Very few actresses can say that they were asked to audition for one of the most watched television shows in the world. This week, after being asked to audition, Kim finally got a call-back to confirm that she would be added to the cast of the wildly popular US show, ‘The Flash’.
Kim will be playing ‘The Mechanic’, a genius engineer who designs devices for, ‘The Thinker’. The Thinker is a mad genius supervillain who believes he needs to fix humanity and as his right hand, The Mechanic will stop at nothing to help him implement his insane plan.
It should be noted that the girl from Belhar (Cape Town), did not get handed this opportunity on a silver platter. She has been through the grinder. She has done the commercials, the multiple auditions, been told that she did not get the part and struggled to get her foot in the door.
She first appeared on film at the age of 12, starring in the Italian feature film, Sarahsara. It was however only at the age of 18, after finishing high school, that Kim’s career started up again. She was a presenter on the kids entertainment programme Craz-E, after which she became a presenter on the SABC educational show, Take 5. She made her big South African breakthrough when she appeared on the popular soapie, Isidingo, where she played Lolly, the ‘troubled teen turned gutsy reporter’.
Kim has also appeared in various movies and other television shows, including the popular Pure Monate Show and Bunny Chow. Her talents extended towards the stage, where she was nominated for a Naledi award for her lead role in the theatre production, Popcorn.
In 2014, she was included in the cast of the US show, Dominion, a role that she was not asked to audition for. Like everyone else, she had to apply to audition and after 3 grueling auditioning sessions, she finally got the part. In the show, she plays Sergeant Noma Banks, a tough and powerful soldier who is secretly an angel. In order to prepare for the role, she had to do a lot of combat training and she also did her own stunts.
In the following year, she was cast in a major supporting role in the critically acclaimed US war drama, ‘Eye in the Sky’. She played the role of Lucy Galvez, a US drone pilot that is faced with having to follow orders that could have devastating consequences.
In her spare time, Kim loves to play golf and she even started her own golf clinic for women, which is called ‘Kim Engelbrecht’s Wander Women Ladies Golf Clinic’. She also enjoys ironing her own clothes.
The person she admires the most is her mom, Gwen, who taught and her three siblings that you ‘have to carry on, no matter what’. From a kid’s television presenter to an international television star, Kim definitely carried on and she does not plan on stopping anytime soon.