There was a stir in the hospital corridors on Afrikaans soapie Binnelanders that had everyone dropping their hand sanitiser the very same night President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown late March 2020 as the world sought more drastic measures to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus. Nurse Pippa had popped up, just escaping those worldwide travel bans. And she’s back with a mission: Pippa wants answers from Rian, her ex-husband who faked his death in 2016 after he tried to poison Binneland’s big boss At Koster to steal his position as hospital CEO. It was spectacular timing for actress Nadia Valvekens.
Ready, set go
Nadia enjoyed being back on the Binnelanders set for this storyline after her character left the show in May 2019 when Pippa moved to Australia with her new detective hubby Lieb Liebenberg.
“It felt like coming home and spending some time with the family,” she says. “Things were also different with a lot of new faces working on the production, but in the end, I loved coming back.”
For one thing, the actress is keen to see Pippa confront Rian.