There is no doubt that being a cop in South
Africa is one of the most hazardous jobs in
the world. Vivian Bieldt has cut his teeth
in this environment, doing his training as
an elite SWAT policeman and becoming an
expert in forensic detection.
was born in Pretoria,
South Africa on 4 February 1967. His mother
spent four days in labour with him. On the
fifth day, he finally
was ready for the real world. Growing up in
the 'wild west' of Pretoria, he started
learning the skills that would stand him in
good stead later in life. His father also
served in the police force.
started his career as a crime-scene
investigator in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal.
dealing with daily crime scenes he used his
free time to advance his
wrestling/grappling sporting abilities with the SAPS
his movie debut in "Red Dust" (2004), where
he was approached by his head
commander to help on a movie set with the
search and excavation of a corpse - this
being one of his specialties
and they wanted the "real McCoy". He flew down
to the Cape province with his equipment.
Being his first experience on a movie set,
he was really thrown into the deep end. While
shooting, he met Phillip Henn and his sister
Jeanne Henn, who inspired him to pursue a
career in the entertainment industry.
He was called upon a few months later to
advise on a forensic scene in an Afrikaans
drama series, where he also ended up in
front of the cameras.
An actor and
close friend, Jacques Gombault, actually predicted that
become active in front of the cameras, even
took it very lightly. With Jacques as
his mentor and
tutor, various acting roles started to come
Still not taking a career in
the entertainment industry as a given fact,
Vivian then got nominated for the "Mr. South Africa"
competition, where he made the final eight,
even with the female presenter's flippant
remark that his achievements in the SAPS "is
irrelevant for the pageant". Her glib
statement that evening motivated him,
however, to further his career in acting.
then Vivian's acting career has taken off
and he has transformed what he has been
doing in the real world, onto the
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