Thu Nov 27 11:07:28 SAST 2014

SA tv star goes nude

Mar 24, 2013 | BONGIWE SITHOLE |

SULTRY TV actress and soapie queen Louise Barnes will bare all in a new international television series - Black Sails.

MEATY ROLE: Actress Louise Barnes bares all in Black Sails. Picture by Bongani Mnguni

But local men will have to hold back their drooling for a while as the series will only hit our shores next year.

About going nude in front of the cameras, Barnes says: "When I auditioned for the series I had to be prepared to be totally naked on screen. I remember thinking to myself, 'Louise, take your clothes off' and there I was shooting a naked scene in front of six people."

Barnes goes nude in some of the scenes - currently being shot in Cape Town - of Black Sails, a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, which tells of the exploits of Captain Flint and his band of pirates in the 18th century.

She says her 20 years' experience as an actress helped her handle the challenges of playing Miranda Barlow, the mysterious character who forms a romantic relationship with Captain Flint (played by UK actor Toby Stephens).

Barnes says the project is a breakthrough for her as an actress. "I have been in international films before but this is a big one for me. The fact that I play a meaty role makes it thrilling.

"I feel incredibly blessed to be part of it."

The series is produced by Michael Bay, who directed the movie Transformers, and will be flighted on the US channel Starz. It will then probably be shipped to one of South Africa's pay TV channels.

Barnes (38), who was last week crowned Best Actress in a TV Soap at the South African Film and Television Awards for her role as Donna Harding in Scandal!, revealed that she has quit the e.tv drama series.

Her last episode will be on April 15. In her five years on Scandal!, Barnes played a ruthless and heartless woman who strove for success by stepping on people's toes.

"I took a hard decision, considering I had security there. But I have other things such as voice overs to keep me going," she says.

"I will absolutely miss the cast. We made friendships I will never forget."

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