Charles Pillai

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Charles Pillai (1953-2010). Actor and lawyer.


His first wife was the actress Saira Essa.


He studied performing arts and law at the University of Durban-Westville. He majored in both Speech and Drama and Private Law in 1977.


Actor, playwright, lawyer of great stature, the Pension Funds Adjudicator (PFA) and former financial advice ombud.

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

Played Rajsbansi in The James Commission, and Sydney Kentridge in Saira Essa’s Steve Biko: The Inquest (1985), which he co-wrote.

Professional roles include At the Edge (1990), Christie in Love, Canterbury Tales, The Primary English Class and a musical on the life of Mahatma Gandhi which he helped to devise.

Awards, etc


Steve Biko: The Inquest programme notes, circa 1986.

Sunday Independent, 7 November 2010.

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