Birth Place Matching "South Africa" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Charlize Theron

Producer | Monster

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...

2. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

3. Sharlto Copley

Actor | District 9

Sharlto Copley was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Linda Stocks and Bruce Copley, a former university professor. His childhood dreams of acting were put on hold for many years when his television production company was one of few in his native South Africa granted licensing to create content...

4. Musetta Vander

Actress | O Brother, Where Art Thou?

A Dutch South African, Musetta Vander was raised without that most basic of modern conveniences--television! Radio programming, childhood books and weekend trips to the drive-in introduced her to the magical world of movies. It was not until the mid-'70s that South Africa finally got television, ...

5. Alice Krige

Actress | Star Trek: First Contact

Alice Maud Krige was born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa where her father, Dr. Louis Krige, worked as a young physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she describes as a "very happy family", a family that also included two brothers (both of whom ...

6. Tanya van Graan

Actress | Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell

Tanya van Graan was born on December 13, 1983 in South Africa. She is an actress, known for Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018), Zulu (2013) and 24 Hours to Live (2017).

7. Sasha Pieterse

Actress | Inherent Vice

Sasha Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated over to the United States with her professional dancer parents in 2000. She started acting at the age of four in modeling and commercials and moved to theatrical work starring as "Buffy" in her first TV show, Family Affair (2002)...

8. Arnold Vosloo

Actor | The Mummy

Arnold Vosloo was born in Pretoria, South Africa, to stage actor parents, Johanna Petronella Vorster and Johannes J. Daniel Vosloo. He is an Afrikaaner (of mostly Dutch, as well as German, Swiss-German, Danish, and French, descent).

Vosloo quickly established a fine reputation as an actor in his ...

9. Johnny Flynn

Actor | Emma.

Joe Flynn, A.K.A. Johnny Flynn, is an English poet, musician, and actor. He is the son of Eric Flynn, who was an actor who specialized in musicals. As a child, Johnny sang in the Winchester College chapel choir. He knew that he wanted to be a musician after listening to the Bob Dylan record, "...

10. Kandyse McClure

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Kandyse McClure is a Canadian actress born on March 22, 1980 in Durban in South Africa. She graduated from West Vancouver Secondary School in 1998. She is an actress, known for main roles in TV series Battlestar Galactica (2004), Hemlock Grove (2013), and from the movies Carrie (2002) and Seventh ...

11. Neil Sandilands

Actor | The Flash

In 2021 award winning actor Neil Sandilands can be seen starring in Netflix's highly anticipated, sci-fi/fantasy drama series "Sweet Tooth." Based on the beloved DC Vertigo comics by Jeff Lemire and executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., the show follows a boy who is half human and half deer, and...

12. Caren Pistorius

Actress | Slow West

Caren was born and raised in Rustenberg, South Africa with her three older siblings. Her family immigrated to New Zealand when she was 12 where she began acting in high school theatre productions. She went on to study Art and Design at University, majoring in animation and illustration. After ...

13. Glynis Johns

Actress | Mary Poppins

Musical-voiced Glynis Johns is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in ...

14. Jodi Balfour

Actress | The Crown

Born and raised in South Africa, Jodi Balfour spent her early youth working in Cape Town's theatre and television industry. She graduated with a BA (hons) in Theatre & Performance from The University of Cape Town and, after her family moved to the west coast of Canada, began working internationally...

15. Jessica Marais

Actress | Love Child

Jessica Marais was born on the 29th January 1985 in South Africa and moved to Perth Australia at a young age. Recently she moved to Sydney where she has a TV role as Rachel Rafter in the Australian comedy series Packed to the Rafters. She has also recently appeared in the new Australian film Two ...

16. Tammin Sursok

Actress | Pretty Little Liars

Tammin Sursok was born on August 19, 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Tammin Pamela Sursok. She is an actress and producer, known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009). She has been married to Sean McEwen since August 24, 2011. They have two ...

17. John Kani

Actor | Black Panther

John Kani was born on November 30, 1942 in New Brighton, South Africa as Bonsile John Kani. He is an actor and writer, known for Black Panther (2018), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996).

