Pat Pillai

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Pat Pillai (19**). Actor and TV presenter.


He grew up in Rylands, Athlone on the Cape Flats. His parents and grandparents had been thrown out of District Six.

.. I come from a family of waiters



In 1991 he was a theatre technician at the University of Durban-Westville.

Became a South African actor and TV presenter best known to television audiences for anchoring's prime time news. Over the course of his career Pat has performed in theatre, been involved in a travelling community theatre group, worked on the marketing of the SABC, Ster Kinekor and the Civic Theatre and consulted with the media as a business advisor.

He's also created an educational programme called Life Colleges aimed at assisting youngsters from all walks of life with confidence problems. He has worked extensively as a broadcaster, hosting many shows and channels in his time. However, he's passion lay in media management, and this is where he intends to devote most of his energies and talents. He is currently Executive Producer for Primedia Pictures and is now part of a team of specialists who are investing in the local film industry, with the intention of owning premier film content and then establishing a global distribution network. Technology is Pat's other passion. He has been with the programme since its inception. In Touch is a wonderful way for him to stay in touch with the latest developments.

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

Pat has played in many productions, including Side by Side Masisizane, Bombay Duck, Mango Leaf Magic, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, At the Edge and 1949.

He has also designed the lighting for numerous productions, including Swami, Bombay Duck, The Lahnee's Pleasure and Boesman and Lena.

On television he had a role in The Syndicate.


National Arts Festival programme, 1991, 37.

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