Top Highest-Paid Actors In South Africa 2020

The South African movie industry may not be the best in Africa. But when it comes to movie industries in Africa with the highest-paid actors and actresses, South Africa is not one of those you can’t ignore. The industry has a good number of outstanding actors and actresses. In fact, a good number of its actors and actresses have featured in foreign moves. But who among all South African actors and actress, are the highest-paid? Well, this is why we wrote this article, and let’s get to it.

Top 3 Highest-paid Actors In South Africa 2020

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

  • 1. Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

When it comes to the highest-paid actors in South Africa, the first person on the list, is Sello Maake Ka-Ncube. And if you know one of two things about this man, you wouldn’t have a hard time believing he is the highest-paid of all actors in the country.

The 60-year-old has been in the movie industry for a very long time. And only a very few South African actors and actresses can match his acting skills. Aside having acted in the South African movie industry, the man also happens to have acted in the movie industries of other countries. And some of these countries in question, include: the United States, the Great Britain, and Canada.

And as you would expect, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is the recipient of many local and international awards. He has been receiving awards since 1994, and it isn’t uncommon to see him receive new awards these days.

Some interesting works the man has been involved in, include: Othello, The Suit, Smallholding, Raisin in the Sun, The Good Woman of Sharkville, Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner, Prophets in The Black Sky, The Lion King, Aaron, Titus Andronicus, Othello: A South African Tale, Djadje: Last Night I Fell Off a Horse, Taxi to Soweto, Bopha!, The Good Fascist, Wheels and Deals, Dark City, The Rutanga Tapes, and A Dry White Season.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube has ranked as the highest-paid actor in South Africa, for many years. And we don’t see anyone taking over that title from him. Death seems to be the only things capable of putting a new person in that position. In other words, as long as Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is still breathing, he would remain the highest-paid actor in South Africa.

Highest-Paid Actors In South Africa
Jamie Bartlett
  • 2. Jamie Bartlett

Have you heard the name Jamie Bartlett? If you’ve never heard of this name, then you probably don’t know much about the South African movie industry. This man is an incredible actor who is extremely good at what he does. In fact, it’s not a surprise that we have a lot of people who consider him a man born to act.

As of the time of writing this content, the 53-year-old man is ranked as the second-highest-paid actor in the country. And just like Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, the man happens to have featured in a good number of international movie.

It is however worthwhile stating that there are a good number of popular people having the name Jamie Bartlett. For example, there is a popular British author and journalist who goes by this name. In other words, for those who haven’t seen the Jamie Bartlett of the South African movie industry, don’t mistake some other people for him.

There are a number of popular movies the man has featured in. And some of these movies are: American Ninja 2: The Confrontation, Sweet ‘n Short, American Ninja V, A Private Life, Ernest Goes to Africa, Bravo Two Zero, Beyond Borders, Red Dust, 12 Days of Terror, Avenger, Prey, White Lion, Nothing for Mahala, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Just like Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, this man also happens to be the recipient of a good number of local and international awards.

Moshidi Motshegwa
Moshidi Motshegwa
  • 3. Moshidi Motshegwa

Next on this list of the top 3 highest-paid actors & actresses in South Africa, is the lady known as Moshidi Motshegwa. Yes, a lady. The woman is an incredible actress who literally rose from nothing, to become one of the highest-paid in the South African movie industry. In other words, her success in the movie industry is a thing she really deserves.

Of all actresses in the country, the lady has the best acting skills. And we’re yet to find anyone capable of beating her in this aspect. It is also worthwhile stating that this 43-year-old has some involvement in the South African comedy industry. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean she also happens to be a comedian. She rather just help some South African comedian to find unsigned comedic talents in the country.

As of the time of writing this content, the 43-year-old has taken part in a good number of movies. Some of these movies include: Zero Tolerance, The River, Friends Indeed, Gaabo Motho, Flat 27, Generations, Justice For All, Joburg Blues, Behind the Badge, Ke Nnako, SOS, Hillside, and The Lab and Jozi H. We would also like to state that she is a recipient of many awards including the Golden Horn Award for Best Actress.

Moshidi Motshegwa has got a lot of wealth. And any lady who dreams of overtaking her, would have to be significantly better than Moshidi Motshegwa.


There are a lot of South African movie stars who are well-paid. But not everyone of them have enough wealth to make them worthwhile of talking about in an article like this. The three movie stars we have discussed above, are those we believe should be a part of an article like this. In other words, if there is a actor or actress you were expecting to find in this content, it means their wealth hasn’t reached an outstanding level. But hopefully, this list of the top Highest-paid actors in South Africa, is going to change, in the nearest future.

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