|Born||(1981-12-02) 2 December 1981
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Known for||Naevia in Spartacus, Mazikeen in Lucifer|
|Spouse(s)||Chris Payne Gilbert (m. 2015)|
Lesley-Ann Brandt (born 2 December 1981) is a South African-born actress (of Cape Coloured descent) who is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and Los Angeles, United States. Brandt has acted in a number of New Zealand television series and first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Since January 2016, she plays the role of Maze (Mazikeen) on the FOX television series Lucifer.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Brandt is of East Indian, German, Dutch and Spanish descent. She is a fluent Afrikaans speaker and lists yoga, hockey and baseball amongst her interests. In South Africa, she played competitive field hockey.
In 1999, Brandt emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, with her parents and her younger brother. Brandt started work in retail sales in Auckland before securing work as an information technology recruitment consultant. She also worked as a promo-girl for Red Bull. Following some modelling work she was cast in a number of New Zealand television advertisements. She studied acting and was trained in the Meisner technique in 2008.
Brandt’s first significant acting role was in the New Zealand television series Diplomatic Immunity. As well as her lead role in Diplomatic Immunity, Brandt has appeared in guest roles on the New Zealand hospital based soap opera series Shortland Street and This Is Not My Life, a science fiction series set in the 2020s in the fictional town of Waimoana.
She originally auditioned for the role of Sura in Spartacus: Blood and Sand but the casting director suggested to audition for the role of Naevia instead. Her role as the slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand led to a part in the Spartacus prequel miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. and the New Zealand coming-of-age feature film The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell about the victim of a kart racing accident filmed in Howick, a suburb of East Auckland]. Brandt guest starred on the CSI: NY episodes “Smooth Criminal” and “Food for Thought”, but did not renew her contract for the second season of Spartacus (titled Spartacus: Vengeance) in 2011.
Brandt would not return as Naevia for season two of Spartacus after the hiatus during Andy Whitfield‘s passing due to production delays. Her manager, Steven Jensen, stated to TheWrap, “She’d like to go back, but they really haven’t gotten the number we’re looking for.” He said she would reconsider “if they step up”. STARZ had no comment.
Brandt was featured in the film InSight in which she plays a nurse called Valerie Khoury. In May 2010 Brandt guest starred on Legend of the Seeker, another Rob Tapert/Sam Raimi produced show which was filmed in New Zealand (2009). She appeared in the Season 2 season finale Episode 22 “Tears” in the role of Sister Thea. In 2011 she guest appeared in TNT’s Memphis Beat, which was soon followed by a lead role (she played Cassie) in Syfy‘s highest rated original feature for 2011 Zombie Apocalypse (film) starring opposite Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning, the feature film Drift starring opposite Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel and Duke starring CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo.
In 2013 she had a recurring role in the third season of the television series Single Ladies as Naomi Cox. In 2014 she guest starred as Larissa Diaz/Copperhead on Gotham, and appeared as the recurring character Lamia in The Librarians.
In 2015 she won the role of Maze in the FOX television series Lucifer, who was originally played by actress Lina Esco but was recast after the first table read. Brandt had reportedly tested for the role but was passed over for Esco, but was reconsidered after Esco was released.
Brandt is based in Los Angeles.
|2007||Shortland Street||Sonia||Episode: “16.178”|
|2009||Diplomatic Immunity||Leilani Fa’auigaese||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2010||Spartacus: Blood and Sand||Naevia||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2010||Legend of the Seeker||Sister Thea||Episode: “Tears”|
|2010||Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell, TheThe Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell||Sharon|
|2010||This Is Not My Life||WAI Field Reporter / Hine||Episode: “1.7”
|2011||Chuck||Fatima Tazi||Episode: “Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible“|
|2011||Spartacus: Gods of the Arena||Naevia||Main role, 6 episodes|
|2011||CSI: NY||Camille Jordanson||Episode: “Smooth Criminal”
Episode: “Food for Thought”
|2011||Memphis Beat||Adriana||Episode: “The Things We Carry“|
|2011||Zombie Apocalypse||Cassie||TV film|
|2012||Beautiful Soul, AA Beautiful Soul||Angela Barry|
|2014||The Librarians||Lamia||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2014||Single Ladies||Naomi Cox||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|2014||Gotham||Larissa Diaz/Copperhead||Episode: “Lovecraft”|
|2007||Battle Circus||“Love in a Fallout Shelter”||Lead Female||Anton Steel|
|2007||Nesian Mystik||“R.S.V.P.”||Lead Female||Luke Sharpe|