Neels van Jaarsveld profile


Neels van Jaarsveld (born June 20) is a South African actor, director, and producer. He has appeared in many television, movie, and theatre productions.

One of his best-known roles is as Dr Gideon Basson in the Afrikaans soap opera Binnelanders.

Many television viewers are familiar with his role in the Klipdrift brandy commercial. He brings the characters in her plays back to life in any production.

Jaarsveld appeared in the KykNET’s law drama Fynskrif and has starred in many local television shows. He is famous for featuring in Backstage and Met Eish adverts.

Neels van Jaarsveld
Neels van Jaarsveld biography
Neels van Jaarsveld is an award-winning actor and director.
Quick Facts
Full Name:Neels van Jaarsveld
Born:June 20
Place of birth:Kuils River, Cape Town
Nationality:South African
Alma mater:University of Stellenbosch
Occupation:Actor, film director, producer
Net Worth:$700 000

Early Life

Neels van Jaarsveld was born on June 20 in Kuils River, Cape Town, South Africa. After his birth, his family relocated to the large City of Johannesburg.


Jaarsveld studied at Laerskool Aucklandpark and was the head boy. He matriculated at Hoërskool Linden, after spending a year at Paul Roos Gymnasium.

The actor obtained a BA in Drama at the University of Stellenbosch.


In his third year in school, Neels began to work with Vleis, Rys & Aartappels. Working with the theatre company owned by theatre director Marthinus Basson gained him exposure.

To date, the actor has played several guest and starring roles in TV drama series. He has appeared in series like Madam and Eve, Yizo, Yizo, SOS, and more.

Neels has appeared in many local television series like Hard Copy, Known Gods, Binnelanders, and On the Couch.

In 2005, he appeared in The Poseidon Adventure. He portrays Flippie in the SABC3 comedy series On the Couch.

Personal Life

Neels van Jaarsveld married Jeanne on April 29, 2017, in Witsand. He announced his divorce from his wife on Facebook. The actor participated in the reality show Op My Eish!

On the show, he sought his dream girl, and on July 8, the contestants had their first individual dates with him. His hobbies include surfing and playing golf. He enjoys a walk with his dog.

Net Worth

Neels van Jaarsveld has been in the entertainment industry with appearances in many productions. The iconic actor is a founding member of Tart ‘n Koggel Produksies.

According to Briefly, the actor has a net worth of $700,000 as of November 2022.


Television Roles

  • Alles Malan as Barend
  • Binnelanders as Dr. Gideon Basson 
  • Bloedbroers as Willem Pretorius
  • Die Byl as Ettiene Gilomee 
  • Die Spreeus as Knoetze 
  • Diepe Waters as Wim de Wet 
  • Dwaalster as Luan Fishy 
  • Fêshuns as Gerbrandt de Kok 
  • Fluiters as Dirk Els 
  • Fynskrif as Ben van Wyk
  • Getroud met Rugby: Die Sepie as Steyn 
  • Hard Copy as Rocky Coetzee 
  • Hotel as Neels 
  • Known Gods as Morné Liebenberg
  • On the Couch as Flippie
  • Projek Dina as Jeff 
  • Recipes for Love and Murder as John Robson
  • The Most Amazing Show as Guest 
  • Vloeksteen as Lud Swart
  • Waterfront as Jan du Toit
  • Yizo Yizo as Andre 


Neels van Jaarsveld has appeared in many productions. Some of his performances in his professional career on stage were in the;

  • De Familie Wagenaer
  • Skroothonde
  • Japes
  • Verkeer
  • Boks
  • Die Kaptein se Tier 
  • Al Dobberend
  • Balle
  • Die Goue Seun
  • Mamma Medea
  • Mooi Maria
  • Raaiselkind
  • The Crucible
  • Hamlet
  • Vieux Carré
  • The Homecomin
  • Spanner
  • Terre’Blanche
  • Sagmoedige Neelsie
  • Verkeer 
  • Altyd Jonker
  • Lot
  • Babbel
  • Betésda
  • Innie Rof