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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 is a South African and American actress, producer, and fashion model. She starred in early films in the late 1990s, such as The Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young and The Cider ...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

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Trevyn McDowell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Middlemarch, Capital City, Loved by You South African born Trevyn McDowell is a former actress and property developer, who has starred in films, television programmes, theatre and radio, predominantly in her adopted homeland of ...more

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Desmond Tutu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Facing the Truth Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black ...more

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Musetta Vander is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Secret Agent Man, Planet Raptor, Super Force 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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Laurence Harvey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
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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Adhir Kalyan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Rules of Engagement, Aliens in America Adhir Kalyan is a South African actor noted for his role as Timmy in the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.

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Nigel Green is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Adventures of William Tell 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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Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Adventures of Robin Hood Ian Hunter was an English character actor.

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Marlene Dumas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Marlene Dumas is a South African born artist and painter who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the past Dumas produced paintings, collages, drawings, prints and installations. ...more

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Juliet Prowse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Mona McCluskey, Championship Ballroom Dancing Juliet Anne Prowse was an Anglo-Indian dancer, whose four-decade career included stage, television and film. She was reared in South Africa, where her family emigrated after World War II.

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Langley Kirkwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Outcasts, Charlie Jade 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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Louis Hayward is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Lone Wolf, The Pursuers Louis Charles Hayward was a British actor born in South Africa.

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Justine Waddell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Wives and Daughters 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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Faye Smythe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Shortland Street Faye Smythe is a New Zealand television actor, best known for her role in Shortland Street as Nurse Tania Jeffries.

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Moira Lister is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Very Merry Widow 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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Bill Flynn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Case Closed, The Carruthers Brothers William "Bill" Flynn was a South African actor and comedian, perhaps best known for playing Tjokkie.

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Bruce Lester is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Bruce Lester was a South African-born English film actor with over 60 screen appearances to his credit between 1934 and his retirement from acting in 1958. Lester's career divided into two ...more

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Hugh Masekela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Hugh Ramopolo Masekela is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela.

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Lara Logan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Person to Person Lara Logan is a South African television and radio journalist and war correspondent. She is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News and a correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes.

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Hans Meyer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Crossbow, Colditz Hans Meyer is an actor.

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Bruce Grobbelaar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Scully, The Match Bruce David Grobbelaar is the current goalkeeper coach for Ottawa Fury FC of the North American Soccer League. As a player, Grobbelaar represented Zimbabwe at international level and a number of ...more

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Jenny Runacre is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Brideshead Revisited 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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Brian Murray is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Another World Brian Murray is a South African actor and theatre director who was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Stelio Savante is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Stelio Savante is a South African born New York actor, producer, and writer living in the United States. He is a native English-speaker and fluent in Afrikaans and Greek. In 2007 he became the ...more

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Marius Weyers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Good & Evil Marius Weyers is an actor.

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Zakes Mokae is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Zakes Makgona Mokae was a South African-born American actor.