18. Yo-Landi Visser

Actress | Chappie

Anri du Toit, goes by her rap name Yo-Landi VI$$ER. She was born in Port Alfred, a small town on the East coast of South Africa, and was adopted as a baby by an Afrikaans family. Her dad was a priest and her mom was a housewife. She has never met her birth parents. Visser grew up very rebellious, ...

19. Cariba Heine

Actress | Designated Survivor

Cariba Heine is a South African-born Australian actress and dancer born in Johannesburg to parents Michelle, a former showgirl, and Kevin Heine. She moved to Australia at the age of three with her parents and older brother. Her early days included training in jazz, tap, classical ballet, acrobatics...

20. Suanne Braun

Actress | The Princess Switch: Switched Again

South African born Suanne started her career working on South African television and starring in multiple series and theatre productions. Additionally, Suanne worked as a host on the first, independent television channel in South Africa, MNET television. She hosted a travel series "Bon Voyage" ...

21. Josh Blacker

Actor | Elysium

Josh Blacker was born on November 7, 1972 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and writer, known for Elysium (2013), Focus (2014) and The Wall (2015).

22. Troye Sivan

Soundtrack | Boy Erased

Troye Sivan Mellet is South African-born YouTuber, actor, model and singer known for his roles in The Spud Franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Boy Erased (2018). He moved to Perth, Australia when he was two years old. Troye has two brothers and a sister, and was raised Modern Orthodox. In 2018...

23. Kim Engelbrecht

Actress | Eye in the Sky

Kim Engelbrecht was born on June 20, 1980 in Cape Town, South Africa as Kim Suzanne Engelbrecht. She is an actress, known for Eye in the Sky (2015), The Flash (2014) and Isidingo (1998).

24. Justine Waddell

Actress | Mishen

Justine Waddell was born on November 4, 1975 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an actress and producer, known for Target (2011), The Fall (2006) and Chaos (2005).

25. Shannon Kook

Actor | The Conjuring

Shannon Kook was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. His mother is natively South African, and his father is from the Mauritian Islands. He is a classically trained actor from the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, accepting only 12 acting students a year. Shannon also ...

26. Tanit Phoenix

Actress | Gallowwalkers

Tanit Phoenix was born on September 24, 1980 in Durban, Natal, South Africa. She is known for her work on Gallowwalkers (2012), Death Race 2 (2010) and Hardcore Henry (2015). She has been married to Sharlto Copley since February 15, 2016. They have one child.

27. Glynis Barber

Actress | Point Break

Glynis Barber was born on October 25, 1955 in South Africa as Glynis van der Riet. She is an actress, known for Point Break (2015), Blake's 7 (1978) and Night & Day (2001). She has been married to Michael Brandon since November 18, 1989. They have one child. She was previously married to Paul ...

28. Basil Rathbone

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, ...

29. Elon Musk

Actor | Machete Kills

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa as Elon Reeve Musk. He is an actor and producer, known for Machete Kills (2013), Iron Man 2 (2010) and Thank You for Smoking (2005). He was previously married to Talulah Riley and Justine Musk.

30. Thuso Mbedu

Actress | The Underground Railroad

Thuso Mbedu was born on July 8, 1991 in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She is an actress and director, known for The Underground Railroad (2021), The Woman King and Is'Thunzi (2016).

31. Ninja

Actor | Chappie

Ninja was born on September 26, 1974 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Watkin Tudor Jones. He is an actor and director, known for Chappie (2015), Umshini Wam (2011) and Die Antwoord: Ugly Boy (2014).

32. Antony Sher

Actor | Shakespeare in Love

Born in 1949, Antony Sher was raised in South Africa before going to London to study at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art between 1969 and 1971. After performing for the theatre group "Gay Sweatshop" in "Thinking Straight" (1975), "The Fork" (1976) and "Stone" (1976), Sher joined the Royal...

33. Dave Matthews

Actor | Just Go with It

Dave Matthews was born on January 9, 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa as David John Matthews. He is an actor and composer, known for Just Go with It (2011), Mr. Deeds (2002) and You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008). He has been married to Jennifer Ashley Harper since August 10, 2000. They have ...

