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Shaleen Surtie-Richards

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Shaleen Surtie-Richards

The Queen of South African soapies Shaleen Surtie-Richards joins us on the couch.

Shaleen Surtie-Richards is best known for her title role in the 1988 film Fiela se Kind, and as Ester "Nenna" Willemse in the soap opera Egoli: Place Of Gold. From 2006, she began judging the Afrikaans singing competition Supersterre. Born in Upington on 7 May 1955, Shaleen was schooled both there and in Cape Town and qualifying as a kindergarden teacher, teaching in both cities between 1974 and 1984. Shaleen took many roles in several amateur stage productions between 1974 and 1981 and became a professional actress in 1984 becoming very well-known through her appearances on stage, television and films.

Her stage work over the last 30 years includes productions by some of the country’s leading directors. She has been seen on stage in all the main centers of the country, as well as London, and has participated in both the Grahamstown and Edinburgh Festivals. Her many TV appearances include single dramas and series, as well as a program presenter. She ahs had recurring roles on two other South African soapies, Generations between 2001 and 2004 and 7de Laan in 2002.               

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