Rika Sennett

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Rika Sennett (1952-) Actress. (Sometimes credited as Rika Sennet).


Rika is married to the actor, James Borthwick and they have two daughters, Kate and Hannah Borthwick.



Studied at the University of Stellenbosch.


She has been acting professionally for 38 years, appearing in over 65 theatre productions in all the genres.

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

She began with the Space Theatre, appearing in Strike up the Banned (Pieter-Dirk Uys Market Theatre, 1978), and Die Kersietuin (Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard; PACT, 1979).

She starred as Portia in an Afrikaans translation of the setwork piece The Merchant of Venice called Die Koopman van Venesië, directed by Louis van Niekerk, together with Don Lamprecht in 1981.

Among her other highly regarded performances were roles in Arms and the Man (G,B. Shaw), A Month in the Country (Turgenev), As die Turksvy Blom (Burrows/Barillet and Grédy), As die Kat Weg Is (Pierre van Pletzen) and Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare). Also appeared in Gesplete Tong written and directed by Schalk Schoombie (KKNK, 2003); Love, Loss and What I Wore (2010),

She's been in 10 feature films: most recently as Helen Joseph in Mrs Mandela for the BBC and Roepman released in May. And in 22 television series as an actress or presenter: highlights as an actress include her roles in Agter Elke Man (Franz Marx) and Feast of the Uninvited (Katinka Heyns).

Awards, etc

She won the Computicket Award at the DALRO Awards for her portrayal of Warja.


Tucker, 1997.

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