Lionel Newton

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Lionel Newton (1965- ) is a South African actor and mime artist.


Married to South African stage director and playwright Lara Foot. The couple separated and Lionel moved to Johannesburg after seven years in Cape Town in 2010.



Trained at the University of Cape Town Drama Department.


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


In the 1980s he began working with Andrew Buckland, and together they performed many of Buckland’s plays, under the direction of either Janet Buckland or Lara Foot-Newton. These include Bloodstream (1992 & 1994); Feedback (from 1994); The Well Being (1999).

Other stage productions include: Savages (1984); Liefdeskringloop (1985); Oliver! (1985); Personal Column (1985); Anatomie Titus Fall of Rome (1986); The Wizard of Oz (1986); Macbeth; Reggie's Roaring Roadshow (1993); Rodney Gets His Gun; Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Thina Bantu - We People (1988); Measure for Measure; Hamlet; The Seagull (1987); Silent Movie (directed by Barney Simon, 1992); Victoria Almost Falls (1994); Hello and Goodbye (1994); Khaya in the Sky (1995); Shooting Billy the Kid (director, 1996); Keely and Du (1997); Ma-Gents (1997); Endgame (1997); Closer (1998): Waiting for Godot (2001); Gums and Noses (2001); Hear and Now (2005); The Tempest (2009); Antony and Cleopatra (2010); The Miser (2012); Pale Natives (2014); Truth in Translation; The Return of Elvis du Pisanie (2014); Eat Me!;


Roles in feature films and made-for-TV movies include: Billy in An African Dream (1987); Dave in Gums & Noses (film) (2004) [1]; Sgt. Smit in Stander (2003); Luke in Forgiveness (2004); John D. Daragon in Mama Jack (2005); Treppie Benade in Triomf (2008); Martin in Jozi (2010); John Wraith in Sleeper's Wake (2012); Jack Hodgeson in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013); Donald in Nothing for Mahala (2013);


South African television credits include: Sorted (2005-2006); You be the Judge; Barney Barnato; Life Begins at Forty; Soul Buddyz; Isidingo; Crossing the Line; Rhythm City; End Game;

Awards, etc

Lionel Newton has won many acting awards in South Africa, including:

Evening Post Showtime Awards, 1994, for Bloodstream (best supporting actor - professional).

Vita Award (Cape Town region) 1998 Best Support Actor, Feedback.

Vita Award (Gauteng region) 1999, Best supporting actor, The Well Being.

The Vita Award for Best Lead Actor for his role as Estragon in Waiting for Godot (2002).


Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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