk Na My. 

Personal Life

Leah van Niekerk married Hennie van Niekerk on November 30, 2013. Before tying the knot, the duo had been together for over five years. 

The couple met in school during their studies at Stellenbosch Cape Town. Her parents named her Leani Ekermans at birth. 

Social Profiles

The celebrated actress, presenter, and singer showcase her work on social media. She posts her personal life and her moments with family, friends, and loved ones on:


  • Boer soek ‘n Vrou as Host 
  • Noot vir Noot as Guest Artist
  • Sterlopers as Nina Rossouw
  • Suidooster as Doctor Smit