Erika Heynatz

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Erika Heynatz
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Born (1975-03-25) 25 March 1975 (age 40)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Occupation Singer, actress, model
Years active 2001–present
Musical career
Labels EMI Music

Erika Heynatz (born 25 March 1975, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) is an Australian model, actress, singer and television personality. She joined long-running Australian TV series Home and Away in June 2015, as villainous biology teacher Charlotte King.


Heynatz hosted the first two cycles of the Foxtel reality TV show Australia's Next Top Model[1] and the only season of the Ten Network's The Hot House. She demonstrated a commitment to a singing career by leaving her Australia's Next Top Model job, which went to Australian lads mag girl Jodhi Meares. Heynatz left Australia's Next Top Model to pursue her singing and her commitment to appear on the Seven Network's celebrity singing contest It Takes Two in 2006.[2] Paired with David Hobson as her tutor, she eventually won the contest.

In 2003, she starred in the television movie Mermaids,[3] and has since appeared in numerous other feature film roles. She also appeared as a guest star in the sci-fi series Farscape in the episodes "Terra Firma" and "Unrealized Reality". In 2007, Heynatz starred in the motion picture Gabriel.[4]

She has starred in an Olay commercial and was the co-host of the third series of It Takes Two.[5] Erika was a special guest judge during Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model where one of the episodes was filmed in Sydney.[6]

On 15 April 2008, Heynatz performed a cover of the Rosi Golan song "Slide"[7] on It Takes Two and impressed the critics with the performance.

Heynatz had a recording contract with EMI Music Australia. Her debut single "Kingdom" was released on 12 February 2010.[8] The video for the clip was filmed in the US. Heynatz's second single "Bullet" was released on 18 June 2010.[9] Her debut album, Sweeter Side, was released on 16 July 2010, which contains the singles "Kingdom" and "Bullet".[10]

Heynatz appears in Rockstar Games L.A. Noire, as Elsa Lichtmann, which is produced using advanced motion capture technology.[11] Although her character performs several 1940s-style songs in the game, synthpop singer Claudia Brücken performed those vocals.

In 2013, she appeared in the musical Legally Blonde as Brooke Windham. Also in 2014 she starred as the Usherette and Magenta in the Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

In 2015, it was announced that Heynatz had joined Seven Network soap opera Home and Away in a recurring role as school teacher Charlotte King. She first appeared on screen in June.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Her grandfather immigrated to Australia at the age of fourteen and a half from Denmark.[13][not in citation given] She is currently signed to Chic Management in Sydney.

Erika grew up in Moe (Newborough) and went to high school in Warragul at St. Pauls Grammar.

On 8 March 2007, she married long term partner Andrew Kingston.[14]


  1. ^ "Erica Heynatz". 
  2. ^ "Erika Heynatz goes commercial". The Age. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mermaids Spotted in Queensland Waters" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Erika Heynatz enjoys horror ride". The Daily Telegraph. 18 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "It Takes Two". 7 Perth. 
  6. ^ "America's Next Top Model: The Girls Who Go Down Under". 
  7. ^ Rosi Golan's song 'Slide' which she co-wrote with Jamie Hartman and Peter Gordeno was officially released as part of her debut record The Drifter and The Gyspy in November 2008.[citation needed]
  8. ^ "Kingdom – Single by Erika". iTunes (Australia). Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bullet – Single by Erika". iTunes (Australia). Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sweeter Side by Erika". iTunes (Australia). Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Climbing Out of the Uncanny Valley". 
  12. ^ "Sexy school teacher! Erika Heynatz films scenes for Home And Away wearing a colourful swimsuit on the sands of Summer Bay alongside co-star Alec Snow". The Daily Mail. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ Mornings with Bob Rogers, Radio 2CH, 09:38 ADST, 3 March 2010.
  14. ^ "Weddings, Babies and Life in General". 

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