Tanit Phoenix

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Tanit Phoenix
Tanit Phoenix.jpg
Born (1980-09-24) 24 September 1980 (age 34)
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nationality South African
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 2003–present
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Partner(s) Sharlto Copley (2012-)

Tanit Phoenix (born 24 September 1980)[2][3] is a South African fashion model[4][5] and actress. She is best known for her swimwear and lingerie photo shoots after appearing in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2003 and in GQ magazine and FHM in the same year.[6]

Early life[edit]

Tanit Phoenix was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and is of Dutch descent.[7] She grew up speaking Afrikaans and was educated in English. She enrolled in ballet from the age of 5 and danced for 15 years.[8]



Phoenix began her career in Durban, South Africa at the age of 14, after being discovered by a modelling scout in her home town, Westville. [5] She has appeared in international TV commercials for Adidas, Coca-cola, Volvic water, Aqua-mineral,[9] Visine, Schweppes, American Swiss Jewellery, Citroen C3, Nivea, Alberto VO5, Aria, Transition Lenses,[10] Volvic, Distractions lingerie campaign[11][12] and Veet television commercials and campaign which she held for 5 years.

Phoenix appeared in the European TV ad for Fa shower gel, skydiving topless. She was then chosen to be a cover girl for German Maxim in 2004 after being named "Who's That Girl?" at the Woman of the Year German Maxim awards in 2003, and then appeared on the cover of American Maxim the year after.[7][13] She was ranked #5 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll of South African FHM readers in 2004, #6 in 2005, #10 in 2006, #40 in 2007.[14][15] In 2011 Phoenix won "IGN's Sexiest woman of the year". She was the most popular girl ever photographed for Babeology by IGN.[16]

She has appeared on the cover of South African Cosmopolitan four times,[17] South African and American FHM numerous times,[18] Legacy,[19] Indwe, South African Marie Claire,[20] German and South African Shape and South African GQ magazines, and has frequently been shot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[21][22] In May 2014 Tanit Phoenix appeared on the cover for Maxim South Africa.[23][24][25][26]


Phoenix began her acting career with a brief appearance as one of Jared Leto's girlfriends in the 2005 Lord of War, and the South African-Canadian mystery series Charlie Jade as Malachi's associate in the episode "Things Unseen".[27] In 2007 she filmed a role in Gallowwalker, opposite Wesley Snipes. The film was not released until it went to video in 2013.[28] In 2008 she appeared in the thriller Kamasutra Nights aka Maya.[29]

In 2010, she starred in the horror film Lost Boys: The Thirst[30] and the action film Death Race: Frankenstein Lives opposite Sean Bean, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo.[31] That year she also appeared in the comedy Spud opposite John Cleese.

In 2011, Phoenix appeared in the TV series Femme Fatales,[32] for Cinemax/HBO, where she is the narrator of the show and appears for a snippet of every episode.;[33] the series was renewed for a second season that aired in 2012. She also had a minor role in Safe House, and plays the sexy antagonist alongside Leon Schuster in the 2012 movie Mad Buddies.

Phoenix was seen in Death Race 3: Inferno alongside Danny Trejo and Luke Goss, released in January 2013 and reprises her role as Eve Wilson in Spud 2: The Madness Continues.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Phoenix resides alternately in Cape Town and Los Angeles.[35] She is vegan.[36][37][38] She has been in a relationship with actor Sharlto Copley since January 2012.[39]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Charlie Jade Malachi's associate #1 Episode: "Things Unseen"
2005 Crazy Monkey Presents Straught Outta Benoni Megan Alba
2005 Lord of War Candy
2008 Kamasutra Nights (originally titled Maya) Alexandria Video
2009 Philanthropist, TheThe Philanthropist Lap Dancer Episode: "San Diego"
2010 Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa Ettie
2010 Lost Boys: The Thirst Gwen Lieber Video
2010 Spud Mrs. Eve Wilson
2010 Death Race 2 Katrina Banks Video
2011-2012 Femme Fatales Lilith Lead character
2012 Safe House Hostess
2012 Mad Buddies Kelsey
2013 Death Race 3: Inferno Katrina Banks Video
2013 Spud 2: The Madness Continues Eve Wilson
2013 Gallowwalker Angel Video


  1. ^ "Tanit Phoenix". Ice Model Management. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tanit Choice" Tanit Phoenix web site, accessed May 7, 2011
  3. ^ Bio at IGN
  4. ^ Profile at Ubuhle.com
  5. ^ a b Thenightlife.co.za
  6. ^ "Tanit Phoenix". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ a b Tanit Phoenix - Ask Men
  8. ^ Morris, Clint (2011-09-09). "Body by Muay Thai - International Kickboxer". Kickboxermag.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  9. ^ YouTube.com. 
  10. ^ Transitions Optical TV Ad - Nature Cinematographer on YouTube
  11. ^ Distractions Lingerie TV Ad with Woolworths on YouTube
  12. ^ Tanit Phoenix - Commercials
  13. ^ Tanit Phoenix Pictures - Maxim Girls
  14. ^ Am I Annoying.com
  15. ^ Am I Annoying.com
  16. ^ IGN
  17. ^ Tanit Phoenix Talks Sexy Role in 'Lost Boys: The Thirst'
  18. ^ "The FHM February 2011 issue" 27 December 2010, FHM
  19. ^ Flipflashpages.unflip.com
  21. ^ Tanit Phoenix, Jessica Roffey, Bar Refaeli old video on YouTube
  22. ^ Modeling section of official web site
  23. ^ Magzter.com
  24. ^ "Tanit Phoenix - Maxim May 2014 (5-2014) South Africa". Scanof.net. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  25. ^ Milan Jovicic (1999-02-22). "Tanit Phoenix At Maxim South Africa May 2014". Celebzz. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  26. ^ Tweet (2014-06-19). "South Africa's Tanit Phoenix | Hot Photos & Sexy Pics from". Maxim. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  27. ^ Profile at Tanit Phoenix's web site
  28. ^ Best-horror-movies.com Best-horror-movies.com
  29. ^ Rotten Tomatoes
  30. ^ Tanit Phoenix on the Vamps of Lost Boys 3: The Thirst
  31. ^ Exclusive : Phoenix talks Transformers 3, Death Race 2, Lost Boys 3
  32. ^ Femme Fatales at the Internet Movie Database
  33. ^ Hibberd, James (October 25, 2010). "Cinemax Casts Lead in 'Femme Fatales'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Channel 24". 
  35. ^ Hombre1.com
  36. ^ Playboy.co.za
  37. ^ "Mail & Guardian 200 young South Africans". Ysa2011.mg.co.za. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  38. ^ Men's Health (2012-05-03). "How To Date A Supermodel | Men's Health". Mh.co.za. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  39. ^ [1]

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