Jacques Blignaut, who played Vince Meintjies in 7de Laan, left the SABC 2 soapie after securing a role as Martin van Wyk on The Estate.
Jacques Blignaut starred as Vince Meintjies in SABC 2’s Afrikaans-medium soapie, 7de Laan, for the past 15 years. He stands as one of the longest-standing characters on the soapie, alongside Vanessa Meintjies and his wife, Aggie. Although the actor expressed interest in pursuing other roles more than eight years ago, he remained on the soapie until he was able to land a role that was completely different from the one he played on 7de Laan.
Speaking to local media in March 2021, Blignaut was quoted as saying, “I went for an audition, I wasn’t expecting to get cast. They asked for a few callbacks and they said they wanted me to join this new series. Now was the time, someone gave me a role and now I was ready, leaving 7de Laan at the right time.”
Blignaut currently stars as Martin van Wyk on SABC 3’s The Estate. van Wyk is a medical doctor that is dealing with his own personal challenges, which he has to deal with while providing care for his patients.