5 SA stars who are making it big overseas
Trevor Noah (PHOTO:GETTY/GALLO IMAGES)
Gone are the days when associating South African Celebrities
with international stardom was a rarity, only limited to a few.
From Hollywood to the world’s biggest club scenes, South
Africa’s entertainment industry stands well represented, all thanks to the
following stars who’ve recently been making major moves across the globe.
CHARLIZE THERON (44)
Net worth $130 million (about R2 billion)
The Benoni-born star put SA on the Hollywood map when she
bagged an Oscar in 2004 for Monster. Since then she’s starred in many notable
flicks, picked up plenty of awards and founded her oof highest-paid actresses,
claiming ninth spot with earnings of $23m (R353m).
Not too shabby for someone who arrived in Hollywood on a
one-way ticket paid for by her mother! Charlize next appears in the film
Bombshell, a real-life account of the toppling of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes
after over 20 women accused him of
sexual harassment. win production company, Denver and Delilah Productions. This
year she made it onto Forbes’ list
BLACK COFFEE (43)
Net worth $2 million (R31 million)
One of Mzansi’s most sought-after House DJs and producers is
gaining fans all over the world. Black Coffee – real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo
– is known for dropping beats in many of the world’s party capitals, from Ibiza
to Miami. Over the years he’s won a bunch of accolades, among them the best
deep House DJ trophy at the 2017 DJ Awards in Ibiza.
Apple Music recently announced he’s one of Africa’s top 10
most-streamed artists of the past four years and his Collab with David Guetta,
Drive, was the top song in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010 he attempted to set a
world record when he DJed 60 hours non-stop at Maponya Mall in Jozi. Sadly, as
there was no Guinness World Records official at the event it didn’t make it
into the books
TREVOR NOAH (35)
Net worth $28m (about R430m)
Keeping us – and the rest of the world – in stitches. The
Soweto-born funny man, who recently nabbed fourth spot on Forbes’ list of
highest-paid comedians, has gone from strength to strength since becoming the
host of Comedy Central’s the Daily Show in 2015. Trevor released a best-selling
memoir, born a Crime, has a special on Netflix called Son of Patricia,
completed a world stand-up tour and has won numerous awards.
Little wonder he’s a regular at many A-list parties these
days, where he’s been seen rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rihanna, Lenny
Kravitz and Lupita Nyong’o. But he keeps in touch with his pals back home and
was recently seen holidaying with TV darling Anele Mdoda in Japan
JOHN KANI (76)
Net worth $6M (about R92 million)
The renowned actor, director and playwright has flown the
flag proudly over many years and now stars in the latest celebrated remake of
The Lion King alongside Donald Glover and Beyoncé. He was raised in the Eastern
Cape and has been active in the movie industry since 1965.
His credits include Sarafina! Captain America: Civil War and
superhero smash hit Black Panther where he played royal T’Chaka. His plays and
written works have featured on Broadway in New York and London’s West End.
Earlier this year he took his latest two-man play, Kunene
and the King, to the UK. He’s a recipient of many awards – he won a prestigious
Tony Award in 1975 – and in 2014 the largest venue at the Market Theatre
complex in Newtown, Joburg, was renamed The John Kani Theatre in his honour
LESLEY-ANN BRANDT (37)
Net worth $2 million (R31 million)
She plays the demon Maze in the hit US series Lucifer. The
ex-Capetonian landed the role in 2016 and in June this year it was announced
the series had been renewed for its fifth and final season on Netflix.
Taking to Instagram, the Los Angeles-based star thanked the
show’s writers, cast and Warner Bros before promising fans she’d do her best
work in the last season. She’s not disappearing though. She will appear in the
upcoming comedy flick Killing Winston Jones starring Richard Dreyfuss and Danny