Erika has the kind of professional versatility that the modern industry demands. While her beginnings as a fashion model required beauty, charisma, and resilience, it is her ambitious streak that has seen her transform seamlessly between the roles of television presenter, actor, recording artist, musical theatre performer, MC, Brand & Charity ambassador, and computer game character.
Erika has become one of Australia’s most popular personalities and in-demand performers. Last year alone she appeared in advertising campaigns for the Elysian Retreat in the Whitsunday’s, and for the new Bras N Things Smooth Sensation range, the largest in the brands history. On television she has presented on Channel 7’s Habitus House of the Year, celebrating the diverse, vibrant design and architecture of homes in the Indo-Pacific region. Erika will also soon be appearing on TEN’s Celebrity Name Game.
Her ability to evolve and excel in so many areas has guaranteed Erika an admirable longevity in show business. Her breakout role as a television presenter was as host of Body & Soul (CH9), followed by Hot House (CH10), and she was the original host of Australia’s Next Top Model. Erika was initially a winning contestant on It Takes Two (CH7), and then hosted the program the following year off the back of landing a recording deal with EMI Music Australia.
On stage Erika originated the role of Brooke Wyndham in the Australian national tour of Legally Blonde (2012). Erika’s portrayal of the exercise queen stole the show with a spectacular, acrobatic rope-skipping number alongside her fellow Boston Correctional Facility inmates. Her performance won her BWW’s Best Featured Actress in a Musical as well as a nomination for Best Supporting Actress In A Musical at the Helpmann Awards.
“Erika Heynatz’s fitness guru Brooke Wyndham leads the show-stealing jump roping routine ‘Whipped Into Shape.” - Australian Stage
“By the second act, all thoughts of being home will have been steamrolled by Erika Heynatz's glamazon spin on the rope-skipping murder suspect Brooke Wyndham." - SMH
Following her success in Legally Blonde, Erika was cast in the role of Magenta in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Showwhich toured the country in 2014. Erika played castle maid, Magenta, and The Usherette, opening and closing the show with Science Fiction/Double Feature, putting her own wicked spin on each of the nostalgic roles. The Rocky Horror Show was a huge success and was nominated for Best Musical at the 2014 Helpmann Awards.
In 2016 Erika was cast as Lina Lamont in the much-anticipated cast of Singin In The Rain. Packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour of the film, the production not only featured the classic songs, it recreated the movie’s choreography, complete with 12,000 litres of water for the unforgettable dance routine made famous by Gene Kelly.
Erika’s performance was widely acclaimed by the press as the highlight of the show. And if there was ever any doubt about her segue into musical theatre it was silenced with this production and yet another Helpmann nomination.
“Erika Heynatz as Lina Lamont makes the infamous role her own – bringing her own flair and nuanced delivery of Lamont’s unique voice to the show; she’s the funniest thing about it.” – Bec Caton, AussieTheatre
Making the leap from stage to small screen, Erika was cast in a guest role as Charlotte, the new villain in town, on one of Australia's most popular television shows, Channel 7’s Home and Away. The role gave Erika the joyful task of playing the series’ ‘uber bitch’ for several months, delighting audiences with her twisted, manipulative ways.
Then, after taking a bullet and plunging into a watery grave in the series’ finale, the network created their very first Home and Away app—a ‘whodunit’ game designed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats over the summer hiatus. Fans the world over were hooked.
Erika has also featured in Series 2 & 3 of the award winning SBS comedy The Family Law and in Rockstar Games’ much-lauded interactive detective story L.A. Noire which earned Erika a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the NAVGTR Awards.
It wasn’t long before the big screen beckoned and Erika played the female lead in Shane Abbess’ critically acclaimed feature film Gabriel, released worldwide by Sony pictures. She also had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in George Miller’s mega hit Mad Max: Fury Road as Tom Hardy’s wife.
Erika’s skill, ability and professionalism makes her a sought after and in demand spokesperson, MC and Brand Ambassador. She has attracted a diverse range of clients such as TAG Heuer, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jaguar, Deutche Bank, Audi, NIKE, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Panasonic, David Jones, and BMW Caulfield Cup.
With a long-held reputation of embodying the perfect balance of work, health and fitness, Erika features regularly in editorial content for print publications and is a favourite with the media in general.
For more information, please contact:
David Dalton | Senior Talent Manager
+61 417 516 818