Actors Popular Film Actors from South Africa

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List of famous film actors and actresses from South Africa, listed by their popularity with photos when available. South Africa has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best South African screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of South Africa and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

You can rank all of these film actors, from Joe Vaz to Todd Gitlin.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best South African actors?" and "Which movies stars are from South Africa?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of South Africa in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented South African film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Prometheus, The Italian Job, Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African-American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the ...more

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Sid James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Lavender Hill Mob, The 39 Steps, Carry On Cleo Sid James was a South African-born English actor and comedian. Appearing in British films from 1947, he was cast in numerous small and supporting roles into the 1960s. His profile was raised as ...more

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Basil Rathbone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Great Mouse Detective, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Philip St. John Basil Rathbone, MC was a South African-born English actor. He rose to prominence in the UK as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in over 70 films, primarily ...more

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Laurence Harvey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Manchurian Candidate, Cinema Paradiso, The Alamo Laurence Harvey was a Lithuanian-born actor. In a career that spanned a quarter of a century, Harvey appeared in stage, film and television productions primarily in the United Kingdom and the ...more

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Alice Krige is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Chariots of Fire, Star Trek: First Contact, Reign of Fire Alice Maud Krige is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon in the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. ...more

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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Harold and Maude, My Left Foot, The Day of the Jackal Cyril Cusack was an actor.

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Embeth Davidtz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Schindler's List, The Amazing Spider-Man, Army of Darkness Embeth Jean Davidtz is an American actress. Her screen roles include movies such as Matilda, Mansfield Park, Bicentennial Man, and Fracture, and the television series Mad Men. Davidtz spent much ...more

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Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Mary Poppins, While You Were Sleeping, The Ref Glynis Johns is an actress.

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Cecil Kellaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Wuthering Heights, Harvey Cecil Lauriston Kellaway was a South African-born character actor.

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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Just Go With It, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Because of Winn-Dixie David John "Dave" Matthews is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. Matthews was ...more

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Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Adventures of Robin Hood, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Strange Cargo Ian Hunter was an English character actor.

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Bijou Phillips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Almost Famous, Bully, Hostel: Part II Bijou Lilly Phillips is an American actress, model, and singer. Phillips began her career as a model but soon began acting and singing. When she was 13, she started as a model and became one of ...more

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Arnold Vosloo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe: Retaliation Arnold Vosloo is South African and American actor. He is known for his roles as Imhotep in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Pik van Cleef in Hard Target, Dr. Peyton Westlake/Darkman in Darkman ...more

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Ross Kettle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Playing God, Diamond Hunters, Lethal Ninja Ross Kettle is a South African actor, known for directing the play Soweto's Burning, and best known as Jeffrey Conrad in the NBC American television soap opera Santa Barbara. In 1988, he was ...more

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
New York Stories, Secret World Live, Taken By Storm: The Art Of Storm Thorgerson And Hipgnosis Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving ...more

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Alf Kumalo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Bang Bang Club, Nor the Moon by Night Alfred Kumalo, better known as Alf Kumalo, and with the surname sometimes spelled Khumalo, was a South African documentary photographer and photojournalist.

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Hakeem Kae-Kazim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hotel Rwanda Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a Nigerian actor best known for his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda. He also starred as Colonel Iké Dubaku in season 7 of the Fox ...more

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Justine Waddell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Dracula 2000, The Fall, Mansfield Park Justine Waddell is a South African-born British film actress, best known for her roles in the 2006 film The Fall and 2005 film Chaos as well as Tess in the 1998 LWT adaptation of Tess of the ...more

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of ...more

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Antony Sher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Shakespeare in Love, The Wolfman, Mrs Brown Sir Antony Sher, KBE is a South African-born British actor, writer and theatre director.

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Lee Brilleaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Lee Brilleaux was a member of the musical group, Dr. Feelgood.

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Marius Weyers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Gandhi, Blood Diamond, The Gods Must Be Crazy Marius Weyers is an actor.

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Harry DeRoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Harry DeRoy The Haunted Pajamas, Lend Me Your Name, Paradise Garden Harry DeRoy is an actor.

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Dorothy Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Dorothy Black The Night Has Eyes, The Admiral's Secret Dorothy Black is an actress.

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Malcolm X Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first ...more

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Musetta Vander is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Wild Wild West Musetta Vander is a South African actress and model who is best known for her roles in science fiction and fantasy films.

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Tammin Sursok is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Aquamarine, Crossing Over, Flicka 2 Tammin Pamela Sursok is a South African-born Australian actress and singer-songwriter. Sursok is best known for her roles as Dani Sutherland on Home and Away, Colleen Carlton on The Young and ...more

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Zakes Mokae is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Waterworld, Outbreak, Cry Freedom Zakes Makgona Mokae was a South African-born American actor.

