Ingrid Paulus and her husband
Ingrid and her husband Denzel have been on the SABC2 soap opera 7de Laan for over 20 years. She plays Vanessa Meintjies, and her husband portrays Sheldon.

Ingrid Paulus (born 15 October 1977) is a South African actress and television director. She is best known for playing Vanessa Meintjies in the SABC2 soap opera 7de Laan. 

The actress has appeared in many other films and television series. She played a role in Elke Skewe Pot 2 and the TV series Sterk Skemer. She was a celebrity dancer in the Strictly Come Dancing New Year Special on SABC2 in December 2008.

Ingrid Paulus
Ingrid Paulus biography
Ingrid Paulus is ready to move on from 7de Laan.
Background Information
Full name:Ingrid Paulus
Born:15 October 1977 (age 46 years old)
Place of birth:Uitenhage
Nationality:South African
Occupation:Actress, director
Years active:1999-date
Spouse:Denver Vraagom (m. 2005)
Children:Skye and Hannah Elizabeth

Early Life

Ingrid Paulus was born on 15 October 1977 in Uitenhage, a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Her parents, Emma and Norman Paulus, are her role models.


Paulus had her high school education in Pretoria. She wanted to become a lawyer, but the acting bug stung her. She has plans to study in children’s and drama therapy.


The actress has appeared in many films and television productions. She portrayed Speëltjie in the made-for-television movie Sterk Skemer in 1999.

Paulus appeared as Vanessa Meintjies in the SABC2 soap opera 7de Laan. She will say goodbye to the role after 23 years. She is the last original cast member of the long-running Afrikaans series.

The actress appeared alongside Grant Esterhuizen in the Strictly Come Dancing New Year Special on SABC2 on 31 December 2008.

Personal Life

Ingrid Paulus married fellow South African actor Denver Vraagom (51) in 2005. She is a mother of two daughters – Skye and Hannah Elizabeth. They welcomed the newest addition to their family in 2020.


  • 7de Laan as Vanessa Beukes
  • Elke Skewe Pot as Zonja
  • Sterk Skemer as Spieëltjie
  • Strictly Come Dancing New Year Special as Celebrity Dancer

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