Krijay Govender – Comedian MC is a South African actress and stand-up comedienne best known for her role as publisher Jenna, Strini Pillai’s former love interest, in SABC1’s soapie Generations.
She is also known for her role as Hemali, a legal aid attorney and Gita Moodliar’s older sister, in the SABC3 soapie Isidingo. Book through Speakers Inc
Govender is also a former Miss India SA (1994) and was runner-up in Miss India Worldwide (New York, USA 1996).
She won three of the four special awards: Most Talented, Miss Congeniality and Miss Beautiful Smile. Govender graduated with a BA Arts from the University of Natal in 1997. She majored in politics and drama, achieving a Masters degree for both.
In 1998 she took a Media Management & Arts Admin course, also at the University of Natal.
She began working as a stand-up comic in 1993, but first made an impression on the South African comedy circuit in 2001.
Krijay Govender- Comedian MC comedy career received a major boost when she performed a routine on the SABC2 women’s talk show Motswako: The Mix, and since then she has been a regular performer with the likes of Barry Hilton.
In 2001 she was cast as glamorous fashion designer Shereen in the e.tv soapie Backstage and the following year appeared as a roving reporter on the SABC2 Indian-themed magazine show Eastern Mosaic.
In December 2003, Govender hosted the Miss India Worldwide pageant for Sony Entertainment Television, with a worldwide viewership of 2-billion. In the same year she also hosted the Red Bull Box Cart Race, the MIH Long Service Awards and South Africa’s premiere advertising awards, the Loeries.
In 2004 her television acting career took off with a role as publisher Jenna in the SABC1 soapie Generations, South Africa’s most-watched television show.
She also landed supporting roles in the e.tv sitcom Fishy Feshuns and the SABC2 drama series Zero Tolerance II.
In the same year she was asked to audition for the SABC3 soapie Isidingo after Ilse van Hemert, the creative producer of Isidingo at the time, spotted her in the stage production Coolie Odyssey at the Grahamstown Festival of the Arts.
The role of legal aid attorney Hemali Moodliar was created for her on Isidingo. Follow on Twitter
She played the role for three seasons, after which she made recurring appearances. She has subsequently become a frequent director of Isidingo episodes.
In 2007 Govender was cast as neurotic perfectionist Layla in the SABC3 sitcom FONT, which premieres on 11 October.
Govender has also worked as a journalist for Independent Newspapers (three newspapers), the Independent on Saturday, the Daily News and the Post Weekend.
Her radio work includes Durban Youth Radio & Lotus FM (national).
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