Soon on your TV set: Mau­rice Paige in a Cape drama

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ROBIN ADAMS

SOON a fa­mil­iar face will make an ap­pear­ance on one of South Africa’s fastest-grow­ing Afrikaans soaps, Suidooster.

Mau­rice Paige, fa­mous for his role in another pop­u­lar show, Isidingo, has traded the fic­ti­tious set­ting of Hori­zon Deep in Jo­han­nes­burg for that of Ruiter­bosch in Cape Town.

Ruiter­bosch, never short of drama, is ac­tu­ally the old Makro Build­ing in Mon­tague Gar­dens, now At­lantic Stu­dios where Suidooster is filmed.

Paige, who spent 11 years at Isidingo, will now play the role of Ty­ron Daniels, a char­ac­ter he de­scribes as “a bit of a hus­tler and a rough di­a­mond”.

“He is a good guy,” said Paige. “He had a dif­fi­cult child­hood as he was in the fos­ter care sys­tem but walked away when he was 16 to start do­ing his own thing. He is now a me­chanic and re­pairs cars in his back­yard.”

With­out giv­ing too much away, Paige said: “Life in Ruiter­bosch is go­ing to become quite in­ter­est­ing and there is a ma­jor rev­e­la­tion for him (Ty­ron Daniels) on the cards that will change his life for­ever.”

The 34-year-old Paige is orig­i­nally from the Cape. He said the de­ci­sion to move back to the mother city was a no-brainer.

“I didn’t think twice when the pro­duc­ers of Suidooster of­fered me a role. I was also ready for a new chal­lenge and it gave me an op­por­tu­nity to act in Afrikaans again, es­pe­cially in a soap that is so true to Cape Town and its peo­ple,” he told Week­end Ar­gus.

“It didn’t take long for me to ad­just at Suidooster as ev­ery­one at the pro­duc­tion is friendly and pro­fes­sional, but most im­por­tantly, we feel like a fam­ily.”

Suidooster man­ager of pub­lic­ity, Wilmer Muller, can barely con­tain his ex­cite­ment at se­cur­ing the ser­vices of Paige and said: “Mau­rice Paige is a leg­end in the South African tele­vi­sion in­dus­try and for him to join Suidooster as a per­ma­nent cast mem­ber is a big hon­our for us.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to in­tro­duce him to our view­ers, who will prob­a­bly re­joice in see­ing a TV icon like him in their favourite soapie.”

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