Born and raised in Paarl, Merlin Balie studied Drama at the University of Stellenbosch. Merlin then went on to make a name for himself in the Theatre Industry and has done productions such as Kanna hy ko huistoe,Vatmaar, directed by Janice Honeyman, Bungee Writing Finals, Die Laaste Aand, Scribble, Straties and Oom Wanja which have been performed at the Baxter and arts festivals. Merlin played bad guy Werner in 7de Laan. His other soap experience includes: Rhythm City and Binnelanders. Merlin’s Tv-series experience includes Traffic,Shreds and dreams,Saints and sinners,Zibondiwe,Getroud met rugby and High Rollers. Films includes “A Boy Called Twist” (feature film), directed by Tim Green, More Than Just a Game (feature film), Baroudeur and Born to win to mention a few. Merlin has done numerous TV commercials such as Castrol, KFC, Nedbank, Hansa, Old Brown, Good Hope FM and many more. Merlin is widely known for his portrayal of ‘Elton’ in the Vodacom Player 23 ad campaign. This talented actor also did a lot of voice overs for well known brands such as Fish Aways, FNB, Private Property, Standard Bank and Pick and Pay.