5 Celebrity Shocker: We’re South Africans!


Get to know the well known actors and actresses who are from South Africa but based in America and Britain.

Here are our top 5 celebrities that you didn’t know were South Africans, some of which are a massive surprise.

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo was born in June 16th, 1962 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. Arnold is a South African-American actor best known for his roles as Imhotep in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Pik van Cleef in Hard Target, Dr. Peyton Westlake/Darkman in Darkman II and Darkman III, Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, and terrorist Habib Marwan during Season 4 of the television series 24.

Charlize Theron

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron was born in August 07th, 1975 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa. Charlize is a South African-American actress, producer and fashion model best known for her starring roles in several Hollywood films, such as The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008) A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Embeth Davidtz

Embeth DavidtzEmbeth Davidtz was born in August 11th, 1965. Embeth is an American-South African actress best known for her screen roles include movies such as The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe as Natasha Lytess, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 as Mary Parker, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Annika Giannini, Mad Men as Rebecca Pryce and many more. She had to learn Afrikaans before attending school classes in South Africa, where her father took up a teaching post at Potchefstroom University. She graduated from The Glen High School in Pretoria in 1983, and studied at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Sasha Pieterse

Sasha PieterseSasha Pieterse was born in February 16th, 1996 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Sasha is a South African-American actress and singer-songwriter. She landed her first major role at the age of 13, as Alison DiLaurentis on ABC Family’s series Pretty Little Liars, becoming the youngest cast member. Upon the success of the series, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming. In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F. which became a commercial and critical success.

Glynis Johns

Glynis JohnsGlynis Johns was born in October 5th, 1923 in Pretoria, South Africa. Glynis is a South African-British actress, dancer, pianist, singer best known for creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for playing Winifred Banks in Walt Disney’s musical motion picture box office smash Mary Poppins. In both roles, she originated songs written specifically for her, including “Send in the Clowns”, composed by Stephen Sondheim, and “Sister Suffragette”, written by the Sherman Brothers. She also received an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1960 film “The Sundowners.”