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10 Most Popular South African Actresses of Our Time

Charming and lovely South African actresses captivate us with their exciting and most extraordinary performances. These women deliver exceptional acting and their presence on the screen will leave your tongue dripping and wagging for more action. These actresses possess the aura, charisma and attracting personalities that always keeps you glued to the screen, while some of them are homely, cool, straight forward and simple, others could be described as controversial, energetic, brilliant or smart, whatever category you might want to place them, Below is a list of the top 10 South African actresses of our time that you’ll never wish to miss watching them on your screens:

10 Famous South African Actresses of Our Time

1. Nambitha Mpumlwana

Mpumlwana has always delivered perfect acting from when she acted as a school head teacher in Yizo Yizo. She has performed various roles and with each role she always stands out. She is a potent and fearless woman of value and class and she can brilliantly put you on the edge of your seat every time she acts. Nambitha Mpumlwana wears many hats – as a businesswoman, humanitarian, philanthropist, a charity patron just to name a few, she has played a number of lead roles in movies such as award winning Yizo Yizo I and II, Interrogation Room I and II, Justice for All I & II, Saints, Sinners and Settlers and 7de Laan. She also featured in movies like Lab I and II as Pearl Luzipho, a role that earned her the Best Actress in a drama series Golden Horn at the second annual SAFTAs (2007). She has acted alongside celebrated international actors such as Morgan Freeman in Invictus (2009) and appeared alongside Angelina Jolie in Beyond Borders (2003). Nambitha Mpumlwana was born on 12 February 1967 in South Africa

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2. Nthati Moshesh

With this one we certainly have the most incredible talent. Her performances commands attention and she’ll always draw you to her character. Not only does she depict the character, but becomes the character. She is the type that will make you leave a burning pan in the kitchen whenever she’s on screen. Nthati was born on the 28th of August 1969 in Katlehong on the East Rand. She lived in Katlehong for the first 18years of my life, until the Taxi war started then we moved to Morning Side and then Bryanston. Her parents have moved around a lot. Now they live in Alberton. She is best known for her leading roles in the drama series Home Affairs (2005-2006) and the soapie 7de Laan (2000-2002).

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3. Moshidi Motshegwa

Known as the crazy ‘Naomi’ on SA soapie Scandal, Moshidi is a wonderful actress, fantastic in several ways and what you can call the rare type. Sometimes she can get a mellow and boring role but she will always turn it into what you certainly think of when somebody drops the show’s name. She moulds herself into whatever thing and the realism in her performances only makes the viewers rank her on the same level with top Hollywood actresses for instance Angela Basset, Moshidi won the Best Actress in a TV Drama at the 2011 SAFTAs, also the Lead Actress in a Comedy award at the FNB VITA Awards, and Lead Actress in a TV sitcom at the Avanti Awards but she is perhaps best known for best known for her leading role as Denzela Ledwaba in the SABC2 police drama series Zero Tolerance, from 2003-2006.


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4. Sonia Sedibe

When you speak of a sultry, sexy, faultless and sassy actress, Sonia comes to mind. This is a woman with stage presence that can keep the nastiest heathens alert in a play about God. Her performances are exceptional and she is the type who over-powers and conquers the scene. Sonia is never afraid of challenges thus an actress who truly excels. She is perhaps best known for her starring role as Ntombi Khumalo on the SABC1 soapie Generations, from 2003-2011. Sonia was born in Natalspruit, a qualified PRO, and has featured in Soul City and Muvhango, Mr. Bones and God Is African just to name a few. She married Leslie Sedibe in 2006.

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5. Michelle Botes

Elegant, riveting, enchanting and implausible are some of the words that can define Botes. She is a woman who will give all facial expressions worthy of every cent you pay for your TV License. She is varied and convincing thus can make you forget about any other person in the room. Botes is without a doubt lovely and very talented. Best known for her role as villanious Cherel de Villiers-Haines in the SABC3 soapie Isidingo, from 1998-2007; which she resumed in 2010. Michelle was born in Cape Town and went to Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town where she graduated with a Performer’s Diploma in Speech and Drama (Bilingual) and a Teaching Diploma, her other qualifications include Teaching in Afrikaans, Drama and English, Aromatherapist, Costume Design, Wardrobe, Translating and Presenting

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6. Lele Ledwaba

Lele is one varied actress who can play anything from a strong career woman to a ludicrous blonde. You do not have to give her any second sight in order to believe her. She’s an exceptional versatile woman who speaks with articulacy. Her charming and natural character shines clearly and grows with each character she tackles.


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7. Xolile Tshabalala

This is one most brilliant and strong actress. She is versatile, invincible and stands out in whatever she does. She is a beautiful woman and enthusiastic with her work. She is in her own league and her talent exceptional as well. Xolile Tshabalala is best known for her role as Julia Motene on the SABC1 soapie Generations, from 2002-2005. If you’ve been following the award winning TV series: Jacob’s Cross, you’ll know her as “Busi,” the devoted wife of Andile and sister-in-law to Jacob, the opposite of her popular bad girl role, “Julia Motene,” on the long running soap opera, Generations.

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8. Brenda Ngxoli

Nothing can describe the rare talent Brenda exudes. She is an actress that makes you press the replay button and watch her plays repeatedly. She is a hardcore and her aptitude to deliver great performances is beyond doubt. She is perhaps best known for her role in for her role as Vuyo in the SABC1 drama series Home Affairs, from 2005-2007. She was also nominated for an International Emmy award for her role in 2007. In 2010 she was named as one of the new presenters of the SABC1 celebrity gossip show The Real Goboza for the show’s fourth season, alongside Phat Joe.

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9. Linda Sokhulu

Linda is an actress who came to conquer and does exactly that. She has the drive that would make her get big roles in Hollywood. She’s a real commanding actress on stage and she knows exactly what she has to do. She’s much respected and she promises to continue dishing even greater acting in the future. She is best known for her role in best known for her role as vibrant, sassy ex-hooker Cleo Khuzwayo on the SABC1 soapie Generations, from May 2004 to February 2007.

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10. Connie Ferguson

Connie Ferguson is one woman the viewers have come to admire. Her acting days on Generations really scored her a lot of brownies. Her performances are always amazing; when she had tough story lines she could deliver great performances. Truth is that she learned a lot about acting during her roles in Generations. She currently stars together with her spouse on The Wild.

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The aforementioned South African actresses of our time are what you need to search for anytime you want to watch a nice TV show. These are the actresses that will surely go into anyone’s mind even before going through a list like this.

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