South African Actorsby GopalaDavies | created - 19 Feb 2019 | updated - 19 Feb 2019 | Public
An updated list of South African actors
Producer | Monster
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...
Actor | Hard Target
Arnold Vosloo was born in Pretoria, South Africa, to stage actor parents, Johanna Petronella Vorster and Johannes J. Daniel Vosloo. He is an Afrikaaner (of mostly Dutch, as well as German, Swiss-German, Danish, and French, descent).
Vosloo quickly established a fine reputation as an actor in his ...
8. Alice Krige
Actress | Star Trek: First Contact
Alice Maud Krige was born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa where her father, Dr. Louis Krige, worked as a young physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she describes as a "very happy family", a family that also included two brothers (both of whom ...
11. Atandwa Kani
Actor | Black Panther
Atandwa Kani is a Naledi Award winning South African film and theatre actor. He is the son of celebrated South African actor and Tony Award winner John Kani. He made his international stage debut in The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company where he played Ariel alongside his father (Caliban) ...
Actor | The Last Days of American Crime
Multi award-winning veteran South African-born actor Sean Cameron Michael is today regarded as one of Africa's most successful exports to Hollywood. With a professional career spanning over three decades, he has performed leading and supporting roles in over one hundred television and film ...
13. Embeth Davidtz
Actress | Bicentennial Man
Embeth Davidtz was born on August 11, 1965 in Lafayette, Indiana. She is known for her role as Miss Honey in the film Matilda (1996).
Her parents, Jean and John Davidtz, were South Africans, with Dutch, English, and French ancestry. The family moved to Trenton, New Jersey, before returning to her ...
14. Gopala Davies
Actor | Woodwind
Gopala Davies (born 14 May 1988) is an award-winning actor, director and producer specializing in film and theatre. He was named one of the Top 5 South African Theatre Makers by SATMag and has received two Standard Bank Ovation Awards, ten Broadway World nominations, twelve Naledi nominations, and ...
16. Adhir Kalyan
Actor | Rules of Engagement
Born in 1983 and raised in Durban, South Africa, Adhir Kalyan moved to London to pursue an acting career. He appeared as a guest star on the BBC series Holby City (1999) and Spooks (2002). Kalyan's first leading role was in the CW's comedy series Aliens in America (2007), in which he played Raja, a...
19. Stelio Savante
Actor | Running for Grace
A trilingual South African born New Yorker, he speaks Afrikaans & Greek fluently although American English is his first language. His versatility through three decades of award winning individual & ensemble performances opposite iconic actors & with some of the most celebrated producers & directors...
20. Neil Sandilands
Actor | The Flash
Neil Sandilands was born in a mining town Randfontein, South Africa, on the 1st of May 1975. He is arguably one of the country's most versatile actors and has been an industry professional for over three decades, having started his career at age 14. His most recent work is as "Uncle Wilhelm ...
Actress | Spartacus: Blood and Sand
South African export Lesley-Ann Brandt stars as the Vertigo/DC comic book character Mazikeen, on Netflix hit series "Lucifer."
Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Brandt immigrated with her family to Auckland, New Zealand in her late teens. Discovered by local casting directors, Brandt took ...
23. Tammin Sursok
Actress | Pretty Little Liars
Tammin Sursok was born on August 19, 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Tammin Pamela Sursok. She is an actress and producer, known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009). She has been married to Sean McEwen since August 24, 2011. They have two ...
25. Antony Sher
Actor | Shakespeare in Love
Born in 1949, Antony Sher was raised in South Africa before going to London to study at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art between 1969 and 1971. After performing for the theatre group "Gay Sweatshop" in "Thinking Straight" (1975), "The Fork" (1976) and "Stone" (1976), Sher joined the Royal...
27. Kandyse McClure
Actress | Battlestar Galactica
Kandyse McClure is a Canadian actress born on March 22, 1980 in Durban in South Africa. She graduated from West Vancouver Secondary School in 1998. She is an actress, known for main roles in TV series Battlestar Galactica (2004), Hemlock Grove (2013), and from the movies Carrie (2002) and Seventh ...
28. Janet Suzman
Actress | Nicholas and Alexandra
This alert and classy Britisher seemed poised for Hollywood stardom in the early 1970s. Although it wasn't meant to be, Janet Suzman has remained one of the more respected classical stage actresses of her time. Born in 1939, she was raised in a staunch, liberal family household in South Africa at a...
30. Reine Swart
Actress | Siembamba
Reine Swart is an actress and filmmaker best known for The Lullaby (2018), Die Pro (2015) and Detour (2017). Heks (2020/2021) is Reine's directorial debut. She also stars in The Empty Man (2020) opposite James Badge Dale. Reine also stars as a lead in Triggered yet to be released. Reine has played ...
32. Dean Geyer
Actor | Glee
Dean Geyer was born in Johannesburg South Africa, into a family with two sisters. Geyer immigrated to Australia when he was 15 years old, commencing his schooling in Australia by going to Melbourne High School.
Geyer's family have a strong connection to martial arts, with members from previous and ...
35. Basil Rathbone
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, ...
37. Cliff Simon
Actor | Stargate: Continuum
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Air Force veteran and International athlete ,Cliff Simon's unique presence sets him apart every-time. A powerful veteran actor living in Los Angeles since 2000 realized his dream of becoming a USA citizen. He is a published author of 'Paris Nights my year at the ...
38. Leon Schuster
Actor | Mr. Bones
Leon Schuster was born on May 21, 1951 in Vereeniging, South Africa. He is an actor and writer, known for Mr. Bones (2001), Yankee Zulu (1993) and Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa (2010).
44. Troye Sivan
Actor | Boy Erased
Troye Sivan Mellet is South African-born YouTuber, actor, model and singer known for his roles in The Spud Franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Boy Erased (2018). He moved to Perth, Australia when he was two years old. Troye has two brothers and a sister, and was raised Modern Orthodox. In 2018...
45. Athol Fugard
Actor | Gandhi
Athol Fugard was born on June 11, 1932 in Middleburg, Cape Province, South Africa. He is a writer and actor, known for Gandhi (1982), Tsotsi (2005) and The Guest: An Episode in the Life of Eugène Marais (1977).