Semi Soet Starring Nico Panagio
(09 Feb 2012)

Semi Soet

Semi Soet - Starring Nico Panagio & Louw Venter

Workaholic Jaci will go to any lengths to protect the boutique advertising agency she works for from being bought and dismantled by a ruthless businessman known as ‘The Jackal’. Hope exists in the form a huge contract for a prestigious wine farming family. But winning this contract won’t be simple. Jaci needs to convince the farm owner that she lives up to his company’s ideals of family values and commitment by proving that she is in a loving, long term relationship.

Desperate to appear to be living the balanced life she has long discarded, Jaci decides to hire a model to pretend to be her fake fiancé for the day.

At the pitch meeting the facade seems to have worked until the client insists her and her fake fiancé come away for the weekend to experience the wine farm before she pitches for the contract. Things start to get very complicated, very quickly for poor Jaci, especially since the man she has hired to be her stand-in-fiancé, is the very ‘Jackal’ himself who is trying to sink her company.


About Nico:

Nico Panagio (nikoh panah-jio) matriculated at Pretoria Boys High School and went on to do his National Service in the South African Navy. After his business studies he completed a drama course at the Method Actor's Training Centre.

He soon took to the screens, playing roles in various television productions from soaps like 7de Laan and Zone 14 to the Mnet mini series' Ella Blue and Kyknet's Vallei van Sluiers. His latest film productions are the Franz Marx film Susanna van Biljon released on the big screen in September 2010 in which he plays a lead role as the villain and most recently the latest Scramble Productions film, an Afrikaans romantic comedy ‘Semi-Soet’ (set for release in cinemas - February 2012) where he plays the lead alongside co-star Anel Alexander.

He has a great passion for theatre and has performed in numerous dramatic as well as comedic roles on stages around the country, from the Pretoria State theatre to the Artscape in Cape Town as well as many art festivals.

He joined SABC 3’s magazine show Top Billing, as a freelance presenter in 2007. Apart from the interesting content and exotic travel, this show has allowed him the pleasure of exploring his passion for the outdoors in various adventures from jumping out of airplanes to cliff climbing in Malta and swimming in shark infested waters. The show also provided him with opportunities to produce and direct some of his own inserts as well as write his own scripts. He has interviewed various international stars such as Kylie Minoque, Charlize Theron, Kelly Clarkson, Paris Hilton, Bryan Adams and many others.   

In November of 2009 Nico was asked to host the popular MNET reality series 'Survivor' (South Africa). He has hosted the last 2 seasons filmed on location in Mocambique and the Maldives both of which which earned him nominations for YOU Spectacular Best Presenter Awards in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

He is a seasoned master of ceremonies, hosting and guest-speaking at various events ranging from corporate launches and award's evenings to fashion shows, golf days, private occasions and spectacular events like the Miss SA Pageant etc. He performs as MC on a weekly basis and has also narrated with a backing orchestra at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, led by the esteemed conductor Victor Yampolsky.

Nico has been nominated for and received numerous awards amongst others the Peoples’ Choice nomination for Best Actor and awards for Best Dressed Presenter, Sexiest Man, Kids Choice Favourite Soap Star and One of GQ’s Best Dressed Men.

Of Greek descent, his full name is Nicolaos Panagiotopoulos (greek pronunciation : niko-lah-o panah-yo-toh-poo-loh) and although he carries it with pride, for practical reasons, as his public profile he uses the stage name Nico Panagio.

His passion for business led to the creation of the import/export company Trade Revolution (PTY) Ltd. where he is CEO and co-owner in partnership with   Thomas Houghton Dixon (of the Black and Orange group of companies).

Other than his corporate education and his training as actor, Nico completed various diverse courses including Paramedics, Body Guarding, Anti-Terrorism and Advanced Scuba Diving. He has a brown belt in Karate and has trained as a kick boxer as well as Thai boxer (Muay Thai). To keep in shape he likes to get outside. He is an avid mountain-biker and also enjoys surfing, hiking, horse-riding and playing golf.

After reading a book titled 'the Shack' about child abduction, he was emotionally moved and inspired to join Missing Children SA, an Anti -Human Trafficking, rapid-response, non-profit organisation that facillitates the authorities and victims when a child goes missing for any reason whatsoever. MCSA also endeavours to create public awareness in an effort to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place. He has been serving as Chairman of the Board since 2008.

He’s heart belongs to Jesus, he's had the awesome experience of delivering a new born baby, he plays the didgeridoo and the guitar (for his wife and good friends only!) and he is very happily married to the gorgeous girl he met in drama school back in ’98 - actress Christi Panagio.

More About Louw Venter:

Louw Venter is a South African actor, writer and comedian best known for playing Corne in the television comedy series The Most Amazing Show. 
Louw and his creative partner Rob van Vuuren, who plays Twakkie in the show, are also the show's creators and writers.
In film, he appeared in John Boorman’s In My Country with Juliette Binoche, opposite Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, in Crazy Monkey’s Straight Outta Benoni and in Bunny Chow and Rainbow Skellums.
Louw has gone through a myriad of professions including copywriter, graphic designer, illustrator and eventually actor and writer.
He was one of the celebrity contestants on M-Net's Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina, in 2010.

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