Actress and model Charlbi Dean dies aged 32

Charlbi Dean, South African actor and model, whose breakout role in Cannes winner Triangle Of Sadness, has died aged 32.

He passed away on Monday at a New York hospital from a sudden sudden illness, her representative said.

Dean also had a recurring role as the assassin Syonide in the DC Comics television series Black Lightning, which aired from 2018 to 2021.

She was born Charlbi Dean Kriek in Cape Town, where she also grew up.


Charlbi Dean at a phone call for the Triangle Of Sadness at Cannes (Doug Peters/PA)

Dean began modeling as a child, appearing frequently on catwalks and magazine covers in the decades that followed.

She survived a near-fatal car crash in 2009.

She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Spud, adapted from the popular South African novel about a boys’ boarding school starring Troye Sivan and John Cleese.

She reprized her role in the 2013 sequel.

In Triangle Of Sadness, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s first English-language film, Dean and Harris Dickinson play a pair of famous fashion models on a yacht for the super-rich that descends into chaos.

The film won the Palme D’Or at Cannes in May and opened in the US and most of Europe in October.

At the film festival before the film won, Dean told The Associated Press: “For me, I was like, I won. I went to Cannes with the film. Unbelievable. Anything is just a cherry on top at this point for me, you know? “

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