Aletta Bezuidenhout

Aletta Bezuidenhout (born 17 May 1949), is a Kenyan-born South African filmmaker, writer and actress.[1][2] She is best known for her roles in productions: Weerskant die Nag, Committed and Spoon, Lament for Koos and Mother Courage.[3]

Aletta Bezuidenhout
Aletta Bezuidenhout

(1949-05-17) May 17, 1949 (age 72)
NationalitySouth African
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Colin Shamley
Tertius Meintjes
Anthony Perris

Personal lifeEdit

She was born on 17 May 1949 in Nairobi, Kenya. Her father was an engineer. She worked for the former Transvaal Council of the Performing Arts (Truk). She also trained and graduated with BA Drama at University of Cape Town.[4]

She was married to musician Colin Shamley, then actor Tertius Meintjes and later to Anthony Perris.[4]


She studied drama at the University of Cape Town and later started her acting career at Kruik. Later, she moved to the old Transvaal and worked at The Company and the Market Theater. Meanwhile, she worked for numerous regional councils for the performing arts, such as 'Truk en Kruik'. Later she started to train other actors.[4]

In 1970, she appeared in The Space and later involved with Dusa Stas Fish and Vi, The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI and Treats. In 1974, she founded the production company, 'The Company'. In the meantime, she contributed to the theater by acting in plays such as Desire, Mother Courage in 1977, Women of Troy, Lament for Koos and The Minotaur's Sister in 1985.[4][5]

Apart from acting, she worked as a playwright and made Time of Footsteps, Silent Envelope, Angel in a Dark Room and Little Big World. In the television screen, she worked for the serials The Lady of the Camellias, Thicker than Water and Die Sonkring and Orion. Some of her popular films include: Djadje, Committed, On the Wire, Country of My Skull and Paljas.[4][5]


Year Film Role Genre Ref.
1976 Suffer Little Children... Mrs. Becker Short film
1979 Weerskant die Nag Hannie du Preez Film
1980 Die Koningin en die Rebelle Argia Film
1980 Sam et Sally Mrs. Schoppenhauer TV Series
1981 Westgate Myrna Kraft TV Series
1982 Westgate II Myrna Kraft TV Series
1982 Die dame met die kamelias Marguerite Gautier TV Movie
1983 My Country My Hat Sarah van Rensburg Film
1986 Thicker Than Water Morag Murray TV Movie
1990 On the Wire Aletta Fourie Film
1991 Committed Isandra Film
1992 The Good Fascist Prosecutor Film
1993 Die Sonkring II Daisy TV Series
1993 Djadje - Last Night I Fell Off a Horse Film
1995 Cycle Simenon Madame Genève TV Series
1997 Paljas Katrien MacDonald Film
2001 Lied van die Lappop Corrie Fourie TV Mini-Series
2001 Pure Blood Gertrude Film
2004 In My Country Elsa Malan Film
2004 Sword of Xanten Hallbera TV Series
2005 Charlie Jade Cleo TV Series
2005 Known Gods Anesca Boshoff TV Series
2006 Orion Joan van Heerden TV Series
2001 Spoon Olivia Spoon Film
2012 Jail Caesar Julia Film

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Aletta Bezuidenhout: Darstellerin/Darsteller in Serien". fernsehserien. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Aletta Bezuidenhout: Schauspielerin". filmstarts. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Aletta Bezuidenhout Actor". MUBI. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Aletta Bezuidenhout career". esat. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Aletta Bezuidenhout (1)". tvsa. Retrieved 4 November 2020.

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