Birth Place Matching "South Africa" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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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. 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)...

3. Johnny Flynn

Actor | Emma.

Joe Flynn, A.K.A. Johnny Flynn, is an English poet, musician, and actor. He is the son of Eric Flynn, who was an actor who specialized in musicals. As a child, Johnny sang in the Winchester College chapel choir. He knew that he wanted to be a musician after listening to the Bob Dylan record, "...

4. Jodi Balfour

Actress | The Crown

Born and raised in South Africa, Jodi Balfour spent her early youth working in Cape Town's theatre and television industry. She graduated with a BA (hons) in Theatre & Performance from The University of Cape Town and, after her family moved to the west coast of Canada, began working internationally...

5. Musetta Vander

Actress | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

A Dutch South African, Musetta Vander was raised without that most basic of modern conveniences--television! Radio programming, childhood books and weekend trips to the drive-in introduced her to the magical world of movies. It was not until the mid-'70s that South Africa finally got television, ...

6. 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 ...

7. 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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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...

10. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

11. Glynis Johns

Actress | Mary Poppins

Musical-voiced Glynis Johns is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in ...

12. Cariba Heine

Actress | Designated Survivor

Cariba Heine is a South African-born Australian actress and dancer born in Johannesburg to parents Michelle, a former showgirl, and Kevin Heine. She moved to Australia at the age of three with her parents and older brother. Her early days included training in jazz, tap, classical ballet, acrobatics...

13. Cecil Kellaway

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Though a native of South Africa, Cecil Kellaway spent many years as an actor, author and director in Australian live theatre until he tried his luck in Hollywood in the 1930s. Finding he could get only gangster bit parts, he got discouraged and returned to Australia. Then William Wyler called and ...

14. 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 ...

15. 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).

16. 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 Ghost and the Darkness (1996).

17. Glynis Barber

Actress | Point Break

Glynis Barber was born on October 25, 1955 in South Africa as Glynis van der Riet. She is an actress, known for Point Break (2015), Blake's 7 (1978) and Night & Day (2001). She has been married to Michael Brandon since November 18, 1989. They have one child. She was previously married to Paul ...

18. Elon Musk

Actor | Machete Kills

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa as Elon Reeve Musk. He is an actor and producer, known for Machete Kills (2013), Iron Man 2 (2010) and Thank You for Smoking (2005). He was previously married to Talulah Riley and Justine Musk.

19. 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, ...

20. Tanit Phoenix Copley

Actress | Gallowwalkers

Tanit Phoenix Copley was born on September 24, 1980 in Durban, Natal, South Africa. She is known for her work on Gallowwalkers (2012), Death Race 2 (2010) and Hardcore Henry (2015). She has been married to Sharlto Copley since February 15, 2016. They have one child.

21. Dave Matthews

Actor | Just Go with It

Dave Matthews was born on January 9, 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa as David John Matthews. He has been married to Jennifer Ashley Harper since August 10, 2000. They have three children.

22. Richard Stanley

Writer | Color Out of Space

Richard Stanley is the award-winning South African-born filmmaker, who made a name of himself with his first feature film, the sci-fi movie Hardware (1990). A low budget movie about a mad-dog android loose in an apartment was released in 1990. Critics slammed it as a Terminator rip-off, yet the ...

23. Justine Waddell

Actress | Mishen

Justine Waddell was born on November 4, 1975 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an actress and director, known for Target (2011), The Fall (2006) and Chaos (2005).

24. Louise Barnes

Actress | Reprisal

Louise Barnes was born on April 26, 1974 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She is an actress, known for Reprisal (2019), Black Sails (2014) and Outsiders (2016). She is married to Nick Boraine. They have one child.

25. 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 ...

26. Suanne Braun

Actress | The Princess Switch

South African born Suanne started her career working on South African television and starring in multiple series and theatre productions. Additionally, Suanne worked as a host on the first, independent television channel in South Africa, MNET television. She hosted a travel series "Bon Voyage" ...

27. 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).

28. Neil Sandilands

Actor | The Flash

Neil Sandilands was born in the mining town of 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 ...

29. Jessica Marais

Actress | Love Child

Jessica Marais was born on the 29th January 1985 in South Africa and moved to Perth Australia at a young age. Recently she moved to Sydney where she has a TV role as Rachel Rafter in the Australian comedy series Packed to the Rafters. She has also recently appeared in the new Australian film Two ...

