Nico was raised and schooled in Pretoria, South Africa and matriculated at Pretoria Boys High.
Spanning a period of 17 years to date, he has had the pleasure and privilege of working on various platforms of the entertainment industry, from theatre to soaps, TV series’, magazine and reality shows as well as feature films for the big screen.
His first ever stage performance was at the age of 12, as one of the princes in the PACT production of the King & I, alongside Joe Stewardson & Judy Paige at the Pretoria State Theatre. Nico was a cast member of shows such as Egoli & Generations, after which he was offered the lead role of George Kyriakis in 7de Laan. He spent 5 years there, honing his skills, and then decided to venture into the exciting world of freelance film and television work.
He spent the next few years exploring the industry and landing lead roles in various television series’, most notably the mini series ‘Ella”, ‘Vallei van Sluiers’, ‘Zone 14’ and Jason Parker in MNET’s ‘The Wild’.
In 2010 Nico was asked to be the host of Survivor South frica and he has hosted the last 3 seasons in Mocambique, Maldives and South China Sea. In 2014 he teamed up with Semi-Soet co-star Louw Venter, as lead actor in the Light & Dark Films feature ‘Konfetti’. This is a bilingual romantic comedy and the was shot on location in Cape Town and was released in February 2014. Also released in the same month, was the Comedy ‘Vrou Soek Boer’ in which he plays the romantic lead alongside Lika Berning (of ‘Liefling’ fame). The feature was shot on location in the small, farming town of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. In 2014, Season 5 of MNET’s Survivor SA was also flighted, with Nico as host for the 3rd time.
In 2015 he hosted KykNet’s ‘Afri-Visie’ – a national television song writing competition and he also Co-Produced MNET’s new reality show ‘Power Couple’. Nico decided to get involved on the producing side of the business and he procured the format for this brand new reality show which was conceptualised in Israel. Power Couple is a huge hit in Europe, Israel and South America and this will be the first English language version of the show which hits SA screens in September 2015. He partnered with friend and associate Handrie Basson from Afrikaans to produce the show for DSTV’s premium platform MNET.
Nico is the co-owner of an import / export and commodities trading business and he is the Chairman of Missing Children SA an NPO which works closely with the authorities to locate children that have gone missing. He is addicted to trail running and an avid mountain biker and surfer, as well as a coffee aficionado, lover of chocolate and drinker of fine red wine & Irish whiskey. Most importantly, he is a devoted Christian and husband – married to his soul mate Christi Panagio and has 2 gorgeous adopted daughters, Evah and Shay.