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Famous TV Actors from South Africa

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List of famous TV actors from South Africa, listed alphabetically with photos of the actors when available. South Africa has given birth to a lot of talented television actors who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, soap operas, reality shows and more. These are some of the funniest and most talented South African TV stars that have ever lived, so if you're an aspiring actor or actress from South Africa this list should contain many of your idols. If you're looking for a particular popular actor or actress from South Africa then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List ranges from Tammin Sursok to Deon Stewardson, plus much more.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary TV stars of South Africa in order to get more information about each one. If you're a TV junkie use this list of talented South African actresses to find some new TV stars that you haven't already heard of.
  • 1
    Arrested Development, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    BirthplaceBenoni, Gauteng, South Africa

    NationalityUnited States of America, South Africa

    Charlize Theron ( shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; Afrikaans: [ʃarˈlis trɔn]; born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an...  more

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  • 2
    Jesus of Nazareth, The Golden Bowl

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalityIreland, United Kingdom, South Africa

    Cyril James Cusack (26 November 1910 – 7 October 1993) was an Irish actor, who appeared in numerous films and television productions in a career lasting more than 70 years....  more
  • 3
    The Arthur Murray Party

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, South Africa

    Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) was an English actor. He rose to prominence in the United Kingdom as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in more than 70...  more

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  • 4
    Pretty Little Liars, Family Affairs

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalityUnited States of America, South Africa

    Sasha Pieterse-Sheaffer (; born February 17, 1996) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Upon the...  more
  • 5
    Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and frontman of the progressive rock band...  more

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  • 6
    Deadwood, Frank Herbert's Dune

    BirthplaceUpington, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Alice Maud Krige (; born 28 June 1954) is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in Chariots of Fire (1981) as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon. She is well...  more
  • 7
    Z-Cars, Jack the Ripper

    BirthplacePietermaritzburg, South Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Alan Edgar Stratford Johns (22 September 1925 – 29 January 2002), known as Stratford Johns, was a South African-born British stage, film and television actor who is best remembered for his starring...  more
  • 8
    Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On Laughing

    BirthplaceHillbrow, South Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sidney "Sid" James (born Solomon Joel Cohen; 8 May 1913 – 26 April 1976) was a British character and comic actor born into a middle-class Jewish family in South Africa.Appearing in British films from...  more

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  • 9
    Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalityCanada, South Africa

    Kandyse McClure (born 22 March 1980) 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...  more
  • 10
    EastEnders, Blake's 7

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa

    Glynis Barber (born Glynis van der Riet; 25 October 1955) is a South African actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Sgt. Harriet Makepeace in the British police drama Dempsey and Makepeace,...  more
  • 11
    The Company, The Shadow Line

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, South Africa

    Sir Antony Sher, KBE (born 14 June 1949) is a British actor of South African origin, a two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner and four-time nominee, who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982...  more
  • 12
    Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, The Happy Prince

    BirthplacePretoria, South Africa

    NationalityWales, South Africa

    Glynis Johns (born 5 October 1923) is a retired Welsh stage, television and film actress, dancer, pianist, and singer. Born in Pretoria, South Africa while her parents were on tour, she is best known...  more

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    Cecil Lauriston Kellaway (22 August 1890 – 28 February 1973) was a British/South African character actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for both The Luck of the...  more
  • 14
    Pretty Little Liars, Home and Away

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalityAustralia, South Africa

    Tammin Sursok is a South African-born Australian actress and singer. She is known for her roles on television as Dani Sutherland on Home and Away, Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless, and...  more
  • 15
    Magic City, Packed to the Rafters

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalityAustralia, South Africa

    Jessica Dominique Marais (born 29 January 1985) is an Australian actress best known for her roles on Australian television in Packed to the Rafters and Love Child. She also co-starred on the American...  more
  • 16
    In Treatment, Shackleton

    BirthplaceFairfield Township, USA, Lafayette, Indiana

    NationalityUnited States of America, South Africa

    Embeth Jean Davidtz (born August 11, 1965) is a South African-American actress. Her screen roles include movies such as Army of Darkness, Schindler's List, Matilda, Junebug, Mansfield Park,...  more
  • 17
    David John Matthews (born January 9, 1967) is a South African-born American singer, songwriter, musician, actor and record label owner, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for...  more

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    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as...  more

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  • 19
    The Singing Detective, The Colour of Magic

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, South Africa

    Dame Janet Suzman, (born 9 February 1939) is a South African/British actress who enjoyed a successful early career in the Royal Shakespeare Company, later replaying many Shakespearean roles, among...  more
  • 20
    H2O: Just Add Water, Blue Water High

    BirthplaceSouth Africa

    NationalityAustralia, South Africa

    Cariba Heine (born 1 October 1988) is a South African-born Australian actress and dancer. She is known for her roles as Rikki Chadwick in the Network Ten show H2O: Just Add Water, Bridget Sanchez in...  more
  • 21
    Just for Laughs, The Newsroom

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Jeremy Hotz (born May 31, 1963) is a Canadian actor and stand-up comedian. He has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, the Just For Laughs comedy festival, the Late Show with David Letterman, and The...  more
  • 22
    Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist....  more
  • 23
    Red Shoe Diaries, Veritas: The Quest

    BirthplacePretoria, South Africa

    NationalityUnited States of America,South Africa

    Arnold Vosloo (born 16 June 1962) is a South African actor. He is known for his roles as Imhotep in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Colonel Coetzee in Blood Diamond, Pik van Cleef in Hard Target,...  more
  • 24
    Raising Hope

    BirthplaceGreenwich, Connecticut, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Bijou Lilly Phillips (born April 1, 1980) is an American actress, model, socialite, and singer. The daughter of musician John Phillips and Geneviève Waïte, she began her career as a model, and at 13,...  more

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  • 25
    The Sopranos, Lilyhammer

    BirthplaceWinthrop, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, producer, actor, and activist who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member of...  more

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