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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.

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Arrested Development, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
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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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Jesus of Nazareth, The Golden Bowl, Strumpet City
Cyril Cusack was an actor.

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Basil Rathbone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Arthur Murray Party
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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Sasha Pieterse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Pretty Little Liars, Family Affairs, Wanted
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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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
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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Alice Krige is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Deadwood, Frank Herbert's Dune, Tyrant
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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Stratford Johns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Z-Cars, Jack the Ripper, Softly
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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Sid James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On Laughing, Bless This House
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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Kandyse McClure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove, Persons Unknown
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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Glynis Barber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
EastEnders, Blake's 7, The Royal
Glynis Barber is a South African-born British actress of Afrikaner descent. When she was five years old, her parents divorced, and she and her mother moved to Johannesburg. She is best known for ...more

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Antony Sher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Company, The Shadow Line, Primo
Sir Antony Sher, KBE is a South African-born British actor, writer and theatre director.

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Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, The Happy Prince, Glynis
Glynis Johns is an actress.

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Cecil Kellaway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Cecil Lauriston Kellaway was a South African-born character actor.

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Tammin Sursok is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Pretty Little Liars, Home and Away
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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Jessica Marais is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Magic City, Packed to the Rafters
Jessica Dominique Marais is a South African actress whose family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia when she was 9. She is best known for her roles as Rachel Rafter on the television series ...more

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Embeth Davidtz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
In Treatment, Shackleton, Citizen Baines
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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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
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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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
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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Janet Suzman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Singing Detective, The Colour of Magic, Labyrinth
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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Cariba Heine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
H2O: Just Add Water, Blue Water High
Cariba Heine is a South African-born Australian actress and dancer. She is best known for her roles as Rikki Chadwick in the Network Ten show H2O: Just Add Water, Bridget Sanchez in Blue Water ...more

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Jeremy Hotz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Just for Laughs, The Newsroom, Married Life
Jeremy Hotz 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 Tonight Show ...more

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Miriam Makeba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
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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Arnold Vosloo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Red Shoe Diaries, Veritas: The Quest
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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Bijou Phillips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Raising Hope
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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Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Sopranos, Lilyhammer
Steven Van Zandt is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member ...more