Petru Wessels

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Petru Wessels (1942-) is a South African stage, film and TV actress.


Born in Johannesburg, schooled at Oranje Girls High School in Bloemfontein. She started her studies at the University ofm Stellenbosch, then moved to the University of natal, Durban, where she met and married the actor Carel Trichardt in 1966.

After having lived in Pretoria for about fifty years, they moved to Somerset West in 2013.


She studied drama at University of Natal, Department of Speech and Drama.


Became an actress for TRUK in 1965.

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

Her major roles include those in Die Terroriste (1969), Die Drie Van Der Walts (PACT 1969), Oom Wanja (CAPAB 1972), Die Burgemeester (PACOFS 1973), Die Dagboek van Anne Frank (TRUK 1977), "Anna" in Ek, Anna van Wyk (Pieter Fourie, PACT, 1984). Title role in Christine opposite Ernst Eloff. Acted in Hond se Gedagte. Female lead in Die Groot Wit Roos (Bloemfontein, 1991). .

She and her husband, the actor Carel Trichardt, founded an independent Afrikaans theatre in Pretoria called Die Teaterhuisie in 1995.

Awards, etc


Flikflooie theatre programme, 1991.

Beeld, 8 April 2013.

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