Jennifer Steyn

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STEYN, Jennifer (1961- ). Actress for stage, film and television.



Graduated from UCT with a BA Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama, 1983 (?).


Joined the permanent CAPAB Drama Company in 1984.

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

Among her notable stage performances are: Lady Macbeth, Cordelia and the Fool in King Lear, and leading roles in Blue Remembered Hills (1986, ), The Two of Us (1986); Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit (Alhambra Theatre, 1987), , Angels in America (Kushner, 19**), Skylight (David Hare, 1996), Sweet Phoebe (Gow, 199*), Apparently- or so I Heard (written and directed by Nicky Rebelo, 1990), Dark Outsider (Anthony Akerman, 199*), The Captain’s Tiger (Athol Fugard, 1998), Copenhagen (Frayn, 2000), Sorrows and Rejoicings (Athol Fugard, 2001), Streetwoman (Herman Charles Bosman, 200*), Green Man Flashing, (Mike van Graan) (2004), The Winter's Tale (Globe Theatre, London, 2004)*.

She co-directed What Annette Said In Her Sleep Last Night in 1996.

Films include The Shadowed Mind (1988), Cry the Beloved Country (Darryl Roodt, 2000), Merlin (Peak Viewing, 19**), Glory, Glory (Peak Viewing, 19**). Television work includes a leading role in the long-running Madam and Eve. In 1998 Jennifer spent two months touring with Athol Fugard in his latest play The Captain's Tiger. She received critical acclaim for her performance as Betty both internationally and in South Africa. Her most recent theatre work includes Anthony Akerman's Old Boys and the take away Shakespeare's production of King Lear where she received outstanding notices for her portrayal of Cordelia.

Her feature films include Cry the Beloved Country directed by Darryl Roodt, Sexy Girls by Russell Thompson and No Hero by Tim Spring. Her most recent television includes "The Principal", "Natural Rhythm" and "Onder draai die Duiwel Rond". Jennifer has been involved in the making of several short experimental films and is committed to involving herself with the development of an independent South African film & television industry.

Awards, etc

1986 Fleur Du Cap Award, Best Supporting Actress for Blue Remembered Hills

In 2004 she was awarded one of the two Shakespeare's Globe International Artistic Residences given to South Africans.


Tucker, 1997. 457.


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