South African Female Film & Theater Personalities

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 1 Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
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Famous As: First South African To Win An Oscar In Acting
Birthdate: August 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Benoni, South Africa

Charlize Theron is a former model and was an aspiring ballerina whose career came to a halt after a knee injury. However, an unexpected encounter brought her in the world of acting and she went on achieve tremendous success including winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is currently one of the world's highest-paid actresses.

 2 Yolandi

Yolandi
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
South African rapper Anri du Toit, better known as Yolandi Visser, performs as part of the rap-rave group Die Antwoord, which has released hits such as Enter the Ninja. She has also starred in films such as Chappie. She is known for her signature blonde hair and outrageous fashion sense.

 3 Embeth Davidtz

Embeth Davidtz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States

Embeth Davidtz is a South-African American actress known for playing important roles in popular movies, such as Schindler's List and Fracture. She also serves as an inspiration to those fighting against cancer as she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, for which she had to undergo a mastectomy.

 4 Tosca Musk

Tosca Musk
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Africa

South African filmmaker, Tosca Musk, has produced and directed several TV programs, films, and web series. Beginning her career in the early 2000s, she teamed up with Jeff Macpherson to produce the web series, Tiki Bar TV. Her movie, Simple Things, received the California Independent Film Festival Slate Award. She is also the founder of the streaming service Passionflix.

 5 Lara Logan

Lara Logan
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Lara Logan is a South African radio and television journalist. She has also worked as a war correspondent; in 2001, she interviewed General Babajan after successfully infiltrating the American-British-backed Northern Alliance at the Bagram Air Base. Over the years Lara Logan has worked for popular news channels like CBS News and Fox Nation. 

 6 Prue Leith

Prue Leith
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: South Africa

British-South African chef and culinary expert Prue Leith had begun her career with a lunch-supplying business. She later launched her Michelin-starred restaurant Leith's in Notting Hill and a culinary school. Best known as a judge on The Great British Menu, she is also associated with various charitable initiatives.

 7 Alice Krige

Alice Krige
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Upington

South African actor Alice Krige is best known for her roles in Chariots of Fire and Star Trek: First Contact. She played a dual role in Ghost Story and has been seen in a major role in the Netflix series The OA. She has also produced the film Jail Caesar.

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 8 Tanit Phoenix

Tanit Phoenix
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Famous As: Model who appeared as Lilith in Femme Fatales.
Birthdate: September 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

South African supermodel, actor, and make-up artist Tanit Phoenix had begun her career at 14. A sensation in the fashion world, she has graced magazines such as GQ and Maxim, and has also been featured on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions. She loves ballet, yoga, and martial arts.

 9 Cariba Heine

Cariba Heine
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Cariba Heine is an Australian actress and dancer known for playing important roles in TV series like H2O: Just Add Water and Blue Water High. Before establishing herself as an actress, Cariba Heine received training in tap dance, jazz dance, classical ballet, rhythmic gymnastics, and acrobatics. She is also a trained singer.

 10 Juliet Prowse

Juliet Prowse
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: September 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: September 14, 1996

Juliet Prowse was an actress and dancer whose stage, film, and TV career spanned 40 years. She gained prominence during the 1960s by appearing in films like Can-Can and G.I. Blues, which accentuated her dancing skills and her attractive legs. Towards the end of her career, Juliet Prowse hosted PBS' Championship Ballroom Dance Competition

 11 Glynis Barber

Glynis Barber
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Durban

Best known for her roles in Dempsey and Makepeace, Blake's 7, and EastEnders, South African actor Glynis Barber has also showcased her skills in theater, appearing in plays such as High Flyers with Hugh Grant and Killing Time with Dennis Waterman. She is married to co-star Michael Brandon.

 12 Elize du Toit

Elize du Toit
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Famous As: Actor, film actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grahamstown, South Africa
Born in South Africa, Elize du Toit moved to the U.K. with her family at 14. While she initially studied history, she later switched to theater. Best known for her role in Hollyoaks, she has also appeared in movies such as Skyfall and series such as Doctor Who.

 13 Jodi Balfour

Jodi Balfour
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Jodi Balfour is a South African actress whose portrayal of Gladys Witham in the TV movie Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy earned her the Canadian Screen Award under the Best Lead Actress in a Television Film or Miniseries category in 2015. On 30 June 2021, Jodi identified herself as queer, gaining popularity among the LGBTQ community.

 14 Leleti Khumalo

Leleti Khumalo
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban

Leleti Khumalo is a South African actress best known for her portrayal of the title role in the 1992 musical drama film Sarafina! She has also played the role on stages and on Broadway, receiving an NAACP Image Award in 1987 and a nomination for the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1988.

 15 Sibongile Mlambo

Sibongile Mlambo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 16 Musetta Vander

Musetta Vander
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Model
Birthdate: May 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durban

Musetta Vander is a South African model, actress, and dancer. Over the course of her modeling career, Vander has appeared in commercials for popular brands like McDonald's, Sanyo, Mercedes, Diet Coke, and Heineken. Musetta Vander has also appeared in American films like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Wild Wild West, and Under the Bed.

 17 Lauren Brant

Lauren Brant
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: January 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Born in South Africa, Lauren Brant later moved to Australia. The former member of the children’s music group Hi-5 has also gained fame with her appearance in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! She was also part of the traveling Humphrey Bear show. She is married to footballer Barry Hall.

 18 Louise Barnes

Louise Barnes
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Famous As: Film actor, Television actor, Stage actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal

 19 Sandra Prinsloo

Sandra Prinsloo
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: September 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Africa

 20 Anneline Kriel

Anneline Kriel
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Film actor, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: July 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Witbank

Anneline Kriel is a South African model, actress, and beauty queen. She came into prominence after winning the Miss World and Miss South Africa in 1974. She then went on to become an established model and served as an ambassador for many beauty brands. Anneline Kriel then started appearing in movies, including the 1981 action film Kill and Kill Again.

 21 Janet Suzman

Janet Suzman
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg

 22 Caron Bernstein

Caron Bernstein
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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Film actor, Singer, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg

Caron Bernstein is a painter, model, singer-songwriter and actress, all rolled into one. Born in South Africa, she started modeling for Ford Models at the age of fourteen, debuting in films at the age of 22 with Waxwork II: Lost in Time and shifting her focus to singing at the age of 23. Now a successful portrait-painter, she likes to capture the darker side of her subjects.

 23 Fatima Meer

Fatima Meer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
Died: March 12, 2010

 24 Minki van der Westhuizen

Minki van der Westhuizen
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Famous As: Actress, Model, Television presenter
Birthdate: February 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa

 25 Candice Boucher

Candice Boucher
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Famous As: Film actor, Model
Birthdate: October 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durban

Candice Boucher is a South African actress and model who gained international recognition after being featured on the cover page of Playboy magazine in 2010. In addition to being a cover model for popular magazines like Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan, Boucher has also modeled for Elle, FHM, GQ, and Speedo. In 2011, she appeared in a Bollywood film titled Aazaan.

 26 Angelique Rockas

Angelique Rockas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Boksburg, South Africa

 27 Elsa Joubert

Elsa Joubert
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paarl, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died: June 14, 2020

 28 Yvonne Bryceland

Yvonne Bryceland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: January 13, 1992

 29 Bokang Phelane

Bokang Phelane
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Famous As: Actress, producer, scriptwriter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Lesotho