South African Actors

by GopalaDavies | created - 19 Feb 2019 | updated - 19 Feb 2019 | Public

An updated list of South African actors

1. Charlize Theron

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 ...

2. Arnold Vosloo

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 ...

3. Bonang Matheba

Actress | Presenter Search on 3

Bonang Matheba is an actress and producer, known for Presenter Search on 3 (2015), Coming to America; Queen B! and Public Figure (2019).

4. Trevor Noah

Producer | The Daily Show

Trevor Noah was born on February 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a producer and writer, known for The Daily Show (1996), Black Panther (2018) and Born a Crime.

5. John Kani

Actor | Black Panther

John Kani was born on November 30, 1942 in New Brighton, South Africa as Bonsile John Kani. He is an actor and writer, known for Black Panther (2018), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and The Lion King (2019).

6. Terry Pheto

Actress | Tsotsi

Terry Pheto is an actress and producer, known for Tsotsi (2005), A United Kingdom (2016) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

7. Kim Engelbrecht

Actress | Eye in the Sky

Kim Engelbrecht was born on June 20, 1980 in Cape Town, South Africa as Kim Suzanne Engelbrecht. She is an actress, known for Eye in the Sky (2015), The Flash (2014) and Sarahsarà (1994).

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 ...

9. Fiona Ramsay

Actress | Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Fiona Ramsay is known for her work on Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), Chappie (2015) and The Dark Tower (2017).

10. David Dennis

Actor | King Kong

David Dennis is an actor, known for King Kong (2005), 10,000 BC (2008) and Strike Back (2010).

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) ...

12. Sean Cameron Michael

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 ...

15. Leleti Khumalo

Actress | Invictus

Leleti Khumalo was born on March 30, 1970 in KwaMashu, South Africa. She is an actress and producer, known for Invictus (2009), Hotel Rwanda (2004) and Sarafina! (1992). She has been married to Mbongeni Ngema since 1992.

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...

17. Rajesh Gopie

Actor | Keeping Up with the Kandasamys

Rajesh Gopie is an actor, known for Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017) and Generations (1993).

18. Jailoshini Naidoo

Actress | Strike Back

Jailoshini Naidoo is an actress, known for Strike Back (2010), Kandasamys: The Wedding (2019) and Mr Johnson (2020).

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 ...

21. Lesley-Ann Brandt

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 ...

22. Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

Actor | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube was born in 1960 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa. He is an actor, known for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Othello: A South African Tale (2005) and Tödliche Geschäfte (1991).

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...

26. Nick Boraine

Actor | Homeland

Nick Boraine was born on November 14, 1971. He is an actor, known for Homeland (2011), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018) and Bloodline (2018). He is married to Louise Barnes. They have one child.

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...

29. Sibongile Mlambo

Actress | Lost in Space

Sibongile Mlambo is an actress, known for Lost in Space (2018), Siren (2018) and Teen Wolf (2011).

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 ...

31. Fana Mokoena

Actor | World War Z

Fana Mokoena was born on May 13, 1971 in South Africa. He is an actor, known for World War Z (2013), Hotel Rwanda (2004) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

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 ...

33. Marius Weyers

Actor | The Gods Must Be Crazy

Marius Weyers was born on February 3, 1945 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor, known for The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), Blood Diamond (2006) and Gandhi (1982).

34. Jamie Bartlett

Actor | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Jamie Bartlett was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. He is an actor, known for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Beyond Borders (2003) and The Revenger (1990).

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, ...

36. Mbongeni Ngema

Music_department | The Lion King

Mbongeni Ngema was born as Mbongeni Israel Ngema. He is known for his work on The Lion King (1994), Asinamali (2017) and Sarafina! (1992). He has been married to Leleti Khumalo since 1992.

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).

39. Presley Chweneyagae

Actor | Tsotsi

Presley Chweneyagae was born in 1984 in Soweto, Transvaal, South Africa. He is an actor and director, known for Tsotsi (2005), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) and Menda City (2009).

40. Florence Masebe

Actress | Elelwani

Florence Masebe is an actress and producer, known for Elelwani (2012), Black Butterflies (2011) and Stan Becker (1998).

41. Carl Beukes

Actor | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Carl Beukes was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor, known for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Eye in the Sky (2015) and Dominion (2014).

42. Menzi Ngubane

Actor | How to Steal 2 Million

Menzi Ngubane is an actor, known for How to Steal 2 Million (2011), The King's Messenger (1990) and Red Cargo (2020).

43. Tanya van Graan

Actress | Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell

Tanya van Graan was born on December 13, 1983 in South Africa. She is an actress, known for Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018), Zulu (2013) and 24 Hours to Live (2017).

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).

46. Antjie Krog

Writer | Country of My Skull

Antjie Krog is a writer, known for In My Country (2004) and Ingrid Jonker: Her Lives and Time ... (2002).

47. Sandra Prinsloo

Actress | The Gods Must Be Crazy

Sandra Prinsloo is an actress and director, known for The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), Hedda Gabler (1983) and Jewel of the Gods (1989).

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