Mark Bayly

Presenter and MC - Cape Town
Mark Bayly


My TV credits include hosting: "Survivor: South Africa, Panama" & "Survivor: South Africa, Malaysia".

I then moved on to host a wildlife documentary on game capture and relocation titled:" Modern Migrations" I do a fair amount of radio commercials and TV show voice overs. My TV commercial resume is extensive and can be viewed on the IMDB website.

Mark Bayly is a South African television presenter best known for presenting the M-Net reality competition series Survivor South Africa, since 2006.

He lives in Seapoint, Cape Town, and is engaged to Gabi Christy, a past Springbok synchronised swimming champion who owns her own PR Agency.

Bayly is the son of Peter Bayly who owns Peter Bayly Wines in Groenfontein, Calitzdorp, on the famed Cape Wine Route.

Although he had previously starred in screen ads and landed small parts in three international movies, it was Survivor Panama that launched Mark Bayly’s career as a screen star, speaker, corporate video presenter and celebrity MC. With Survivor Malaysia in the bag and the third series on the drawing board, Mark Bayly is hot property.

Mark is a businessman with experience in IT, marketing, tourism and running small hotels. Because of these experiences in the real world, he understands marketing and the bottom line, an unusual strength among most showbiz personalities.

Mark Bayly


He’s an outdoors kind of guy. Sports/hobbies include sailing, surf skiing and running up and down mountains. He has facilitated the past two “Mens Health look” challenge finals and he’s making a name as facilitator of survival of the fittest themed conferences and team building challenges. But he looks just as good in a tux as an MC for prestigious functions .

After school Mark visited Minnesota in the USA as a Rotary Exchange student. Upon his return to South Africa he studied Law at the University of Cape Town, “but I soon realised that I didn’t want to be a lawyer when I saw that it wasn’t going to be like L.A. Law!”

Instead Mark graduated with a BA degree, majoring in English, and he started his career working in several restaurants and managing a hotel in Bantry Bay.

When the travelling bug bit he took seven months off to see the world. He also took part in the demanding Cape To Rio yacht race with a friend.

For four years Mark turned his love for Cape Town into a career, when he and a friend started a business showcasing the beauty of the Cape to overseas visitors.

Eventually he was headhunted by his current employers, an Internet outsourcing company, where he looks after international VIP clients.

Mark had been with this company for two-and-a-half-years when he heard that M-Net was producing a South African series of Survivor and auditioned to be on the show. He was offered the role of presenter instead.

Bayly has played bit parts in three movies shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa. His roles to date are:

- Minister (The Groomsmen, 2001)

- Pentagon security guard (The Global Effect, 2002)

- Senior Officer (Charlie, 2004)


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