It's difficult to believe that the globe is such a tiny place, and that artists and actresses from the southernmost part of Africa are establishing a name for themselves on a global stage.
South Africa has produced some remarkable talent in many aspects of public life, as well as some history-makers, such as Nelson Mandela. Stars like Charlize Theron have unabashedly brought some African fire and heart to the entertainment industry, with many having defied the obstacles to make a name for themselves. Others have a South African mother or father. These celebrities are proud of their South African ancestry!
Alison DiLaurentis, who plays Alison DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars, is known for her friendly, easygoing personality. She, too, is a South African. Sasha was born in the year 1996 in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2001, she and her family relocated to Los Angeles.
Her parents are also from the entertainment industry, as acrobatic dancers, which is why the family moved to Los Angeles in the first place! Her parents' great break in dance, it appears, was also her big break.
This stunning actress, who plays Jenna Marshall on Pretty Little Liars, is of South African descent. She was born in South Africa and lived there until she was four years old, when her parents decided to relocate to Australia. She's also a producer and has been in Rules Of Engagement and Crossing Over. She has two children and is happily married.
Dean Stanley Geyer
For the first 15 years of his life, this Glee star resided in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then relocated to Australia, where he got a career breakthrough after appearing on Australia Idol.
His song "Change" was inspired by his huge shift from South Africa, a nation he adored but that his family had to leave due to high crime rates. Dean appears to have benefited from the relocation, since he has amassed enormous success in a relatively short amount of time.
Charlene, The Princess Of Monaco
This stunning princess was a member of the South African swimming team and a successful Olympic swimmer.
She was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa with her family in the 1980s. She's now the mother of twins and married to Prince Albert, whom she met while competing for South Africa in Monaco (2000). Charlene, or Princess Charlene, has a natural affinity for royalty and exudes the grace and poise of a true princess.
The great mind behind The Lord Of The Rings series was a South African, having been born in Bloemfontein. Tolkien's masterpieces, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and The Lord Of The Rings, constructed magical worlds of combat and wonder, putting South Africa on the literary map. Tolkien was also a well-known university lecturer.
Who'd have guessed that tennis champion Roger Federer has South African roots? The tennis champion does, however, have a South African mother. His father is Swiss, which makes for an unusual cultural mix, but the tennis player has a soft spot for South Africa because it is where his mother's heart is. Lynette, my mother, was born in Kempton Park, a suburb of Johannesburg on the East Rand.
This Riverdale star's full name has a distinctly South African flavor to it: Madelaine Grobbelaar Petsch. She grew up 'between countries', spending time in both America and South Africa - but continues to have an affinity with South Africa. She has established a good name for herself as Cherry Blossom in Riverdale.
For his performance in The Daily Show, this comic has generated a sensation on worldwide stages. Before landing the part in 2014, he lived and worked as a comedian in South Africa. Trevor grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a Swiss father and a half-African, half-Jewish mother. He is a passionately South African comedian and a true ambassador of the Rainbow Nation because of his unique rainbow blend. He has an uncanny ability to take serious subjects and present them in a new perspective.
Charlize Theron is a proudly South African actress who highlighted her homeland when accepting her Academy Award for her part in the film Monster as Elaine Wuornos. She has acted in major motion pictures such as The Devil's Advocate and Cedar House Rules. She is fluent in Afrikaans and can communicate in a variety of African languages.
She longed to be a ballerina as a child, but acting became her calling. She got her big break while throwing a fit in an American bank, where she had traveled to pursue her ambition of being an actor. Charlize comes from a difficult family, and her accomplishment as an actor is both a personal and professional triumph. It's also something that people of Benoni, on South Africa's East Rand, are very proud of, and it appears that the sentiment is mutual. In her Oscar speech, she mentioned the East Rand town.
Josephine, Sienna's mother, was a South African model, and it appears that her daughter inherited her beauty and passion for the country. G.I.Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra, Alfie, and The Foxcatcher are just a few of the renowned films that have made her famous. She's also been nominated for several prizes, including the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.
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