Africa's most talented actor list

by ParadiseChama | created - 09 Oct 2011 | updated - 02 Mar 2013 | Public

The forgotten continent's actors.

1. Omar Sharif

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...

Egypt

2. Claudia Cardinale

Actress | C'era una volta il West

Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy ...

Tunisia

3. Charlize Theron

Actress | 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 ...

South Africa

4. Djimon Hounsou

Actor | Blood Diamond

Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, in west Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was thirteen. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator (2000) ...

Benin

5. 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 ...

South Africa

6. Sharlto Copley

Actor | District 9

Sharlto Copley was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Linda Stocks and Bruce Copley, a former university professor. His childhood dreams of acting were put on hold for many years when his television production company was one of few in his native South Africa granted licensing to create content...

South Africa

7. Stelio Savante

Actor | The Sopranos

A South African born New Yorker with over three decades of versatile, award winning performances in popular, world-wide theatrically released studio & independent films, prime-time & cable television & New York theater. After small speaking roles opposite Russell Crowe in Ron Howard's A Beautiful ...

South Africa

8. Omar Berdouni

Actor | United 93

Omar Berdouni was born on July 20, 1979 in Tangier, Morocco. He is an actor, known for United 93 (2006), Captain Phillips (2013) and Extraordinary Rendition (2007).

Morocco

9. Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Actor | 24

Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim, classically trained in the UK at the highly regarded Bristol Old Vic and soon after graduation was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Hakeem's list of impressive credits include Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost, Cane with Jimmy Smits, Law & Order: SVU with ...

Nigeria

10. Bambadjan Bamba

Actor | Black Panther

Actor Bambadjan Bamba was born in the Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire) and spent his adolescent years between Abidjan, the south Bronx and Virginia. He studied at the Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Bambadjan is also the owner of IvoStar Pictures an independent production ...

Ivory Coast

11. 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 ...

South Africa

12. Patience Ozokwor

Actress | Covert Operaion

Patience Ozokwor is an actress and producer, known for Covert Operaion (2013), Overseas (2015) and Idemili (2014).

Nigeria

13. Richard E. Grant

Actor | Gosford Park

Richard E. Grant was born on May 5, 1957 in Mbabane, Hhohho, Swaziland as Richard Grant Esterhuysen. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) and Withnail & I (1987). He has been married to Joan Washington since November 1, 1986. They have two children.

Swaziland

14. Jackie Appiah

Actress | The Black Soul

Jackie Appiah is a Ghanaian actress with a career spanning from television to film and being a spokeswoman and brand ambassador. She is known as the Queen and Maestro of the movie industry in Ghana and beyond. She was born in a family of five children on December 5, 1983 to Janet Owusu and George ...

Ghana

15. Richard Mofe-Damijo

Actor | Critical Assignment

Popularly known as RMD, Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6, 1961 he is a Nigerian actor and politician. In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since January 2009 he is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. Mofe-Damijo was born ...

Nigeria

16. Leleti Khumalo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

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

South Africa

17. Van Vicker

Actor | Providence Island

Van Vicker was born on August 1, 1977 as Joseph van Vicker. He is an actor and director, known for Providence Island (2017), Blackmoney ® (2012) and Up Creek Without a Paddle. He has been married to Adjoa since October 16, 2003. They have three children.

Ghana

18. Ramsey Nouah

Actor | The Black Soul

Ramsey Nouah was born on December 19, 1970 in Lagos, Nigeria. At 20, he was starting out as an aspiring musician prior to heeding a friend's advise to take a stab on acting. At 21, he audition and instantly won the role of Jeff in an on-coming Nigerian television soap opera, Fortunes. By the age of...

Nigeria

19. Nadia Buari

Actress | HashTag

Nadia Buari is an actress, known for HashTag (2018), American Driver (2017) and Million Dollar Baby 2 (2016).

Ghana

20. Joseph Olita

Actor | Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

Joseph Olita was born on March 31, 1944 in Kenya. He was an actor, known for Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981), Mississippi Masala (1991) and Sheena (1984). He died on June 1, 2014 in South East Alego, Kogelo, Kenya.

Kenya



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