Tanit Phoenix

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Tanit Phoenix
Tanit Phoenix.jpg
Phoenix in 2011
Born (1980-09-24) 24 September 1980 (age 38)
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
OccupationModel, actress, makeup artist
Years active2003–present
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Sharlto Copley (m. 2016)

Tanit Phoenix (born 24 September 1980)[2][3] is a South African fashion model,[4][5] actress, and makeup artist.[6] She is 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.[7]

Early life[edit]

Tanit Phoenix was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and is of Dutch and Irish descent.[8][9] She enrolled in ballet from the age of 5 and danced for 15 years.

Modelling career[edit]

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,[10] Visine, Schweppes, American Swiss Jewellery, Citroen C3, Nivea, Alberto VO5, Aria, Transition Lenses,[11] Volvic, Distractions lingerie campaign[12][13] and Veet television commercials and campaign which she held for 5 years.

Phoenix appeared in the European TV ad for Fa shower gel, skydiving. 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.[8][14] 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.[15][16] In 2011 Phoenix won "IGN's Sexiest woman of the year". She was the most popular girl ever photographed for Babeology by IGN.[17]

She has appeared on the cover of South African Cosmopolitan four times,[18] South African and American FHM numerous times,[19] Legacy,[20] Indwe, South African Marie Claire,[21] German and South African Shape and South African GQ magazines, and has frequently been shot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[22][23] In May 2014 Tanit Phoenix appeared on the cover for Maxim South Africa.[24][25][26][27]

Acting career[edit]

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".[28] In 2007 she filmed a role in Gallowwalkers, opposite Wesley Snipes. The film was not released until it went to video in 2013.[29] In 2008 she appeared in the thriller Kamasutra Nights aka Maya.[30]

In 2010, she starred in the horror film Lost Boys: The Thirst[31] and 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 starred in Death Race 2 and Death Race 3: Inferno alongside Luke Goss and Danny Trejo and reprised her role as Eve Wilson in Spud 2: The Madness Continues.[34]

Make-up artist career[edit]

In 2013 Phoenix took her first job as the key makeup artist and designer of the character Jimmy on the POV action film Hardcore Henry. Jimmy was played by her husband Sharlto Copley. She transformed him into 11 different characters.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Tanit Phoenix has been in a relationship with actor Sharlto Copley since January 2012.[36] They wed on the 15th of February 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa,[37][38] and announced their first child together on 1 January 2017.[39] Phoenix resides alternately in Cape Town and Los Angeles.[40] She is a vegan.[41][42][43]


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: Maya Alexandria Direct to Video
2009 The 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 Role (26 episodes)
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 Gallowwalkers Angel Video


  1. ^ "Tanit Phoenix". Ice Model Management. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Tanit Choice" Archived 2010-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. Tanit Phoenix web site, accessed May 7, 2011
  3. ^ Bio Archived 2011-03-20 at the Wayback Machine. at IGN
  4. ^ Profile at Ubuhle.com
  5. ^ a b Thenightlife.co.za Archived 2014-02-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Tanit Fart Phoenix". The New York Times.
  8. ^ a b Tanit Phoenix - Ask Men Archived 2010-06-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ YouTube.com.
  11. ^ Transitions Optical TV Ad - Nature Cinematographer on YouTube
  12. ^ [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvimFkBMP1w Distractions Lingerie TV Ad with Woolworths ] on YouTube
  13. ^ Tanit Phoenix - Commercials Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Tanit Phoenix Pictures - Maxim Girls
  15. ^ Am I Annoying.com
  16. ^ Am I Annoying.com
  17. ^ IGN
  18. ^ Tanit Phoenix Talks Sexy Role in 'Lost Boys: The Thirst'
  19. ^ "The FHM February 2011 issue" 27 December 2010, FHM
  20. ^ Flipflashpages.unflip.com
  22. ^ Tanit Phoenix, Jessica Roffey, Bar Refaeli old video on YouTube
  23. ^ Modeling section of official web site Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ Magzter.com
  25. ^ "Tanit Phoenix - Maxim May 2014 (5-2014) South Africa". Scanof.net. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  26. ^ Milan Jovicic (1999-02-22). "Tanit Phoenix At Maxim South Africa May 2014". Celebzz. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  27. ^ Tweet (2014-06-19). "South Africa's Tanit Phoenix | Hot Photos & Sexy Pics from". Maxim. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  28. ^ Profile Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. at Tanit Phoenix's web site
  29. ^ Best-horror-movies.com Best-horror-movies.com Archived 2013-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ Rotten Tomatoes
  31. ^ Tanit Phoenix on the Vamps of Lost Boys 3: The Thirst
  32. ^ Femme Fatales on IMDb
  33. ^ Hibberd, James (October 25, 2010). "Cinemax Casts Lead in 'Femme Fatales'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  34. ^ "Channel 24".
  35. ^ [3]
  36. ^ [4]
  37. ^ Tanit has changed her name to Tanit Phoenix Copley
  38. ^ [5]
  39. ^ [6]
  40. ^ Hombre1.com
  41. ^ Playboy.co.za Archived 2013-04-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  42. ^ "Mail & Guardian 200 young South Africans". Ysa2011.mg.co.za. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  43. ^ Men's Health (3 May 2012). "How To Date A Supermodel | Men's Health". Mh.co.za. Retrieved 23 August 2012.

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