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 | The Mummy
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 | Around the World in 80 Days
Multi award-winning veteran South African-born actor Sean Cameron Michael is today regarded as one of South Africa's most successful exports to Hollywood. With a professional career spanning over three decades, the chameleon character actor has performed in over one hundred TV and film productions....
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
Director | Eventide
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 MI-5 (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 | Infidel
One of South Africa's most in-demand actors for over three decades, award winning polyglot actor Stelio Savante is a steady product of independent & international theatrically released features. A longtime popular casting choice of critically acclaimed directors, he was recently seen starring as ...
20. Neil Sandilands
Actor | The Flash
In 2021 award winning actor Neil Sandilands can be seen starring in Netflix's highly anticipated, sci-fi/fantasy drama series "Sweet Tooth." Based on the beloved DC Vertigo comics by Jeff Lemire and executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., the show follows a boy who is half human and half deer, and...
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 ...
Actor | Othello: A South African Tale
A multi award-winning veteran actor.
Awards include the Vita Nomination for Best Ensemble Performance in Musical Theatre, Best Script of a New South African Play and Best Director, the Vita Award for Best Performance in a Comedy by a Male for Call Us Crazy, Pan African Heritage Broadcast Achievement...
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 actress 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 players of her time. Born in 1939, she was raised in a staunchly liberal household in South Africa at a time when...
30. Reine Swart
Actress | Z Nation
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 and immigrated to Australia when he was 15 years old, commencing his schooling in Australia at Melbourne High School.
Geyer's family has a strong connection to martial arts. His grandfather Stan Schmidt was credited with formally introducing karate ...
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 set him apart every time. A powerful veteran actor living in Los Angeles since 2000, he realized his dream of becoming a USA citizen. He was a published author of 'Paris Nights my year at ...
38. Leon Schuster
Actor | Mama Jack
Leon Schuster was born on May 21, 1951 in Vereeniging, South Africa. He is an actor and writer, known for Mama Jack (2005), Yankee Zulu (1993) and Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa (2010).
42. Menzi Ngubane
Actor | Generations
Menzi Ngubane was born on August 28, 1964 in Ntabazinduna, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He is known for his work on Generations (1993), In My Country (2004) and How to Steal 2 Million (2011). He was married to Sikelelo Sishuba and Lerato Sidibe. He died on March 13, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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).