Chantal Stanfield




Chantal Stanfield is a South African-born, all-round performer who has graced numerous stages, screens and studios around the world. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2005 with her BA Theatre and Performance Bilingual degree (Dean’s List) from UCT in 2005, majoring in English, Theatre and Drama. 

Stage… Her solo theatre work includes self-penned play From Koe’siestes To Kneidlach, directed by Megan Choritz, which enjoyed sold-out seasons at Theatre On The Square and The Baxter Theatre, and was a worthy first outing for her fledgling production company Kizara Kreative. Her solo cabaret Ladies First, directed by Natalia Da Rocha, enjoyed its premiere at the Darling Voorkamerfest. Chantal has headlined numerous cabaret and tribute shows including corporate shows in the Seychelles and London, and Turkish tours of tribute shows 80’s Mania and Queen, and Spanish tours of 80’s All Stars. Her dramatic turns included Mixed Metaphors and Six Characters In Search Of An Author, and musicals Rock Of Ages and Seussical. 

Screen… Chantal is perhaps best known for her television work. She was most recently seen on SABC2’s comedy Ak’siSpaza as bossy wannabe-manager ‘Jade’. A few of her other leading roles include LGBTQ+ character ‘Sasha Kuipers’ on popular Afrikaans soapie Binnelanders, her physio ‘Lindy Davids’ on Getroud Met Rugby, conniving ‘Dalene Phillips’ on Montana and her recurring role over the years on Sewende Laan of ‘Cecile Whittaker’. Film work includes South African feature film Farewell Ella Bella, and Kyknet films Die SkandaalDie Staat se BulGelukbringer and Hondelewe. The commercial front has seen her headline in adverts for Bob Martin SA, Budget Car Insurance and Miway.

Studio Chantal’s debut single “Walk It Off” and the follow-up “Nothing There” have both been warmly received and continue to be widely played on South African airwaves, across the African continent and further afield. Her new single “J’adore” released on the 28 Feb 2022. Her voiceover work covers various radio, dubbing and television advert work for the last decade and a half, from Vodacom and Caltex to MAQ and SABC social initiatives. Recent voicework includes Afrikaans dubbing of various Turkish television series. 


1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?

There are probably quite a few noteworthy career moments but the ones I am most proud of are the solo projects. It’s the greatest sense of achievement I’ve experienced, knowing that something I’ve invested in, whether it was my own money or investor’s, my time, or idea, or energy. It’s knowing that I’ve realised this crazy dream. That’s what’s given me the most joy – my one-woman shows and cabarets, releasing music that I’ve written myself, continuing this creative dream.

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?

I think the biggest challenge is probably ‘imposter syndrome’ – feeling like I don’t know enough about something and so I don’t belong in the space I want to occupy. It’s a real challenge that so many people experience – especially as woman of colour from ‘The Flats’. The system never expected someone like me to have the drive or determination to be or achieve more, so I really have to fight the voices in my head, and the circumstances I come up against. I’m also always realising that the only way to really learn is to be IN it – everybody started off not knowing how to do something!

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?

“I don’t think I’ve made big contributions, in that grand ‘giving back’ sense necessarily. But I do make my small contributions here and there, whether it’s being a supporter of the LGBTQIA community or raising funds privately for certain causes. I don’t believe in being showy about giving back.”

4. Fun Facts:

“I did my latest one-woman show while actually pregnant – mad!”

Thank you for being you!

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