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 | 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 ...

3. Bonang Matheba

Actress | Coming to America; Queen B!

Bonang Matheba is an actress and producer, known for Coming to America; Queen B!, Public Figure (2019) and Presenter Search on 3 (2010).

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 Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark (2017).

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 Coriolanus (2011).

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 Isidingo (1998).

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 The World Unseen (2007).

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 | 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 ...

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 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 ...

17. Rajesh Gopie

Actor | Stellenbosch

Rajesh Gopie is an actor, known for Stellenbosch (2007), Professionals (2020) and Dead Places (2021).

18. Jailoshini Naidoo

Actress | Strike Back

Jailoshini Naidoo is an actress, known for Strike Back (2010), Mr Johnson (2020) and Trippin' with the Kandasamys (2021).

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...

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 | 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 ...

24. Minnie Dlamini

Self | Tropika Island of Treasure

Minnie Dlamini is known for her work on Tropika Island of Treasure (2008), Presenter Search on 3 (2010) and Homeground (2018).

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 | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Nick Boraine was born on November 14, 1971. Nick is known for his work on NCIS (2003), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) and Designated Survivor (2016). Nick 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 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...

29. Sibongile Mlambo

Actress | Lost in Space

Sibongile Mlambo was born on June 25, 1990 in Zimbabwe. She is an actress, known for Lost in Space (2018), Siren (2018) and Teen Wolf (2011).

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 ...

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 The Lab (2006).

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 ...

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 | Rhythm City

Jamie Bartlett was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. He is an actor, known for Rhythm City (2007), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) and Beyond Borders (2003).

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 an actor and writer, known for 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 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).

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), The River (2018) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

40. Florence Masebe

Actress | The Republic

Florence Masebe is an actress and producer, known for The Republic (2019), Elelwani (2012) and Black Butterflies (2011).

41. Carl Beukes

Actor | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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

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.

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 director and writer, known for In My Country (2004), The Unfolding of Sky (1999) 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), The Seagull (2018) and Hedda Gabler (1983).

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