Local drama Still Breathing, screens in the popular M-Net 101 Thursday night slot at 20:00. This proudly South Africa series will push a totally different set of buttons: the ones of the heart. Love, friendship, complicated relationships, betrayal and long-kept secrets form the emotional crux of a tale about a circle of former friends who have drifted apart with the passage of time but are drawn together again when tragedy strikes. In short, it’s all about love, death – and the mess in-between.

What makes Still Breathing extra special, is that it showcases passionate local families in more ways than one – both on and off-screen! In the director’s chair is multiple SAFTA award winner Johnny Barbuzano (The River, The Gift, Isozo Connection). The script is the creation of Johnny’s wife, Golden Globe award-winning actress, and writer Tiffany Barbuzano, who also co-produces the series with her hubby, and is part of the cast. Tiffany also plays mom to their real-life offspring, up-and-coming stars Jamie and Jesse Barbuzano!

Still Breathing is produced by BBZ Films for M-Net.

Meet The Cast

Abi – Kate Liquorish

Abi is smart, fun, and quirky. She is a perfectionist and is always there to lend a helping or advisory hand to her friends and family.

Trent – Brendan Pollecutt

Trent is a loving and doting husband with a terrible secret. A sudden tragedy sends shockwaves through the friend group and Trent, not fully knowing who he is, is a chameleon that changes his colours according to who he’s with. He is the quintessential golden boy that does not want to upset anyone around him.

Jessica [Jess] – Tiffany Barbuzano

Jess is a super mom who seems to be able to do it all. She’s Abi’s number 1 supporter and will do anything to protect her sister. Jess has always been level-headed which has given everyone around her the impression that she has everything together, but a sudden loss and devastating news send her reeling.

Danny – Brandon Auret

Danny is the gentle giant of the group; friendly, reliable and an all-round good guy. He is a loving partner to Jess and dotes on his 3 children. He is incredibly loyal to his friends who are like family to him.

Candice – Shannon Esra

Candice is the supermodel of the group; beautiful, wealthy, and career driven woman. She has been Abi’s best friend since high school, but their relationship could be likened to that of sisters.

T-Boss – Siv Ngesi

T-Boss is the guiding light of the group; he’s always there and ready to assist whenever anyone needs him – no questions asked. He works as a doctor and grew up with 2 mothers in Bryanston. T-Boss’s life has not been an easy one. He is married to Noli and is a father to twin girls.

Lucille – Lorcia Cooper

Lucille is forthright and very loving; she would do absolutely anything to protect her friends or save them from any kind of pain/trauma. She is a champion of truth and justice no matter the cost. Her love for justice and equality are her strongest assets and greatest flaws.

Stephen – Ty Keogh

Stephen is the group’s resident bad boy; he was an IT genius with endless promise but is now an old man in a young man’s industry. He is the epitome of cool and has not changed since his youth.


Colin – Michael Richards

A warm, kind, slightly eccentric man who has a love not only for his family but for his bowls too. He will dance in the rain while sipping gin and tonics and is easily as comfortable in a room full of businessmen. He has been the only man in the household filled with women (Abi, Jessica and his wife Helen) for many years so he has a close bond with his son in law (Danny). He is now faced with looking after his rapidly ailing wife’s dementia but tries to remain as positive as possible. He is an old school gentleman but will defend his children and wife to death.


Tegan – Jane de Wet

Tegan is a rebel - young, vibrant and a bit of a lost cause according to her father, Oliver. A “laat lammetje” growing up in the golden glow of her brother, Trent. She has thrived in the shadow despite her father’s dismissive relationship. Her mother, Trish, is her greatest support.


Mrs. Jones – Dorothy Ann Gould

She is T-Boss’s adoptive mother. She is a typical Bryanston middle-aged woman who took the maid’s son in and raised him like her own. She loves T-Boss and regards Innocent as her best friend.


Innocent – Nandi Nyembe

Innocent is T-Boss’s biological mother and continues as a domestic worker in the house where her son grew up with two mothers; one white and one black. She adores her son. She remains best friends with Mrs Jones.


Noli – Fulu Mugovhani

Noli is a young, fun-loving woman who struggles with motherhood. She is married to T-Boss and unfortunately feels tied down in the marriage. Noli tries her best to be supportive but she doesn’t understand/can’t relate to her husband’s need to connect to his roots and find who he is. She feels like an outsider in T-Boss’s group of friends; the age gap doesn’t help, and as a result, she comes off as standoffish and finds it hard to find her feet with them.


Trish – Susan Danford

Trish is first and foremost a mother. She is a woman who has always done her “job”, a socialite who is the perfect wife. She throws the best dinners, wears the right clothes and is Oliver’s greatest achievement. Coming from a poor family in Rosettenville, she has always felt like she owed Oliver something for “saving her” something he often holds over her. She is a 'rags to riches' story. She is a good mother however as her own parents may not have had a lot of money, they did have an abundance of love.


Oliver – Sean Taylor

Oliver is an astute businessman and heavy-handed father figure to his children Trent and Tegan; he is the patriarch of the family. He is a man who worked hard in order to financially secure his place on top of Northcliff Hill, and now lives a life of luxury behind the high walls and electric fences. He is obsessed with keeping up appearances.


Helen – Michelle Maxwell

Abi and Jessica’s mother. Helen was a vivacious, still attractive, strong older woman. A woman who has always had the highest intelligence. A devourer of books, of poetry and a woman who thrived on her eccentric view of the world. Warm, kind and funny. She now has Lewy body dementia - a rapid onset form of dementia. She has moments of clarity which sometimes devastate her because she knows what’s happening to her.

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