30. Charlbi Dean

Actress | Spud

Charlbi Dean was born on February 5, 1990 in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an actress, known for Spud (2010), Black Lightning (2017) and Blood in the Water (2016).

31. 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).

32. Behati Prinsloo

Actress | Hawaii Five-0

Behati Prinsloo was born on May 16, 1988 in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. She was discovered at 16 by modeling agency head, Sarah Doukas while on holiday in Cape Town. She's best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret lingerie model. She appeared in nine Victoria's Secret fashion shows from 2007...

33. Nathalie Boltt

Actress | Riverdale

Nathalie Boltt is a writer, director and actor. She appears as villain, Penelope Blossom, in Riverdale (CW); action thriller 24 Hours To Live with Ethan Hawke; South African box-office hit, District 9; BBC darling Inspector George Gently; CBS comedy Happy Together, and a number of award-winning ...

34. 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 ...

35. 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...

36. Nic Rasenti

Actor | Origin

Nic is known for his very action orientated role as Battle Ready "Mike Gore" in the thriller series Origin (youtube premium), co star Natalia Tena. In addition, his TV experience includes working on world wide airing series such as: Starz costume drama Black Sails as "Mr Holmes"; "Hogan" Outlander ...

37. Nigel Green

Actor | Zulu

The character actor Nigel Green, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, was educated in England and studied chemical engineering before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon, and in the ...

38. Dena Kaplan

Actress | Dance Academy: The Movie

Dena Kaplan was born in South Africa and moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 1996. Dena is an actress and dancer who may be best known for her role as Abigail Armstrong in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation television series 'Dance Academy' (2010-2012). Kaplan attended high school in Melbourne ...

39. Sidney James

Actor | Carry On Cleo

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 ...

40. Gavin Hood

Director | Official Secrets

Gavin Hood was born on May 12, 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and director, known for Official Secrets (2019), Tsotsi (2005) and Eye in the Sky (2015). He was previously married to Janine Eser.

41. Cyril Cusack

Actor | Fahrenheit 451

Cyril James Cusack was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa, to Alice Violet (Cole), a Cockney English actress and chorus girl, and James Walter Cusack, an Irish mounted policeman in Natal. He was brought up in Ireland. He was a child star on the Irish stage, appearing first at the age of 7. He ...

42. Peter Youngblood Hills

Actor | Band of Brothers

Peter is the son of an American mother and English father. He was brought up for the first few years in Botswana before moving to the USA where his father attended Indiana University to train as an opera singer. After his parents divorced in 1981 he lived in Tennessee with his mother but later ...

43. J.R.R. Tolkien

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands ...

44. Yo-Landi Visser

Actress | Chappie

Anri du Toit, goes by her rap name Yo-Landi VI$$ER. She was born in Port Alfred, a small town on the East coast of South Africa, and was adopted as a baby by an Afrikaans family. Her dad was a priest and her mom was a housewife. She has never met her birth parents. Visser grew up very rebellious, ...

45. Roger Michell

Director | Notting Hill

Roger Michell was born on June 5, 1956 in South Africa. He is a director and producer, known for Notting Hill (1999), Venus (2006) and My Cousin Rachel (2017). He is married to Anna Maxwell Martin. They have two children. He was previously married to Kate Buffery.

46. 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 ...

47. David Bailie

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

David Bailie was born in 1937 in South Africa, going to boarding school in Swaziland and emigrating to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with his family in 1952.

His first acting experience soon after school in 1955, was an amateur production of 'Doctor in the House' which persuaded him he wanted to be an ...

48. Elize du Toit

Actress | Skyfall

Elize du Toit was born on February 21, 1980 in Grahamstown, South Africa. She is an actress and director, known for Skyfall (2012), The Line of Beauty (2006) and Doctor Who (2005). She has been married to Rafe Spall since August 14, 2010. They have three children.

49. Kika Mirylees

Actress | Bad Girls

Kika Mirylees was born in 1959 in South Africa. She is an actress, known for Bad Girls (1999), The Darling Buds of May (1991) and EastEnders (1985).

50. Mark Vicente

Cinematographer | What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?

Author, speaker, and award-winning Writer/Director/Cinematographer Mark Vicente was part of the creative team behind the sleeper hit "What The Bleep Do We Know?!" Several books have been written about the film's remarkable grassroots marketing campaign, which led to its unprecedented success.

Mark ...


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