Respect to these actors who have represented the country in more ways than one.

Just like our hip hop stars, these South African actors have really put South Africa on the map.

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Not only did they act in local film productions and soapies but these actors have also represented us on the international stage as well.

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Here’s a list of some of our local actors who represented mzansi.

Pearl Thusi

In 2016, Thusi was cast in a series regular role as Dayana Mampasi on the second season of the ABC thriller series Quantico.

Atandwa Kani

The upcoming Black Panther film has the entire world buzzing, especially South Africa as it features not only Atandwa Kani but his father, John Kani and Rhythm City actress Connie Chiume.

However, John Kani has been featuring on international movies way before his son stepped onto the international stage.

John Kani has been in movies such as The Ghost of Darkness alongside Michael Dougles and many more.

Terry Pheto

Terry is also no stranger to the international market ever since she and the rest of Tsotsi’s production team won an Oscar in 2006.

In 2013 Terry acted with the likes of Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom then in 2016 she returned to the international stage when she acted in A United Kingdom alongside David Oyelowo and Rosemund Pike.

Remember she also acted on The Bold & The Beautiful for a minute?

Fana Mokoena

Fana Mokoena acted alongside the likes of Don Cheadle in the 2004 film, Hotel Rwanda as Rwandan General Augustin Bizimungu. Then in 2013, he acted alongside Brad Pitt in the 2013 horror movie, World War Z.

Tony Kgoroge

Tony has acted on various international movies which include Blood Diamond alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Honsou. He’s also acted on Invictus with the likes of Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.