Lesley-Ann Brandt

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Lesley-Ann Brandt
Born (1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 39)
Cape Town, South Africa
Years active2007–present
Known forNaevia in Spartacus , Mazikeen in Lucifer
(m. after 2015)
Website www.lesley-annbrandt.com

Lesley-Ann Brandt (born 2 December 1981) is a South African actress. Brandt has acted in a number of New Zealand television series and first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand . Since January 2016, she has played the role of Maze (Mazikeen) on the television series Lucifer.


Early life

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Brandt is Cape Coloured of Indian, German, Dutch, and Spanish descent. [1] [2] She is a fluent Afrikaans speaker [3] and lists yoga, hockey, and baseball among her interests. [4] In South Africa, she played competitive field hockey. [5]

In 1999, Brandt immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, with her parents and her younger brother Brian Brandt. Brandt started work in retail sales in Auckland [6] before securing work as an information technology recruitment consultant. [5] [7] Following some modelling work, she was cast in a number of New Zealand television advertisements. [8] She studied acting and was trained in the Meisner technique in 2008. [4]


Brandt's first significant acting role was in the New Zealand television series Diplomatic Immunity . Brandt has appeared in guest roles on the New Zealand hospital soap opera, Shortland Street , and This Is Not My Life , a science fiction series set in the 2020s in the fictional town of Waimoana. [9]

Brandt had a role as slave girl Naevia in the first season Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the prequel miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena . She originally auditioned for the role of Sura but the casting director suggested she audition for the role of Naevia instead. [4] Brandt did not return for the subsequent seasons of Spartacus due to production delays following the death of Andy Whitfield. [10] Her manager Steven Jensen stated to TheWrap, "She'd like to go back, but they really haven't gotten the number we're looking for." He said she would reconsider "if they step up". STARZ had no comment. Cynthia Addai-Robinson ultimately replaced Brandt as Naevia. [11] Brandt had a role in the New Zealand coming-of-age feature film The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell. The film, about the victim of a kart racing accident, was filmed in Howick, a suburb of East Auckland. [7] [12]

Brandt guest starred in the CSI: NY episodes "Smooth Criminal" and "Food for Thought". Brandt was featured in the film InSight in which she plays nurse Valerie Khoury. In May 2010, Brandt guest starred on Legend of the Seeker , another Rob Tapert/Sam Raimi production filmed in New Zealand. She appeared in the Season 2 season finale "Tears" in the role of Sister Thea. [4] In 2011, she guest appeared in TNT's Memphis Beat , which was followed by a lead role as Cassie in Syfy's highest rated original feature for 2011, Zombie Apocalypse , which also starred Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning. She appeared in the feature film Drift with Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel, and Duke starring CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo.

In 2013, she had a recurring role in the third season of Single Ladies as Naomi Cox. [13] In 2014, she guest starred as Larissa Diaz/Copperhead on Gotham , [14] and appeared as the recurring character Lamia in The Librarians . [15] In 2015, she won the role of Maze in the FOX television series Lucifer . She replaced actress Lina Esco who was released after the first table read. Brandt had reportedly tested for the role and was reconsidered after Esco was released. [16]

Brandt is based in Los Angeles. [17]

Personal life

Brandt married her boyfriend of six years, actor Chris Payne Gilbert, in 2015. [18] The couple's first child, son Kingston Payne Brandt-Gilbert, was born in July 2017. [19]


Brandt at the 2017 WonderCon, to promote Lucifer. Lesley-Ann Brandt by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Brandt at the 2017 WonderCon, to promote Lucifer.


2010The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza SnellSharon
2011 InSight Valerie Khoury
2012 A Beautiful Soul Angela Barry
2013 Drift Lani
2019 Heartlock Tara Sharpe


2009 Diplomatic Immunity Leilani Fa'auigaese13 episodes
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Naevia11 episodes
2010 Legend of the Seeker Sister TheaEpisode: "Tears"
2010 This Is Not My Life Hine / WAI Field Reporter2 episodes
2011 Chuck Fatima TaziEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible"
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Naevia6 episodes
2011 CSI: NY Camille Jordanson2 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat AdrianaEpisode: "The Things We Carry"
2011 Zombie Apocalypse CassieTelevision film
2014 Being Mary Jane Tamiko RobertsEpisode: "Girls Night In"
2014 Killer Women Amber FlynnEpisode: "In and Out"
2014 Single Ladies Naomi Cox11 episodes
2014 Gotham Larissa Diaz/Copperhead Episode: "Lovecraft"
2014 The Librarians Lamia5 episodes
2016–present Lucifer Mazikeen
Main Cast (Season 1–present)
Lilith (Season 5, Episode 4 only)

Music videos

2007 Battle Circus "Love in a Fallout Shelter" [20] Lead FemaleAnton Steel
2007 Nesian Mystik "R.S.V.P." [20] Lead FemaleLuke Sharpe


Nov. 5, 2019That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse [21]
July 15, 2019LipRoll [22]
July 11, 2019Out in Left Field with Dana Goldberg [23]
May 23, 2019Fan Wonderland [24]
2019Mama Said [25]
2019Build & Chill with The TVC [26]
January 22, 2016Down and Nerdy [27]

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