BET’s Top Actor returns bigger and better than ever

Reality show expands search for acting talent Africa-wide

Auditions to be held in Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa.

BET hit Top Actor is on the hunt for the hottest acting talent on the continent as auditions fire up ahead of season 2. Come along and show off your acting skills and you could be starring in Top Actor Africa, the TV series that puts a dramatic new spin on the reality genre.

In the coming weeks, BET (DStv channel 129) is staging public auditions in Lagos Nairobi and Johannesburg, searching 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.

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 auditions will be held in Lagos (5-7 October), Nairobi (10 October) and Johannesburg (14-16 October).

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 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.”

Top Actor Africa is open to people from all African nations between the ages of 20 and 30; no previous acting talent is required.  All contestants must 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.  For full T&Cs, please go to www.betafrica.tv.

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. 

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

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