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
Aletta Bezuidenhout is a Kenyan-born South African actress and filmmaker. Image
NameAletta Bezuidenhout
Born17 May 1949 (age 72 years)
Nairobi, Kenya
NationalitySouth African
EducationDrama, BA
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
OccupationActress, filmmaker, playwright, director
Years active1976–date
Husband PartnerColin Shamley
Tertius Meintjes
Anthony Perris
AwardDALRO 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).


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.

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

Charlie JadeCleo
Known GodsAnesca Boshoff
VloeksteenAns Malherbe
Nêrens, Noord-KaapKaap – Olivia
OrionJoan van Heerden
Die SonkringDaisy


DALRO AwardBest ActressKlaaglied vir Koos
DALRO AwardBest ActressMaids
Vita AwardBest ActressMaids
DALRO AwardBest ActressScenes From an Execution

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