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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.
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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

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Nationality: United 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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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Jesus of Nazareth, The Golden Bowl, Strumpet City

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: Ireland, 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.
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Basil Rathbone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
The Arthur Murray Party

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: United 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 ...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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: United 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 ...more

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa

Birthplace: Chobham, United Kingdom

Nationality: England, South Africa

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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Alice Krige is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
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Birthplace: Upington, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...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

Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Nationality: England, South Africa

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 ...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

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

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 ...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

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: Canada, 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
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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

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: South 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 ...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

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: United 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 ...more
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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

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: Wales, 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 ...more
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Cecil Kellaway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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 ...more
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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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: Australia, 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, ...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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: Australia, 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 ...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

Birthplace: Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United 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
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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: United States of America, South Africa

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 ...more

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa

Birthplace: Mvezo, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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 ...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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: United 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, ...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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: Australia, 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 ...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

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: Canada, 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, ...more

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Miriam Makeba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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

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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

Birthplace: South Africa, Pretoria

Nationality: United 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 ...more
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Bijou Phillips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from South Africa
Raising Hope

Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America

Nationality: United 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 ...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

Birthplace: Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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