Matthew Ribnick

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Matthew Ribnick (1974-) is a South African actor.


He grew up on the border between Boksburg and Germiston, his father Jewish and his mother a Mormon. He married writer-director Geraldine Naidoo in 2006.


Matthew studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand. Completed a BA Hons in Drama, winning the Marcello Pisanello Award for Best Actor in 1998 and 1999.

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

As a student he acted in Othello (1998).

He worked extensively in industrial and educational theatre and made brief guest appearances on the television. In 2001 did the workshop play White Men in Buckets, then he and Geraldine Naidoo co-wrote and performed the one-man shows The Chilli Boy (2002), Hoot (2005) and Monkey Nuts (2011 and 2014).

Awards, etc.

Comedy performance, male (play, musical or revue): Matthew Ribnick Naledi award year 2004

Best performance in One-hander: Matthew Ribnick: Hoot; award year 2007.


The Citizen, 24 April 1998.

The Citizen, 26 September 2015.

NELM Literary Awards database.

See: Ribnick's website [1]

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