Michelle Botes age, husband, biography, profile, education & Isidingo

Michelle Botes (born in Cape Town) is a South African actress, designer, teacher, and aromatherapist. She is popular for her portraying the role of Cherel de Villiers-Haines in the show Isidingo (1998-2007) on SABC3.

In 2010, she returned to the show and also in 2019 for brief stints. This made her among the longest-serving actresses in Isidingo.


Michelle Botes age
Michelle Botes, a South African actress

Michelle Botes’ place of birth is in Cape Town, South Africa.


She was born in Cape Town, a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast. Michelle Botes is 57 years old.


  • Real Name: Michelle Botes 
  • Date of birth: 12 October 1962 
  • Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa 
  • Age: 57 years old
  • Nationality: South African 
  • Marital status: Single 
  • Occupation: Actor, designer, teacher, and aromatherapist.
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She matriculated at Stellenbosch University where she holds Performing Arts Diploma in Speech and Drama (Bilingual).

Michelle further studied at the University of Cape Town where she received her Education Diploma. She toured the Cape and landed her first role in acting which walked her to the limelight.


As an actress, she has been in the entertainment industry for decades and has achieved a lot. 

According to Briefly, “The villainous nature of her best-known character has been second nature to her and is a huge part of her public identity.”

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She offered literature using Library Tours, during her first job, until she got the role as Princess in Eagles, an Afrikaans show.

She was added to the Isidingo cast in 1998 and stayed there till 2007. 

Later, she joined the Binnelanders cast together with other Binnelanders actors. 

TV Shows

  • Inland Sub Judice
  • Isidingo
  • Lover Under the Arms, 1987
  • Ingrid Jonker, A Child Full of Secrets
  • Palang van Mistake
  • Until Death, We Divide
  • Triptik
  • Kings
  • Eagles
  • Dear Heaven, Genis!
  • Bakgat 2
  • Arende
  • No Hero
  • Liewe Hemel, Genis!


She married Ian Roberts, a fellow actor, at the age of 27. They met while working on the set of Eagles. 

In 1999, they had their divorce after eleven years together. They have two (2) children together; a daughter and a son. After their divorce, they remained friends.

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  • 2002 – She was placed among the top-10 on television for The newspaper Star’s Top-100. 
  • 2005 – Most stylish South African celebrity by Elle magazine, JFPI Corporation and the Sunday Times newspaper. 
  • 2005 – The Duku Duku Award for four consecutive years, including Best “Onscreen Villian”. 
  • 2006 – Woman of the Month by G-Sport. Best Actress for her role in Isidingo at the 19th Annual Avanti Awards. 
  • She, with Robert Whitehead, won the award for Best TV Couple in Isidingo.
  • Won the Crystal Award for Best Actress (three times).


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