"Meryl Danielle Cassie" (born April 2, 1984) is a South African-born actress and aspiring singer of African and German descent. She is best known for her portrayal of Ebony in the cult sci-fi series ''The Tribe''. She has also made guest appearances on ''Shortland Street'', ''Xena: Warrior Princess'', ''Revelations: The Initial Journey'' and ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'' and has sung the lead vocals on two albums inspired by ''The Tribe''.
Born in George, Cape Province, South Africa, she emigrated with her family to New Zealand in 1987, mainly due to apartheid. Ever since she was five she knew she wanted to act and at age nine she began doing theatre plays and taking workshops. Her first experience in front of the camera was the family show ''What Now''.
Meryl is the youngest of four children and already has two nieces and two nephews. She has two older sisters, one of them being NZ celebrity Megan Alatini who became famous through ''Popstars''. Her family is best known in New Zealand for their intricate hairstyles - all of the women wear braids and they own a chain of braiding salons.