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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.
  • Charlize Theron1

    Charlize Theron

    Arrested Development, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    BirthplaceSouth Africa, Benoni, Gauteng

    NationalityUnited States of America, South Africa

    Charlize Theron ( shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; Afrikaans: [ʃarˈlis trɔn]; born 7 August 1975) is a...  more

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  • Cyril Cusack2

    Cyril Cusack

    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...  more
  • Basil Rathbone3

    Basil Rathbone

    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...  more

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  • Sasha Pieterse4

    Sasha Pieterse

    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...  more

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  • Peter Gabriel5
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  • Alice Krige6

    Alice Krige

    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...  more
  • Stratford Johns7

    Stratford Johns

    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,...  more
  • Sid James8

    Sid James

    Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On Laughing

    BirthplaceSouth Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, South Africa

    Sidney "Sid" James (born Solomon Joel Cohen; 8 May 1913 – 26 April 1976) was a British...  more

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  • Kandyse McClure9

    Kandyse McClure

    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...  more
  • Glynis Barber10

    Glynis Barber

    EastEnders, Blake's 7

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,South Africa

    Glynis Barber (born Glynis van der Riet; 25 October 1955) is a South African actress. She is...  more
  • Antony Sher11

    Antony Sher

    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...  more
  • Glynis Johns12

    Glynis Johns

    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,...  more
  • Cecil Kellaway13
    Cecil Lauriston Kellaway (22 August 1890 – 28 February 1973) was a British/South African...  more
  • Tammin Sursok14

    Tammin Sursok

    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...  more
  • Jessica Marais15

    Jessica Marais

    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...  more
  • Embeth Davidtz16

    Embeth Davidtz

    In Treatment, Shackleton

    BirthplaceFairfield Township, Lafayette, Indiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, South Africa

    Embeth Jean Davidtz (born August 11, 1965) is a South African-American actress. Her screen...  more
  • Dave Matthews17
    David John Matthews (born January 9, 1967) is a South African-born American singer,...  more

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  • Nelson Mandela18
    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was...  more

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  • Janet Suzman19

    Janet Suzman

    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...  more
  • Cariba Heine20

    Cariba Heine

    H2O: Just Add Water, Blue Water High

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    NationalityAustralia, South Africa

    Cariba Heine (born 1 October 1988) is a South African-born Australian actress and dancer. She...  more
  • Jeremy Hotz21

    Jeremy Hotz

    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...  more

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  • Miriam Makeba22
    Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South...  more
  • Arnold Vosloo23

    Arnold Vosloo

    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...  more
  • Bijou Phillips24

    Bijou Phillips

    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...  more

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  • Steven Van Zandt25

    Steven Van Zandt

    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,...  more

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