Famous South African Actors

Find out more about the greatest South African Actors, including Watkin Tudor Jones, Sharlto Copley, Sasha Pieterse, Dave Matthews and Arnold Vosloo.

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 1 Sharlto Copley

Sharlto Copley
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: South African

 2 Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews
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Famous As: Lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band.
Birthdate: January 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American, South African
South African-born American singer Dave Matthews gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Dave Matthews Band. Known for hits such as So Much to Say, Some Devil, and Gravedigger, he has won two Grammys, one with the band and the other as a solo artist. 
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 3 Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo
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Famous As: Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American, South African

 4 Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, South African
Died: July 21, 1967

 5 John Kani

John Kani
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Famous As: Actor, Playwright, Director
Birthdate: August 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

John Kani is a South African actor, playwright, director, and author. He is best known for playing T'Chaka in American superhero films, such as Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War. One of the few South African actors to achieve international recognition, John Kani was included in the Top 100 Great South Africans list, which was published in 2004. 

 6 Adhir Kalyan

Adhir Kalyan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South African

 7 Leon Botha

Leon Botha
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Famous As: Painter, Singer, Disc jockey
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South African
Died: June 5, 2011
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 8 Leon Schuster

Leon Schuster
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Film actor
Birthdate: May 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African

 9 Gavin Hood

Gavin Hood
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African

 10 Shannon Kook-Chun

Shannon Kook-Chun
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Birthdate: February 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African

 11 Henry Cele

Henry Cele
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Famous As: Actor, Association football player
Birthdate: January 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African
Died: November 2, 2007

 12 Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist, Playwright, Theatre director
Birthdate: June 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South African

 13 Lawrence Anthony

Lawrence Anthony
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Birthdate: September 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African
Died: March 2, 2012

 14 Brian Murray

Brian Murray
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Famous As: theatre director, stage actor
Birthdate: September 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

 15 David Bateson

David Bateson
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Dub actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African

 16 Steve Hofmeyr

Steve Hofmeyr
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

 17 Marius Weyers

Marius Weyers
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African

 18 Fana Mokoena

Fana Mokoena
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Famous As: Trabaja como actriz porno, Film actor
Birthdate: May 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African

 19 Zakes Mokae

Zakes Mokae
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American, South African
Died: September 11, 2009

 20 Jason Cope

Jason Cope
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: South African

 21 Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu
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Birthdate: July 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South African

 22 Mbongeni Ngema

Mbongeni Ngema
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African

 23 Danny Keough

Danny Keough
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ugandan, South African
Died: July 23, 2019

 24 Lewis Nkosi

Lewis Nkosi
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: South African
Died: September 5, 2010

 25 William Modisane

William Modisane
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African
Died: March 1, 1986

 26 Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian,TV host
Birthdate: February 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South African

Trevor Noah is a writer, political commentator, comedian and television host and hosts the American satirical news programme, The Daily Show. He has also hosted several other shows, including the late-night talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah. He is an actor too. He has written an autobiographical book, Born A Crime, and has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Emmy Award.

 27 Byron Langley

Byron Langley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South African

 28 Alex Lange

Alex Lange
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Famous As: Instagram Model
Birthdate: March 3, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South African