Top 10 Best Actors In South Africa (2022)

The South African movie industry is one of the biggest movie industries in Africa. In this article, I listed the current best actors in South Africa. The South African movie industry has a lot of popular and talented actors which has made the South African industry grow both in revenue and in popularity over the years.

Top 10 Best Actors In South Africa

1. Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

The best actor in South Africa currently is Sello Maake Ka-Ncube. Sello Maake was born on March 12, 1960 (61 years) in Orlando East, Soweto, South Africa before he moved to Pretoria, where he grew up.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is a talented actor who has featured in several movies both in South Africa and outside the country like Europe, Canada, and United States.

Some of the movies he has featured in include:

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Farewell Ella Bella
  • Call Us Crazy
  • The Whale Caller
  • Bopha and 
  • Bridge of time

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube has a lot of awards in his name and some of them include; the FNB Vita Award for Best Performance in a Comedy by a Male which was given to him for his role in the movie; Call Us Crazy, and he also won the Pan African Heritage Broadcast Achievement Award for Drama.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is married with the union blessed with five lovely kids.

2. Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett is another prominent South African actor born on the 9th of July, 1966 in maidenhead, United Kingdom.

This 53-year-old actor rose to fame for his role as the wicked puppet master David Genaro on Rhythm City which is a TV show aired in almost every country in the world. Jamie Bartlett has featured in movies like;

  • Bravo Two Zero
  • Nothing for Mahala
  • The Revenger of 1990 and 
  • Secrets of Silicon

Jamie Bartlett is no doubt, undoubtedly one of the most talented actors in South Africa has won many awards including The Crystal Award for Best Actor for his role in Isidingo, and the Vita Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in The Great Outdoors, to mention a few.

3. Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo is a South African actor who rose to fame following his performance in The Mummy and The Mummy returns,  where he took on the role of Imhotep,  a high priest under the authority of Pharaoh Seti.

He is well recognized for his role as Colonel Coetzee in Blood Diamond and has featured in several TV episodes like NCIS, Fire , and Ice, and Veritas The Quest.

Arnold is an award-winning actor who won the Eyegore Award for his role in The Mummy, as well as a nomination for the Blockbuster Award for Favorite Villain for his work in The Mummy, which he lost to Mike Myers from Austin Powers

4. Sharlto Copley

Sharlto Copley is number four on the list. If you saw the Oscar-nominated science fiction picture District 9, in which he played the role of Wikus Van Der Merwe, you’ll recognize this name. 

In the 2010 adaption of The A-Team, he played the role of Howling Mad Mudrock. Elysium and Chappie are two other significant films in which this outstanding actor has appeared. For his work in District 9, Sharlto has been nominated for a lot of awards, including the IGN Summer Movie Awards for Favorite Hero. 

5. Shona Ferguson

Shona Ferguson is number five on our list. Shona Ferguson is a veteran actor in the South African film industry and is best known for his role as Dr. Lebua in the soap opera Dr. Lebua.

He has also featured in other movies like The Wild, Rockville, and Mrs. Mandela.

6. Menzi Ngubane

Menzi Ngubane is a 55-year-old South African actor who is well known for his role in the movie, Generations, where he played the role of Sibusiso Dlomo, the villain.

Generation is one of the most popular soap operas in the South Africa movie industry. Following his, Menzi Ngubane has also featured in tv shows like Yizo Yizo, Ashes to Ashes, and Gold Diggers.

Menzi Ngubane is another award-winning actor and has received numerous awards, which include the Avanti Award for Best Actor for his role in uBambolwami, just to mention a few.

7. Dladla Pallance

Dladla Pallance Is a multi-award-winning actor, who was the second-best actor in the second season of Class Act.

Dladla Pallance who already has a lot of awards to his name is a rising star in the South African film industry. 

The 27-year-old has participated in several shows, including Isibaya, Rhythm City, and Intersexions. Pallance was named Best African Actor at the New Vision International Film Festival for his part in the Netflix series Shadow. 

He also received the Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice, for his roles in 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls in 2013 and Isibaya in 2018.

8. John Kani 

The eight-person on our list is an actor, director, and movie producer, John Kani.

John is a South African-born actor who is well known for his role as T’Chaka in Black Panther, and Rafiki in The Lion King.

John Kani has a lot of awards in his name, and this includes the Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, and the Golden Horn Lifetime Achievement Award, just to mention a few.

9. Sean Cameron Michael

Ninth on our list is another prominent actor who goes by the name, Sean Cameron Michael.

Sean Cameron Michael is a multiple award-winning actor, who is considered to be the most successful African actor in the Hollywood industry.

Sean Cameron Michael is known for his roles in some movies like; Shooter and most recently Midas, and The Mummy.

Sean Cameron Michael has won a lot of awards including the Jury Award for Best Actor, the Feature Film Cast and Crew Award for Best Lead Actor, and other American nominations.

10. Nick Boraine

Nick Boraine is the last actor on our list. The talented actor has featured in over 20 movies and some of his popular movies include; Promised Land, In My Country, Hillside, and The Mating Game to mention a few.

The 48-year-old South African actor has a lot of awards in his name which includes the SAFTA Golden Horn award just to mention a few.



Here you have it, the list of our top ten best actors in South Africa. Who is your favorite among these actors? let us know in the comment section.

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