Louise Saint-Claire

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Louise Saint-Claire (19*-) Actress.


Louise is married to actor Michael Richard; they have two children, Sarah and Jeremy.


She studied at University of Cape Town Drama Department, graduating in 1980.


Louise joined PACT in 1981.

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

Her student productions included The Birds and Six Characters in Search of an Author.

She appeared for PACT in After the Fall (as Elsie) and Filumena in 1981; she starred in A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking for the Market Theatre, worked for Pieter Toerien in Simon Gray's Dog Days (1983), Extremities (1984), played Mary in the original production of Run for your Wife with Rex Garner, and in the The Runner Stumbles (Erna Prindle, 1985). She played the role of Thelma in Pack of Lies in 1985 at the Market Theatre.

Quoted from the From Door to Door programme notes wherein Louise played the role of Mary (Age 12-76) in 2005: 'Louise's theatrical career highlights include playing Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the opening of the State Theatre in Pretoria and Desdemona in Othello opposite Sir Robert Stephens at Maynardville in Cape Town. Other highlights include Lois in Shrivings with Joe Stewardson, First Night, Plastics (1993), Extremities and The Last Trek (1989) amongst others. Louise was recently seen on stage at the Studio Theatre, Montecasino, in Mum's the Word.

Other productions include Genocide (1982), Some Girl(s) (as Lindsay, 2007), For Your Ears Only (2008 and 2015), Glorious! (as the Spanish maid, Maria, 2009), God of Carnage (as Veronique Vallon, 2009), The History Boys (NAF 2011), One Woman Farce (Homan and Saint-Claire, 2013?), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2014).

She was seen on SATV in Geraldine Aron's play The Girl Who Hated Jimmicks and in Ladies in Waiting, a TV play directed by Franz Marx. Louise has also appeared on television in Isidingo, Behind the Badge, Yizo Yizo and The Res and Scotty Smith.

Radio ia another favourite medium of Louise's having spent many years appearing in radio dramas she moved into news reading for 5FM and Highveld Stereo. Louise has been part of the team on Tony Lancaster's Saturday morning breakfast show on SAFM for 5 years.

Louise also works as a vocal and accent/dialect coach as part of Fiona Ramsey's Speakeasy Vocal Academy. Their most notable work being - the films Stander and Country of my Skull and more recently the acclaimed play Nothing but the Truth at the Market Theatre.

Awards, etc.

Naledi Award, award year 2004: Performance of actress in a lead role (play).


From Door to Door programme notes in 2005.

Pack of Lies programme notes 1985


Tucker, 1997.

PACT pamphlet June 1981

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