BET to hold auditions in Johannesburg for its show “TOP ACTOR”


Johannesburg: Just a few days remain until auditions for BET hit reality show Top Actor Africa arrives in Johannesburg, on the hunt for the hottest acting talent in South Africa. Come along and show off your acting skills at the Urban Brew Studios, Johannesburg on Wednesday, 14 October and you could be starring in series 2 of Top Actor Africa, the TV series that puts a dramatic new spin on the reality genre.

BET (DStv channel 129) is looking for talented actors of every description – from heart-throb heroes and leading ladies to villains and femme fatales. Whether you have had previous experience or not doesn’t matter – we are looking for fearless, strong personalities, full of ambition and confidence, who will do what it takes to be Africa’s Top Actor.

Launched earlier this year, BET is the sister channel to MTV Base, which played a key role in launching the acting careers of Lupita Nyong’o and Nick Mutuma, thanks to their appearances in sex and relationships drama, MTV Shuga.

If you’d like to see your name in lights, come along to the auditions, and you could be one of 12 lucky thespians competing for the chance to win the title “Top Actor Africa”. At stake -a career-launching prize package that includes US$10,000 in cash, a one-year contract with international representation and access to Hollywood auditions.

Top Actor Africa will test the actors to the limits over seven weeks in nine vigorous acting challenges, taking them through every genre from Improv to Comedy, Theatre, Soapie, Commercial, Romance, Horror, Drama and Action. Along the way they will work with Hollywood and local industry experts including celebrity actors, casting agents, directors, producers, managers and writers.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, “Top Actor Africa is an amazing platform for discovering this generation’s next great talent. African actors are increasingly taking their rightful place on the world stage, and we are delighted to extend this empowering opportunity to aspiring actors across the continent.”

To participate in the Top Actor Africa auditions, you should be between 20 and 30, hold a valid passport and possess a clean criminal record. Candidates must demonstrate a high level of competency in the English language and must be available between 23 October and 15 December 2015. No previous acting experience is required. Auditions are open until 3pm on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October so for a fair chance to audition please don’t be late. For full T&Cs, please go to Successful candidates will be notified after the auditions are completed and all necessary documentation is submitted.

If you can’t make any of the auditions, you stand one more chance by sending a video clip of yourself performing a monologue to the BET Africa Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts, using the hashtag #TopActorAfrica. Go to for terms and conditions, application forms and sample scripts.

Hosted by South African movie star Zikhona Sodlaka (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” & “Generations”), the first season was won by South African drama student Altovise Lawrence, an increasingly popular figure on BET itself, where she now hosts an entertainment news show, BET Buzz.

Top Actor Africa will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv Premium, channel 129), in early 2016.