Jeannie D

Jeannie D, born Jeannie de Gouveia,  is a South African television personality and radio DJ who is perhaps best known for her role as the presenter of SABC 3’s Lifestyle Magazine Travel show, Top Billing. In 2015, along with Bonang Matheba and Bonnie Mbuli, she began hosting a SABC 3 talk show, Afternoon Express, which replaced 3 Talk.

Born Jeannie de Gouveia
April 13, 1982
South Africa
Known As Jeannie D
Education RAU
Occupation TV Personality
Radio DJ
Since 2000 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Jeannie D is a South African television personality and radio DJ who was  born Jeannie de Gouveia in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

She went to Colin Mann Primary School in Germiston, Johannesburg.

At the age of 12, she auditioned at the The National School of the Arts.

Jeannie D later attended Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) where she studied BA Communications.

While there, she joined Rau Radio, a campus radio station.

In 2002 she was crowned Miss Rau. Having earned some experience on television and radio, Jeannie D relocated to Cape Town where she later joined Good Hope FM.

On Good Hope FM she started on the graveyard shift and newsreader before getting her own own show, The Jeannie D Show.

In 2006 Jeannie D left Good Hope FM to pursue a television career.

That year she appear on Mercenary for Justice, a Steven Seagal film which was shot in Cape Town, South Africa. In that film, Jeannie D was credited as  Jeannie de Gouveia and play a role of a bank teller.

She also took part on second season of SABC 2’s dance reality competition, Strictly Come Dancing as a celebrity dancer alongside professional dancer Anthony Krotz, the pair lasted for six weeks and the eventual winners in that season were Riaan Venter and Hayley Hammond.

She joined SABC 3’s long running lifestyle magazine show Top Billing, perhaps the only show that could be credited with wide reaching fame and success Jeannie D has enjoyed in recent years. It is Top Billing that’s see her travel the world and interview some of the biggest names in world entertainment including KwaZulu-Natal born Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel, actors Laurence Fishburne, Ving Rhames, Kevin Spacey, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, as well as shoemaker Jimmy Choo.

In 2008 Jeannie D joined Top Billing‘s sister show Top Travel along with fellow presenters Jo-Ann Strauss, Janez Vermeiren, Nico Panagio and  Michael Mol while all of them also remaining on Top Billing.

In 2012 she hosted the 6th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs)with Bridget Masinga and Terence Bridgett as Red Carpet host. Jeannie D was interview by Nicky Greenwall in a documentary series that preceded Screentime with Nicky Greenwall, The Close up. In 2015, along with Bonnie Mbuli and fellow Top Billing presenter Bonang Matheba, Jeannie D began hosting a SABC 3 talk show, Afternoon Express, which replaced 3 Talk.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Mercenary for Justice Bank Teller Feature Film
2006 Strictly Come Dancing Herself Dance Competition
2006 – to date Top Billing Herself Lifestyle Magazine
2008 – 2014 Top Travel Herself Travel Magazine
2012 6th SAFTAs Herself As Host, Awards Show
2015 Presenter Search on 3 Herself Judge
2015 – to date Afternoon Express Herself Co-host



Personal Life

Jeannie D was a in relationship with former model and businessman Jon Firth, they were later engaged and the relationship has since ended.

She was rumoured to be in a relationship with long time best friend Janez Vermeiren, however Janez was quoted by Channel24 saying “Never been together,”-“We knew each other from before Top Billing and we had a lot of fun when the public thought we were together.”

Jeannie D is reportedly in a relationship with Brennan Wright.



Alleged Feud with Bonang Matheba

Reports emerged alleging that the introduction of Bonang Matheba on Top Billing was a source of conflict behind the scenes of the Tswelopele Productions flagship production.

The reports claimed that since Bonang joined the show, she has become the center of attention and gets all the best trips and a lot of comparisons were drawn including their endorsement deals and market share.

There is no known dispute of these reports from Jeannie D’s people, however Sylvester Chauke, Bonang‘s manager, was quoted saying “They are good friends. If you check on Instagram they always compliment each other. “They never work together, they shoot separately, but they are actually good friends. “We find this rumour grossly misleading and completely misjudging.”