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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