Lionel Newton

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




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 ***, ***.

He also performed for Barney Simon in Silent Movie (1992).

He starred in Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye at Upstairs at the Market in 1994.

Stage productions include: Macbeth; Rodney Gets His Gun; Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Thina Bantu; Measure for Measure; Oliver; Hamlet; The Seagull; Antony and Cleopatra;


Roles in feature films and made-for-TV movies include: Billy in An African Dream (1987); Dave in Gums & Noses (2004); 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:

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


Tucker, 1997.

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