Charlize Theron, The Mummy‘s Arnold Vosloo and comedian Trevor Noah are just a few international stars with South African roots that we can mention. Here are just a few more well-known stars you probably didn’t know have that little bit of South African in them.


Lesley-Ann was born in Cape Town but emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, with her parents in 1999. 

The actress took a role as the slave girl Naevia in Spartacus in 2011 and in 2015 she won the role of Maze in the FOX television series Lucifer.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe know as Harry Potterstar, maternal grandfather was from here and his mother, Marcia Jacobson, was born in South Africa. Who knew that everyone’s favorite young wizard had ties to the rainbow nation?!

Tammin Sursok

Tammin Sursok was born in Johannesburg and her family immigrated to Sydney, Australia when she was four.

She is best known for her roles as Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless and Jenna Marshall on Pretty Little Liars.

Roger Federer

Roger, currently number two in men’s tennis player in the world was Born in Switzerland – his father, Robert, is Swiss – but he also has South African citizenship. His mother Lynette, is from Kempton Park.

Hugh Grant

Yes, Notting Hill star too, even if it’s by a long shot! Hugh’s paternal great-grandfather was born and bred in the Mother City.

Christian Bale

Christian is another Hollywood heart-throb with South African roots. The American Psycho actor’s father, David Charles Howard Bale, was a South African-born entrepreneur and animal-rights activist.

Dean was born in Johannesburg in 1986 and moved to Australia in 2001. You might recognize this Australian singer-songwriter from shows like Australian Idol and Glee (as Brody Weston).

Adhir was born in Durban to an Indian South African family. His mother, Santosh Vinita “Sandy” Kalyan, is a member of Parliament in the South African National Assembly, where she represents the Democratic Alliance.

He portrayed recurring characters in the fifth season of the cable show Nip/Tuck, and in the third season of the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement, becoming a series regular in the latter’s fourth season.

He also had a minor role in the movie, No Strings Attached.

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