Lorcia Cooper

Lorcia Cooper is a South African dancer, dance teacher, choreographer and actress best known for her role as Charmaine in the e.tv soapie Backstage.

 Lorcia Erin
Born Lorcia Cooper
November 11, 1978
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Education North West Arts Council’s Dance Academy
 Occupation  Dancer
 Dance teacher
Since 2000 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Lorcia Cooper was born in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. She grew up there in the neighborhood of Tafelsig.

In an interview with City Press she said she was raised by her late grandmother in Cape Town, Tafelsig in Mitchell’s Plain.

Lorcia started dancing at the age of four when she entered Ballroom and Latin American dance competitions with her brother, and she took up classes of ballroom and Latin dancing, and sealed her destiny.

She won her first competition when she was five years old and won the titles of provincial champion in both dance disciplines. At eight years old she joined the Academy of Dance under the guidance of Debby Turner.

Later she became a student and a teacher at the North West Arts Council’s Dance Academy where she danced in various productions. At 19 Lorcia won the FNB Vita Best Female Dancer Award.

Lorcia represented South Africa in Berlin through her work in Faust, directed by Robin Orlyn. She was presenter of SABC2’s Travel Xplorer and played the lead role in the local feature film Hey Boy.

From January to March 2008 she was a judge on kykNET’s reality dance competition Dans! Dans! Dans!.

She was one of the judges – and the choreographer – of the M-Net reality talent competition High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa, from August to September, 2008.


In the year 2000 she joined the cast of then popular tv soapie, Backstage of Mfundi Vundla of Generations as Charmaine Jacobs. Who was a college student and a girlfriend of Shawn (Clint Brink) in the show. Backstage also stars Loyiso Mangena, Carmel Fisher, Katlego Danke, Baby Cele and Grace Mahlaba.

In 2009 was cast in a lead role on E TV’s soap opera, Scandal to portray Erin Martins the love interest of Tino Martins (Clint Brink), that stars Sello Maake ka-Ncube, Masasa Mbangeni, Brighton Ngoma and Mapaseka Koetle.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 – 2007  Backstage  Charmaine Jacobs  Soap Opera
 2008  Dans! Dans! Dans!.  Herself  Judge
 2008  High School Musical:Spotlight South Africa  Herself  Judge
2009 – 2014 Scandal Erin Soap Opera