3. Charlize Theron
Theron is arguably the most famous actress to come out of South Africa. Because of her good looks and amazing acting skills, she has been able to win academy awards especially for her role in the film the monster back in 2003. According to recent statistics released by researchers and magazines, Theron is among the highest paid Hollywood actresses with estimated net worth of about $95 million, Charlize Theron was born as an only child in Benoni, South Africa on August 7, 1975. She grew up near Johannesburg on her parent’s farm, and began attending The National School of the Arts at age 13. In the late 90s she landed more noted roles in films such as “The Cider House Rules” and “Mighty Joe Young”. It was in 2003, when Charlize was cast in the film Monster that she won The Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe and SAG Award. She earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. This is seen as a good example to aspiring South African celebrities and actresses who want to carve a notable niche in the film industry.