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Kandyse McClure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Carrie, Romeo Must Die, Mother's Day Kandyse McClure is a South African-born Canadian actress. She has played Anastasia Dualla on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Clementine Chasseur on the ...more

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John Kani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Ghost and the Darkness, Coriolanus, Sarafina! Bonsile John Kani is a South African actor, director and playwright.

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Neville Phillips is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
A Fish Called Wanda, 101 Dalmatians, First Knight Neville Phillips is an actor.

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Nigel Green is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Jason and the Argonauts, Zulu, Mysterious Island Nigel McGown Green was a South African-born English character actor. Because of his strapping build and commanding demeanour he would often be found playing military types and men of action in ...more

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Gideon Emery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Takers, Train, Primeval Gideon Emery is an English jazz musician, actor and voice actor, known for his stage work in South Africa and for providing voices in video games.

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Langley Kirkwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Invictus, Dredd, Dracula 3000 Langley Kirkwood, is an English actor and athlete. Recognized for his roles in films such as Invictus, and most recently Dredd, Langley also shows great dedication to sports and fitness, having ...more

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Janet Suzman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Draughtsman's Contract, Nijinsky, A Dry White Season Dame Janet Suzman, DBE is a South African/British actress who enjoyed a successful early career in the Royal Shakespeare Company, later replaying many Shakespearean roles, among others, on TV. ...more

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Stratford Johns is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Ladykillers, Cromwell, The Lair of the White Worm Stratford Johns, born Alan Edgar Stratford-Johns, was a popular English stage, film and television actor who is best remembered for his starring role as Detective Inspector Charlie Barlow in the ...more

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Dempsey Pappion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Lorax, Fun with Dick and Jane, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow Dempsey Pappion is an American film actor, known for doing TV series and roles in movies. Pappion was born in Lake Charles, LA. He started his acting career in 1995. His first TV series role was ...more

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Rapulana Seiphemo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Tsotsi, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, White Wedding Rapulana Seiphemo is a film producer, screenwriter and actor.

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Sasha Pieterse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
X-Men: First Class, Inherent Vice, Good Luck Chuck Sasha Pieterse is a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She landed her first major role at the age of thirteen, as Alison DiLaurentis on ABC Family's series Pretty Little ...more

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Tony Kgoroge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Hotel Rwanda, Invictus, Blood Diamond Tony Kgoroge is a South African actor. He is best known for his performance as Jason Tshabalala in Invictus.

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Mary Peach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Scrooge, Cutthroat Island, Room at the Top Mary Peach is a British film and television actress, who was married to the screenwriter and director Jimmy Sangster until his death in 2011. She is best known for playing in several BBC ...more

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Louis Hayward is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
And Then There Were None, Anthony Adverse, The Christmas Kid Louis Charles Hayward was a British actor born in South Africa.

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Miriam Makeba is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Sarafina!, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, Have You Seen Drum Recently? Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist. In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African ...more

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Moira Lister is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Yellow Rolls-Royce, The Double Man, Trouble in Store Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez was a South African-born, English film, stage and television actress, and writer.

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Ken Gampu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Gods Must Be Crazy, King Solomon's Mines, The Naked Prey Ken Gampu was a South African actor. Before he began his career, Gampu was a physical training instructor, salesman, interpreter and police officer. His first acting job was in Athol Fugard's ...more

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Tanit Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Lord of War, Safe House, Death Race 2 Tanit Phoenix is a South African fashion model and actress. She is best known for her swimwear and lingerie photo shoots after appearing in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2003 and in GQ ...more

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Jenny Runacre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
The Witches, Husbands, The Passenger Jenny Runacre is a South African-born English actress. Runacre was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved to London as a child, attended the Actors' Workshop there, and trained in the ...more

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David Dennis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
King Kong, 10, 000 BC David Dennis is a South African actor. He is best known for his role as Sol in the SABC1 TV series Soul City. Dennis also played a significant role in the TV series Charlie Jade as police ...more

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Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
2008 Wimbledon Official Film, Wimbledon 2007 Final: Federer vs. Nadal, Wimbledon 2007 Official Film Tennis player Roger Federer (IPA pronunciation: [ˈɹɑ.dʒər ˈfɛ.dər.ər]) (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss tennis professional, currently ranked World No. 1. Many experts and many of his own tennis ...more

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Athol Fugard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from South Africa
Gandhi, The Killing Fields, The Road to Mecca Athol Fugard is an actor, screenwriter and film director.