Michelle Botes

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Michelle Botes (born 1962.) South African actress for stage and screen.


Born in Cape Town. She was married to the actor Ian Roberts.


Michelle went to Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town, graduating with a Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama (Bilingual) and a Teaching Diploma in the early 1980s.


Began as a member of the CAPAB Youth Group, Touring the Cape provice presenting literature through Library Tours.

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

As a student she had roles in Lusistrata (1980), The Winter's Tale (1981) and The Ride Across Lake Constance (1983).

As a professional actress she has appeared on stage in Getting Out (1983), Die Proponentjie (1986), Soldate Vryers (1987), James Whyle’s Hellhound (Upstairs at the Market, 1992), Palang van Dwaal (1998), Tot Die Dood Ons Skei (KKNK 2000), Ons vir Jou (2008).

She became a household name through her roles in TV series like Arende (198*), Isidingo (1998-2007) and Binnelanders (2007-).

Awards, etc

She was nominated for an Artes Award for her role in Triptiek (best actress in SABC TV1).


NELM catalogue.Sunday Times Magazine, 2 July 1989.

Pretoria News, 9 February 2001.

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