Benike Palfi

Actress.

Sun-kissed actress. 

Namibian roots. African soul. Worldly dreamer.

I’m your damsel in distress who thinks her way out of a situation. Your fairytale princess who wears her heart on her sleeve but has a brain to match. Your undiscovered superhero.

Rita Hayworth meets Emma Stone.

Let’s create magic together.

Born and raised in sunny Namibia, a lonely desert-ridden country in the southwest of Africa, I’ve grown up with dreams that stretch far beyond the desert sands I call home.

I started acting at an early age – though I’d like to say I’ve always been a performer – and spent my school years on stage acting in popular plays, shorter works I had written myself, and also as a dancer and musician. Sadly, there is no film industry to speak of in my home country, though I’ve always been attracted to the medium of film and the intimacy of the camera.

Once I graduated high school, I spent some time travelling the world, and have spent extensive periods of time in Europe, the UK, and the USA, for work, leisure, and studies. All the time, though, I fell back to my first love of acting. I’ve been engaged in numerous acting courses in Cape Town at film schools, independent facilities, and the University of Cape Town, my alma mater, as a host on a talk show at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where I spent a semester on a scholarship, and through the most fascinating Meisner and Method classes in London. All the while, I’ve slowly been beginning to explore the world of commercials, film, and television.

And here we are today: I’m still predominantly based in Cape Town, but spend a fair amount of time traveling and living in other cities. I’m incredibly grateful to have made my passion my career, and I’m blessed for every film and television series I get to be a part of. I also still write and produce whenever I can.

On the non-acting side, I’m a very active social bunny. As an ex-gymnast, I love trying out new sporting activities, though I’m always drawn to old favourites – dancing, gymnastics, martial arts, swimming, yoga, and skating. I’m also very much a foodie and head up a successful food blog, where I share my passion and love for the culinary arts. I love adventure, I love learning, and I love living life to the fullest. All day. Every day.