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Hykie Berg

MC | Actor | survivor winner

Although he has portrayed many divisive and charming characters over the years fans were lucky enough to witness his true character in M-Net's hotly contested “SURVIVOR” Maldives Celebs vs. Plebs which he won in 2011, making him one of SA's most celebrated stars. His strategy was Mathew 10 v. 16, "Be as wise as a serpent and innocent and righteous as a dove." His strength, passion and determination to overcome his own difficulties made it possible for him to persevere and become the Ultimate Survivor.

Born and raised in Pretoria, Hykie matriculated in 1996, and completed a drama degree at the University of Stellenbosch. Having enjoyed the stage and the richness of Shakespeare, he received the PANSA Award for Harry Kalmer's stage production “Madiba Street”. He made his first television appearance in the youth series "The Res", written and produced by Franz Marx followed immediately by a starring role in the murder mystery drama "Plek van die Vleisvreters". In 2004 he won M-Net's award for best upcoming actor in South Africa. In 2005 he was nominated for a Crystal award for his longstanding role in “Egoli”. 2010 was a year of great celebration as he won the prestigious ATKV "Veertjie" award for best actor in South Africa. Hykie has achieved several boosts to his growing reputation. With his feature film debut; a starring role in the Afrikaans film, "Ouma se Slim Kind" they obtained two of the celebrated "Apollo" film awards, a KKNK Kanna for best Afrikaans film in 2007 as well as the "FAK" award for outstanding achievement. He spent a number of years exploring the world of freelance acting and was privileged to be offered numerous roles in productions such as “Jozi H”, “One way”, “Getroud met Rugby” as well as “Feast of the Uninvited”. He also left his mark in the popular soap drama “7de Laan” which contributed to his mounting popularity. In between acting shows he presented the game show “Om-i-Wereld” and also hosted the thirteen part documentary “Wie Le Waar”. In 2013 he featured in three highly successful big screen productions. He played the selfish and shrewd businessman Meyer in the highly applauded “Klein Karoo”, the quiet yet soft and sincere pastor Gerhard in “Lien se Lankstaan Skoene” and Tommy the BUCO kid of “Pretville”. In 2014 he was involved in the feature film “Forsaken” in which he played a supporting lead as the lost friend of co-star Gerhard Steyn regaining his absent faith in God.

Forthcoming attractions for 2015 are the big screen movies “Forsaken”, “Rowwe Diamante”, “Ek is Anna”, the latest romantic comedy “Mooirivier” as well as “Verskietende Ster” directed by the Oscar nominated, Darryl Roodt. It's a film that speaks directly of our resentments towards our God and the struggle of forgiveness towards others, even the ones we love the most. He will also be seen as Sergeant Vorster in John Irvin's big screen production “Mandela’s Gun” later in 2015. Hykie’s Saturday morning radio show on GROOTfm 90.5 was nominated for best community weekend show at the MTN Radio Awards 2014.

For the last 14 years he's been associated with those of the highest measure and influence in the South African culture of showbiz. He is a sought after Master of Ceremonies as well as a motivational speaker and has addressed thousands of people across South Africa regarding his approach towards life, love and taking responsibility.

His great passion lies in evangelizing and spreading the Word of God. He also works with people and families struggling with addictive and dysfunctional behavior and the hope which lies beyond the pain and destruction. He is currently a Director at the Guardian Project, an NPO that focuses on the rehabilitation of people suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism.

Hykie lives in the eastern parts of Pretoria with his wife Melissa Berg, their two chameleons, Illy and Margie and their son Rupert the bear Schnauzer. He loves his coffee, his chocolates and his motorbike. When he is not working you will find him riding, reading or writing. Hykie has just finished writing his first book titled “Hope for the broken ones” and will be available early November 2015.