Karin van der Laag

Karin Van der LaagKarin van der Laag was born in August 2nd, 1971. She a South African actress and casting director best known for her role as Maggie in the SABC 3 soap Isidingo.


Karin has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Drama and English from the University of Cape Town and a Performer’s Diploma in Speech and Drama.


She started her television acting career at 7 years old in the SABC Christmas production They Came from Afar. She appeared in numerous television dramas which include roles in Zero Tolerance, Going Up, Hard Copy, Justice for All, Sorted in South Africa, Natasha in Drie Susters 2 directed by Marthinus Basson and the Fortune Teller in the thriller Amazing Grace and The Three Investigators for the international market. She joined SABC1 soap Isidingo as Maggie in 2008. In 2015, she appeared on SABC1 drama series Skeem Saam as Agatha.


She appeared on The Story of an African Farm (2004), Drukkersbloed (2012) and Hoodlum & Son (2003).


Karin has performed with the likes of Tobie Cronje and Eddie Eksteen in Situation Comedy, My Boetie se Sussie se Ou and So waar as Vet.


She played Lilly and Miss Hannigan (understudy) in Annie, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, the Fairy Godmother in Sinderella and the witch in Bietses en Brousels as well as other roles in Boy Meets Boy and Scribble, the Musical.

Behind the Scene

Karin is a casting director for Endemol South Africa and has cast many television series and films including: Isidingo, Snitch, Mzansi, Zero Tolerance, Ready Steady Cook, Murmer and City S’esla.


Karin is an accomplished singer and pianist, receiving a distinction for Grade V Royal Schools Singing exam and a merit award for Grade 8 Royal Schools Piano.


In 2003 she was nominated for an Avanti Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Soap Opera. She won the FNB National Vita award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy role and was nominated for another FNB Vita Award for Most Outstanding Performance in Musical Theatre. She also won both the FNB Vita Award and the Fleur du Cap award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2008 Karin was nominated for the People Magazine’s Crystal Award for Best Actress in a Soap Opera. She won 2012 SAFTA Winner for Best Actress.