South African actress and singer Shannon Esra born as Shannon Esrechowitz who won a Naledi Award for Best Performance by a Newcomer/Breakthrough (Female) in Dorothy Ann Gould’s theatre production Japes for her portrayal of Neets .
Esra had her first “taste” of acting at age 4, narrating a nursery school Purim concert. At the age of 16, she had her first professional acting in the film I Dreamed of Africa playing a character named Siri. She later studied Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand receiving her BA (Hons) Degree in 2003.
She also starred in the three-woman comedy Six Inches (2018) written and directed by Kristy Suttner as well as the cabaret Homebound in 2004. Esra starred in Bollywood with her portrayal of Stephanie in the film Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love by being one of the first caucasian actresses in a lead role. In 2005 she guest-starred alongside Eric Stoltz, playing his estranged and embittered ex-wife, in the Sci Fi Channel’s miniseries The Triangle. She also played the romantic lead Katie in Darrell Roodt’s film about rugby, Number 10.
Esra currently appears in Tim Greene’s multiple South African Film & Television Award winning newsroom drama Hard Copy, as Kim Smollen. Kim.