Daniella Pellegrini Biography

Daniella Pellegrini Biography

Daniella Pellegrini is a versatile South African TV presenter, producer, and dubbing artist.

Born
Daniella Pellegrini

25 September 1982

Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation(s) Actress, presenter, voice-over artist, producer
Years active 1998 – present

Early Life

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Daniella Pellegrini is the youngest of four children. Her journey into the entertainment industry began at Rivonia Primary School, where she participated in school plays. Later, she attended Eden College in Hyde Park. Throughout her schooling, Pellegrini excelled as a competitive gymnast and tumbler, representing her country on the international stage. She pursued a degree in communications at Rand Afrikaans University, majoring in Journalism, Human Movement Studies, and Communications.

Career

Gymnastics and Tumbling

Daniella Pellegrini’s journey in gymnastics and tumbling began at the tender age of three, marking the onset of a remarkable 16-year career. Recognizing her potential early on, she was selected to join the Advanced Development Program by the age of seven, a program designed to nurture future Olympic athletes. While initially training as an all-around artistic gymnast, Pellegrini’s innate talent for tumbling quickly emerged.

In 1992, at the pinnacle of her training, Pellegrini secured a spot at the prestigious 11th Tumbling & Trampoline World Championships/World Age group Games. Her participation was not only significant for her personal achievements but also symbolic in the context of South Africa’s sporting history. Amidst the backdrop of the Apartheid regime and global isolation, Pellegrini, alongside other talented athletes, broke barriers by representing South Africa on the international stage.

Her journey continued to be marked by remarkable achievements, including a bronze medal at the 1992 World Age Group Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Over the next decade, Pellegrini became a stalwart of the national tumbling team, earning South African National honors eight times. Her illustrious career saw her clinch an impressive tally of 56 medals and 15 trophies, culminating in the prestigious title of World Champion in her age group in 2001.

Pellegrini’s exceptional performance not only brought her personal acclaim but also earned her recognition beyond the sporting arena. In 2002, she received a university scholarship in acknowledgment of her outstanding achievements, further solidifying her legacy as a trailblazer in South African gymnastics.

Fitness

After an eight-year hiatus, Pellegrini returned to the world of sports in 2010 as a competitive fitness athlete. She achieved notable success, winning the FAME UK 2010 competition and the Fitness Britain Fitness Championship in the same year.

Broadcasting Career

TV

Daniella Pellegrini’s foray into television presenting commenced in 1999 when she embarked on her journey as a kids TV presenter on Craz-e, a program aired on e-TV. Her vibrant personality and natural charisma quickly propelled her into the limelight. In 2003, Pellegrini expanded her horizons by joining Vicious Delicious, a dynamic magazine show broadcast on DStv’s channel ‘GO’. This marked a significant milestone as she became part of the lineup for the country’s inaugural youth channel. During her tenure on Vicious Delicious, Pellegrini conducted captivating interviews with renowned DJs such as Paul van Dyke, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, and Tim Deluxe, along with iconic bands like Sepultura. Her adventurous spirit led her to undertake a myriad of thrilling activities, including bungee jumping over Victoria Falls, snorkeling off the coast of Mozambique, helicopter flipping, white water rafting in Zambia, stunt flying, jet boating, and drag racing, among others. She also covered notable events like an FHM swimsuit calendar shoot and an MTV party, showcasing her versatility as a presenter.

Radio

Simultaneously, Pellegrini made waves in the radio sphere. In 2002, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree and working at RAU Radio, she seized an opportunity to participate in an intensive radio DJing training program at 5FM Music, emerging as a standout candidate among 500 national entries. Her talent and passion for radio culminated in her securing the runner-up position in the highly competitive 94.7 Highveld Stereo Hot Jocks Competition later that year. Subsequently, Pellegrini ventured into co-hosting a radio show on Edgars Music Radio, followed by her selection as the anchor presenter on CNA Live in 2003. Her radio journey continued to flourish as she signed on with 94.7 Highveld Stereo in 2004. Even upon relocating to London in 2006, Pellegrini’s dedication to radio persisted, as evidenced by her involvement with the online station Radio SA.

Voice-over

Pellegrini’s multifaceted talents extend to the realm of voice acting. In 2002, she lent her voice to SABC 1, the public broadcast channel with the highest viewership figures at the time. Her vocal prowess has been enlisted for various projects, spanning TV promos, commercials, radio station IDs, corporate presentations for global brands, and animated characters. From Fox and National Geographic to Walt Disney and Nickelodeon, Pellegrini’s voice has left an indelible mark across a spectrum of esteemed platforms.

Acting and Producing

Parallel to her broadcasting endeavors, Pellegrini pursued a career in acting and producing. Her acting journey commenced in 1998 at the age of 16 when she secured her first professional role on Sasko Sam, a children’s educational fitness show aired on SABC. Subsequently, she immersed herself in various productions, encompassing music videos, corporate videos, and smaller film projects. In 2006, Pellegrini’s relocation to London served as a catalyst for her acting aspirations, prompting her to delve deeper into the craft by studying acting, accents, and comedy. Her portfolio boasts involvement in short films such as Strange Meeting and the feature Superman: Requiem. In 2010, Pellegrini transitioned into producing, marking a new chapter in her career trajectory. Notably, her debut as a producer, ‘Once Were’, exemplifies her creative prowess and commitment to exploring diverse artistic endeavors. Presently, Pellegrini remains actively engaged in various projects, with several productions in different stages of development.

Filmography

  • 2017: Broken Darkness (News Reporter)
  • 2012: Once Were (Angelina, Also Producer)
  • 2012: Fractured (Woman in coat)
  • 2012: Strange Meeting (Helen)
  • 2011: Superman: Requiem (TV News Reporter, Also Producer)
  • 2011: John Simon (Lucy Mounter, Also Associate Producer)
  • 2010: Intelligence (Lucy Davenport, Also Co-Producer)\

Tumbling Awards and Titles

  • 1st Place:
    • Club Champion: Gymnastics Unlimited (1992)
    • 10&Under: South African Championships (1992)
    • Winner: Sandton Junior Sports Woman of the Year (1993)
    • Wierda TTR Tumbling Club (1997)
    • Gym Masters (1998, 2000, 2001)
    • Female Tumbler of the Year: South African Gymnastics Federation (2000, 2001)
    • Women 17 & Over: South African Championships (2001)
    • 16th Tumbling and Trampoline World Championships – Odense, Denmark (2001)
  • 2nd Place:
    • 13-14yrs Age Group: South African National Championships (1996)
    • 15-17yrs Age Group: South African Championships (2000)
  • 3rd Place:
    • 10&Under: 11th Tumbling and Trampoline World Championships – Auckland, New Zealand (1992)
    • Open: International Test: South Africa vs. France – Mafikeng, RSA (2002)
  • 4th Place:
    • 15-17yrs Age Group: Indo-Pacific Games – Durban, South Africa (1997)
  • 5th Place:
    • 15-17yrs Age Group: 15th Tumbling and Trampoline World Age Group Games/Championships – Sun City, South Africa (1999)
  • 6th Place:
    • 15-17yrs Age Group: 13th World Age Group Games – Sydney, Australia (1998)
  • 9th Place:
    • 11-12yrs Age Group: 11th Tumbling and Trampoline World Age Group Games – Vila Do Conde, Portugal (1994)
  • By Invitation:
    • 7th All African Games – Opening Ceremony, South Africa (1999)
  • 16th Place:
    • 15-16yrs Age Group: 12th World Age Group Games – Kamloops, Canada (1996)

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