SA Star Shaleen Surtie-Richards, 66, Has Died

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Well-known local film, television and theatre actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards died on Monday at the age of 66.

Surtie-Richards made her name, in the main, on the South African film, television and theatre scene.

She was born in Upington on 7 May 1955 and qualified as a kindergarten teacher, teaching between 1974 and 1984. With a career in theatre, film and TV spanning close to 40 years, Shaleen participated in both the Grahamstown and Edinburgh festivals.

Surtie-Richards went on to star in “7de Laan”, “Generations”, “Villa Rosa” and most recently in the popular Afrikaans kykNet telenovela, “Arendsvlei”.

During the early 2000s she also had her own talk show Shaleen on M-Net.

She was also a pioneer in theatre, having performed both locally and in the UK in various plays and festivals such as the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and Klein Karoo National Arts festival (KKNK).

She won a litany of awards including Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for her role as Hester in Athol Fugard’s Hallo en Koebaai and in 2009 for her role in Shirley Valentine.