34. Richard Stanley

Writer | Color Out of Space

Richard Stanley is the award-winning South African-born filmmaker, who made a name of himself with his first feature film, the sci-fi movie Hardware (1990). A low budget movie about a mad-dog android loose in an apartment was released in 1990. Critics slammed it as a Terminator rip-off, yet the ...

35. Louise Barnes

Actress | Reprisal

Louise Barnes was born on April 26, 1974 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She is an actress, known for Reprisal (2019), Black Sails (2014) and Outsiders (2016). She is married to Nick Boraine. They have one child.

36. Ingrid Boulting

Actress | The Last Tycoon

Ingrid Boulting was a ballerina and model, before embarking on an acting career. In 1976 she starred in The Last Tycoon, the last film directed by famed director Elia Kazan, written by Harold Pinter based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood novel The Last Tycoon, and produced by Sam Spiegel.

Boulting...

37. Adhir Kalyan

Actor | Rules of Engagement

Born in 1983 and raised in Durban, South Africa, Adhir Kalyan moved to London to pursue an acting career. He appeared as a guest star on the BBC series Holby City (1999) and MI-5 (2002). Kalyan's first leading role was in the CW's comedy series Aliens in America (2007), in which he played Raja, a ...

38. Nathalie Boltt

Actress | Riverdale

Director and actor, Nat Boltt is known for her dynamism, humor and enthusiastic work ethic. She currently appears on CW's hit series, Riverdale, Ron Howard's The Astronauts and Neill Blomkamp's latest film, Demonic. Known for her acting range she is recognized for both comedic and dramatic ...

39. Dean Geyer

Actor | Glee

Dean Geyer was born in Johannesburg South Africa and immigrated to Australia when he was 15 years old, commencing his schooling in Australia at Melbourne High School.

Geyer's family has a strong connection to martial arts. His grandfather Stan Schmidt was credited with formally introducing karate ...

40. Wendy Wason

Actress | Sherlock

Wendy Wason was born on March 16, 1976 in Durban, South Africa. She is an actress and producer, known for Sherlock (2010), Broken News (2005) and Creeped Out (2017).

41. Dena Kaplan

Actress | Dance Academy: The Movie

Dena Kaplan was born in South Africa and moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 1996. Dena is an actress and dancer who may be best known for her role as Abigail Armstrong in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation television series 'Dance Academy' (2010-2012). Kaplan attended high school in Melbourne ...

42. Trevor Noah

Producer | The Daily Show

Trevor Noah was born on February 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a producer and writer, known for The Daily Show (1996), Black Panther (2018) and Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark (2017).

43. Charlbi Dean

Actress | Spud

Charlbi Dean was born on February 5, 1990 in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an actress, known for Spud (2010), Don't Sleep (2017) and Black Lightning (2017).

44. Cecil Kellaway

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Though a native of South Africa, Cecil Kellaway spent many years as an actor, author and director in Australian live theatre until he tried his luck in Hollywood in the 1930s. Finding he could get only gangster bit parts, he got discouraged and returned to Australia. Then William Wyler called and ...

45. Kika Mirylees

Actress | Bad Girls

Kika Mirylees was born in 1959 in South Africa. She is an actress, known for Bad Girls (1999), The Darling Buds of May (1991) and EastEnders (1985).

46. Gavin Hood

Director | Official Secrets

Gavin Hood was born on May 12, 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and director, known for Official Secrets (2019), Tsotsi (2005) and Eye in the Sky (2015). He was previously married to Janine Eser.

47. Sidney James

Actor | Carry on Again Doctor

The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife ...

48. Peter Youngblood Hills

Actor | Band of Brothers

Peter is the son of an American mother and English father. He was brought up for the first few years in Botswana before moving to the USA where his father attended Indiana University to train as an opera singer. After his parents divorced in 1981 he lived in Tennessee with his mother but later ...

49. Nigel Green

Actor | Zulu

The character actor Nigel Green, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, was educated in England and studied chemical engineering before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon, and in the ...

50. J.R.R. Tolkien

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands ...


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