Aletta Bezuidenhout biography, age, background, education, husband, awards

Aletta Bezuidenhout (born 17 May 1949 in Nairobi, Kenya) is a multi-award-winning South African actress. Primarily, she works in theatre and has taken home several awards over the years.

She is also a filmmaker, playwright, and director and is best known to television viewers for appearing in Gods, an M-Net drama series.

She is also popular for appearing in the productions Weerskant die Nag, Committed and Spoon, Lament for Koos, and Mother Courage.


Aletta Bezuidenhout biography, age, background, education, husband, awards
Aletta Bezuidenhout is a Kenyan-born South African actress and filmmaker. Image
Name Aletta Bezuidenhout
Born 17 May 1949 (age 72 years)
Nairobi, Kenya
Gender Female
Nationality South African
Education Drama, BA
Alma mater University of Cape Town
Occupation Actress, filmmaker, playwright, director
Years active 1976–date
Husband Partner Colin Shamley
Tertius Meintjes
Anthony Perris
Award DALRO Award. Vita Awards


Aletta was born on 17 May 1949 in Nairobi, Kenya. Her father was learned. He worked as an engineer. She also worked for the former Transvaal Council of the Performing Arts (Truk).

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Her father understands the importance of education and ensured she has a good academic background. She studied for a BA in Drama at the University of Cape Town (UCT).


Aletta has been married three times. She first exchanged her marital vows with the musician Colin Shamley. Later, she got married to fellow actor Tertius Meintjes and Anthony Perris.


After her academic pursuit at UCT, she began to work as an actress at Kruik. Relocating to a new location, she found a new job at The Company and the Market Theater.

She has worked for several regional councils for the performing arts. It is worth mentioning that she worked for Truk en Kruik. Bezuidenhout later began training other actors.

She made appearances in The Space in 1970 and was involved in The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI, Dusa Stas Fish and Vi, and Treats. The Company, a production company she founded, was established in 1974.

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Her theatre credits include appearing in plays including;

  • Desire
  • Mother Courage
  • Women of Troy
  • Lament for Koos
  • The Minotaur’s Sister

Aside from her acting profession, she has also made a name for herself in the film and television industry as a playwright.

She is the brain behind Silent Envelope, Time of Footsteps, Little Big World, and Angel in a Dark Room.

The popular actress has also worked for the serials Die Sonkring and Orion, The Lady of the Camellias, and Thicker than Water.


Film and TV movie credit

  • Thicker Than Water
  • Weerskant die Nag
  • Die Koningin en die Rebelle
  • The Good Fascist
  • Die dame met die kamelias
  • On the Wire
  • Committed
  • Paljas, Pure Blood
  • My Country My Hat
  • In My Country
  • Curse of the Ring

Playwright credits

  • Time of Footsteps
  • Silent Envelope
  • Angel in a Dark Room
  • Little Big World

Stage credits

  • Klaaglied vir Koos
  • Anthony and Cleopatra
  • Scenes From an Execution
  • Maids

Tv Shows

Show Roles
Charlie Jade Cleo
Known Gods Anesca Boshoff
Vloeksteen Ans Malherbe
Nêrens, Noord-Kaap Kaap – Olivia
Orion Joan van Heerden
Die Sonkring Daisy


Awards Categories Film
DALRO Award Best Actress Klaaglied vir Koos
DALRO Award Best Actress Maids
Vita Award Best Actress Maids
DALRO Award Best Actress Scenes From an Execution


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