8 Actors you didn’t know had S

8 Actors you didn’t know had South African roots

Charlize and Trevor aren’t the only local artists making waves internationally.

8 Actors you didn’t know had S

There’s quite a few famous people with South African roots that you might not know about. Some may surprise you so be sure to check it out:

  1. Troye Sivan

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Troye is most commonly known for his role in the Spud trilogy, a movie based on a novel with the same name, also filmed in South Africa. Although he’s mostly known as an Australian singer, actor and YouTube personality, he was in fact born in Johannesburg in 1995. He and his parents moved to Australia when he was two-years-old due to rising crime in South Africa.

2. Sasha Pieterse

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You might recognize Sasha from playing Alison DiLaurentis on the series, Pretty Little Liars. Little did you know Sasha was also born in Johannesburg in 1996 but moved to Los Angeles in 2001 as her parents were a acrobatic dance team who performed internationally. She was also home schooled and graduated at the age of 14.

3. Cariba Heine

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Also born in Johannesburg, this actress and dancer moved to Australia at the age of three. She is known for her roles as Rikki Chadwick in the Network Ten show H2O: Just Add Water, Bridget Sanchez in Blue Water High, and Caroline Byrne in A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne.

4. Tammin Sursok

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Tammin is commonly known for portraying Jenna Marshall in Pretty Little Liars. Her parents traded their South African roots to go and live in Australia when Tammin was four-years-old.

5. Dena Kaplan

Dena Kaplan was born in Jozi and at the age of seven moved to Australia with her parents and sister. She is an actress and a dancer and starred in Dance Academy, playing the role of Abigail Armstrong. Recently she also started to DJ.

6. Dean Geyer

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The Glee star really made a name for himself. He was born in Johannesburg and moved to Australia at the age of 15. He was a contestant on the fourth season of Australian Idol and even though he placed third, he landed a record deal. He also has a black belt in karate. His father Keith Geyer was his martial arts teacher and his grandfather, Stan Schmidt, is apparently a karate legend. He got to use his skills in the film Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown.

Dean’s song “Change” is all about his move from South Africa to Australia. His parents decided to move because of the high crime rates in South Africa at the time. He was also the first person in Australian Idol history to sing an original song! Check out the song over here:

7. Arnold Vosloo

You may remember him from The Mummy, Blood Diamond, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. Arnold grew up in Johannesburg and studied acting at Pretoria Techikon before making his way to Hollywood.

8. Zach Gerard


Alright, you might recognize him from his role as Trompie Theron in the kykNET sitcom Hester & Ester Bester. His real name is actually Izak Taljaard but he changed it after he moved to London. His family still stays on a farm somewhere in SA.

Hester & Ester Bester

He’s had an impressive international career as an actor and can be seen in Now you see Me 2 starring Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe and Jessie Eisenberg. Whilst continuing to be an agency represented actor, photography and filming are his main focus at the moment.