South African born actors

by purple_dragon_magess | created - 11 Jul 2011 | updated - 11 Jul 2011 | Public

List of south african born actors who have become internationally famous

1. 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, ...

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

2. 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 Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) ...

3. Leon Schuster

Actor | Mr. Bones

Leon Schuster is an actor and writer, known for Mr. Bones (2001), Yankee Zulu (1993) and Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa (2010).

4. Sasha Pieterse

Actress | Inherent Vice

Sasha Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated over to the United States with her professional dancer parents in 2000. She started acting at the age of four in modeling and commercials and moved to theatrical work starring as "Buffy" in her first TV show, Family Affair (2002)...

5. 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...

6. Candice Hillebrand

Actress | Tekken

Candice Hillebrand was born on January 19, 1977 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa as Candice Antoinette Hillebrand. She is an actress, known for Tekken (2010), How to Make Love to a Woman (2010) and Othello: A South African Tale (2005).

7. 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 ...

8. Sidney James

Actor | Carry on Again Doctor

The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife ...

9. Zakes Mokae

Actor | Waterworld

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, actor Zakes Mokae was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became one of the most distinguished thespians in South Africa for over two decades. Mokae was one of the few actors capable of crossing the divided racial sections, punctuated by his ...

10. Rapulana Seiphemo

Actor | Jerusalema

Rapulana Seiphemo was born on November 4, 1967 in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and producer, known for Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008), Tsotsi (2005) and Laugh Out Loud (2011).

11. Joe Vaz

Actor | Dredd

South African born Joe Vaz was 12 years old when he first stepped on to a stage, and has never looked back since. He attended Tshwane University of Technology (formerly Technikon Pretoria) from 1991 to 1994 wherein he studied Drama and Light Music, minoring in singing under the tuition of Estelle ...

12. 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...

13. 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).