Dawn Matthews full personal life history and career

Dawn Matthews is a 46-year-old South African-born and American actress. She is well known for playing the role of Shakira on Scandal! etv. She appeared in films such as Me You Madness, Egoli, Swop just to name a few.

Biography Profile

Image of Dawn Matthews who is famous known as Shakira Willems on Scandal etv.
Image of Dawn Matthews who is famous known as Shakira Willems on Scandal etv.

Full name: Dawn L Matthews
Gender: Female
Date of birth: 10 January 1976
Age: 46 years old
Place of birth: Karoo town, Oudtshoorn
Nationality: South African, American
Height: 1.65m (165cm)
Occupation: Actress, Writer
Years active: 1995 – present
Tv shows: Scandal, Song vir Katryn
Alma mater: University of Stellenbosch
Spouse: Charlie Sapadin
Social media
Instagram: @dlmmatthews
Twitter: @DawnLMatthews

Early life of Dawn Matthews

Dawn Matthews was born on 10 January 1976. She was born in a small Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, Western Cape province in South Africa. Her father abandoned her when she was still a baby. Growing up in Oudtshoorn town, Dawn never dreamt of becoming an actress but she was interested in dancing and playing piano.

Education of Dawn Matthews

Dawn studied drama at the University of Stellenbosch. She graduated in 1997 and her arts education has been of great aid in her career.

Acting career of Dawn Matthews

Image of Dawn Matthews with her daughter in real life.
Image of Dawn Matthews with her daughter in real life.

Upon graduation Dawn did stint at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre and she appeared in community productions in the area. She had her first television break in Afrikaans drama series Soutmansland. Between 2000 and 2005 Dawn appeared on Egoli then on Song vir Katryn.

In 2002 she completed and appeared on American horror movie Snake Island. She was also a co-presenter of the Afrikaans arts show Kunskafee on kykNET. In 2004 to 2006 she played the role of Constable Gillian Petersen on the SABC1 drama series Interrogation Room.

In 2007 she landed a role on one of South Africa’s most watched television drama series Scandal. Her role was to play Shakira Willems, the Entertainment Editor for the fortnightly celeb mag, in the e.tv soapie Scandal! Then in May 2009 she appeared on genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? [¹]

Films where Dawn Matthews appeared

Dawn appeared in several number of filmsm. This includes Snake Island a movie about stranded tourist on a dangerous Island. Here she portrayed Lisa. In 2005 she appeared on Racing Stripes as Reporter number 3 and in 2003 she played Candy on “The Company You Keep”.

In 2020 she appeared on an American series triller movie called NCIS as Dr Alice Jelani. Her other films include Me You Madness, Unidentified, Swop just to name a few. She was a writer of S.O.S television series and was an additional cast member on Playing God and The Immortals. [¹]

Personal life of Dawn Matthews

Dawn L Matthews with her husband Mr Charlie Sapadin
Image of Dawn L Matthews with her husband Mr Charlie Sapadin.

Dawn Matthews is married to an American writer-producer Charlie Sapadin who was the head writer at soapie Rhythm City. They got married in 2009 and has got one child. The couple lived in leafy Parkwood, Joburg in a 100 year-old house until they relocated to USA.

In recent Instagram posts she revealed that she now lives in Los Angeles, USA and “Left all behind for Los Angeles. So she has acquired an American Citizenship which is a dual citizenship since her Twitter is written American and South African. She acquired her American citizenship on 23 April 2019 and celebrated her one anniversary as an American the following year.

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In 2009 when she was invited to feature on Who Do You Think You Are? on Sabc2, she was hesitant as she was afraid it would expose how her father abandoned her as a baby. But her family convinced her otherwise and she participate on the show. This revealed that she has Indian heritage after tracing her ancestry back to six generations.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys watching movies, reading books and hanging out with friends.  [³]

Social media and Networth of Dawn Matthews

Dawn Matthews has got a Twitter account with 24 thousand followers and Instagram has 1200 followers. You can follow her on Instagram @dlmmatthews and Twitter @DawnLMatthews. Her Networth is not yet known but we will update you when its public.[]



Tv shows- Seasons- Characters

  • Amalia – Season 2 – Privaatspeurder
  • Egoli: Place of Gold – Season 9 to 10 – Paige
  • Interrogation Room – Season 1 to 2- Constable Gillian Peterse
  • Scandal! – Season 1 – Shakira Willems
  • Song vir Katryn – Season 1 to 2- Jackie
  • Soutmansland – Season 1 – Rebekka Cupido
  • The Comedy Central Roast – Season 1 – Herself
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (SA) – Season 1 – Herself


Film – year – Character

  • Snake Island – 2002 – Lisa
  • Racing Stripes- 2005 – Reporter #3
  • The Company You Keep- 2003 – Candy
  • Egoli: Place of Gold – 2001 – Paige
  • Soutmansland – 2000 – Rebecca
  • Home Affairs- 2005 – Antoinette
  • Red Dust – 2004- Reporter
  • Blue Valentine- 2005 – Herself
  • Swop – 2008 – Danielle
  • NCIS – 2020 – Dr Alice Jelani
  • Me You Madness – 2021- Hedge Funder 2

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