Annelise van der Ryst

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Annelise van der Ryst (1948- ) is a South African stage, radio and television actress and and researcher, and a lay preacher.


Confusingly, her name and surname has been spelled in a variety of ways over the years, including: Annalise van der Ryst, Annelise van der Rijst, Annelize van der Ryst, Anneliese van der Ryst, Annalise van der Rijst, Annelize van der Rijst or Anneliese van der Rijst. In addition, she sometimes includes her mother's surname and is then credited as Annelize van der Ryst-Hattingh.


Born on 8 March, 1948 she was adopted (her birth mother's surname having been Hattingh).

She trained at the Stellenbosch University Drama Department, and in later years also completed a B.Phil (Biblical interpretation) at Stellenbosch (2004), and then did an Honnours degree (2010) and an MA (cum laude) (2017), both in Antique Middle Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa.

She was ordained as a Minister of Religion in the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa in February 1994, a position she held till September 2001.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance


She directed The Maids (1970), and performed in Faust, Part One (1966), Die Hartseerwals (1970), When the Saints Go Marching In (1970), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds (1974), Die Goeie Mens van Sezuan (1974), The Anniversary (1975), Elizabeth I (1975),


Die Hartseerwals (1987).


She has worked for Danie Odendaal Productions since 2002 and has appeared in a number of TV series and films, including: Agter Elke Man, Dokter, Dokter (1967-77), 7de Laan ("Matron Netta Nortjé").

7de Laan (TV-sepie op SABC2) as Matrone Netta Nortje, 2000–2019 Daisy de Melker (TV-fliek), 1993 as Anna Cilliers Agter elke man as Sarie van Langhans, 1985–1990 Die Koster (TV-fliek), 1978 as Linda Denyssen


Roles include

Mrs. Jaekel in Skelms (1980), . Sarie van Langhans in Agter Elke Man (1990) Taxi to Soweto, 1991 as Anastasia Theron Blink Stefaans, 1981 as assistent in juwelierswinkel (nie gekrediteer) Skelms, 1979 as mev. Jaekel


She worked as a Specialist Language Dubbing Director for the SABC Johannesburg for 17 years (1980 - 1997), dubbing movies and series from foreign languages into Afrikaans.


SACD 1978/79

Lig, 25 June 2003.

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