Beautiful and talented South African actresses who light up movies and TV

When we hear about South Africa the fight against racism, apartheid and wild animals always comes to mind, but in this post we will see that the country is also where the most beautiful and talented south african actresses who light the series and films were born.

This is our short list of the most beautiful and talented South African actresses.

Charlize Theron

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Charlise Theron Mad Max

Charlize Theron was born in August 7, 1975 in Benoni, Transvaal, South Africa. A small city in the greater Johannesburg area.The only child of Gerda Theron and Charles Theron. Was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron received an education as a ballet dancer so she soon traveled to Europe and the United States, where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. However, an injured knee put a halt to her dancing career.

Visiting Agents in Hollywood

In 1994, traveled to Los Angeles, and started visiting all the agents in Hollywood, without any luck. But when she went to a bank to cash a check from her mother, became furious when she learned that the bank would not cash it because it was an out-of-state check. She made a scene and an agent gave her his card, in exchange for learning American English, which she did by watching soap operas on television.
She started with small participation in films, like the B-film Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995), but soon after she made 2 great films: Risk Contract (1996) and The Wonders: The Dream Is Not Over (1996).
Since then, she has starred in movies like The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) and The Italian Job (2003). On February 29, 2004, she won her first Academy Award, a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Monster (2003).

In 2017, Theron starred in The Fate of the Furious as the main antagonist of the entire franchise, and played a spy on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 in Atomic Blonde, an adaptation of the graphic novel The Coldest City, directed by David Leitch. With a worldwide gross of US$1.2 billion, The Fate of The Furious became Theron’s most widely seen film, and Atomic Blonde was described by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times as “a slick vehicle for the magnetic, badass charms of Charlize Theron, who is now officially an A-list action star on the strength of this film and Mad Max: Fury Road“.

Read too: Charlize Theron ‘The Old Guard’: Official trailer and poster

Sasha Pieterse

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Sasha Pieterse Family Affair

Sasha Pieterse was born on February 17, 1996 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved to the United States in 2000 with her parents. At 4 years he worked as a model and acted in commercials. His first work on TV was “Buffy” and at the age of 6 participated in Family Affair (2002). She participated in action films such as The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Good Luck Chuck (2007). He participated in the series Dr. House (2004), Heroes (2006) and Pretty Little Liars (2010).

Kandyse McClure

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Kandyse McClure Battlestar Galactica

Kandyse McClure 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 Son (2014).

Alice Krige

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Alice Krige Borg Queen

Alice Maud Krige born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa. The Kriges moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up with included two brothers (physicians) and her mother, Pat (psychologist) . Alice also grew up without television, something which the actress calls a “huge black hole in my education”.
When arrived in England, spent 3 years studying at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1980, Alice made her feature film debut as Sybil Gordon in Chariots of Fire (1981).
She then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and participated in dozens of theatrical productions.
In Star Trek: First Contact (1996), played the Borg Queen, who attempts to assimilate Earth into the Borg collective. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Saturn Awards for that role. She returned to this character in the Star Trek game Star Trek: Armada II and in the Star Trek: Voyager series finale “Endgame” in 2001.

Musetta Vander

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Musetta Vander Xena

Musetta van der Merwe, South African born on May 26, 1963 in Durban. She raised without television, radio and childhood books. It was not until the mid-’70s that South Africa finally got television, and the big black box in the family living room sprang to life.
Her childhood was filled with numerous dance performances including “Giselle”, “Coppelia”, “The Student Prince” and “Showboat”, and, shortly after completing school, she qualified as a ballet teacher herself.
After graduating in Communication and Psychology he moved to Hollywood, fulfilling a childhood dream. In 1988 he married Jeff Celentano, with whom he remains today.
Soon after her arrival she became the perfect girl, starring in more than 20 musicals alongside big names in music, such as Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Elton John. His TV debut was in 1989 in “Put in danger”, and since then has not stopped. Making praised appearances in different series and films, such as What’s Up, Scarlet? (2005). Kicking & Screaming (2005), Mansquito (2005), The Bold and the Beautiful, Forbidden Warrior (2004), Frasier, She Spies and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Lesley-Ann Brandt

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Lesley-Ann Brandt  Lucifer

Lesley-Ann Brandt born in Cape Town, 2 December 1981, South African. Brandt has acted in a number of New Zealand television series and first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
Brandt starred in the CSI: NY episodes “Smooth Criminal” and “Food for Thought”. In 2010, Brandt guest starred on Legend of the Seeker filmed in New Zealand. She appeared in the Season 2 season finale “Tears” in the role of Sister Thea. In 2011, she guest appeared in TNT’s Memphis Beat, Zombie Apocalypse and appeared in the feature film Drift.
Since January 2016, she plays the role of Maze (Mazikeen) on the television series Lucifer.

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