Shaleen Surtie-Richards Biography
Shaleen Surtie-Richards was a South African television, stage, and film actress. She was best known for her starring roles in the 1988 film Fiela se Kind and as Ester Willemse in the long-running series Egoli: Place of Gold.
Born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa, she schooled both there and in Cape Town and qualified as a kindergarten teacher, teaching between 1974 and 1984. She took many roles in several amateur stage productions between 1974 and 1981 and was also active in productions of the South African Department of Education’s Theatre-in-Education from 1982 to 1984. She launched her professional acting career in 1984.
She appeared on stage throughout South Africa and in London. She also appeared at major theatre and arts festivals in South Africa and abroad, including the Aardklop Festival, the Klein Karoo Festival, the Grahamstown Festival, Suidoosterfees, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She appeared on stage in works by Shakespeare, Willy Russell, Athol Fugard, and Pieter-Dirk Uys.
She had a starring role in the M-Net soap opera Egoli: Place Of Gold. She also appeared in a number other South African television programmes, including the soap opera’s 7de Laan, Villa Rosa, and Generations.
She played starring or supporting roles in the following films: Fiela se Kind (1988), Mama Jack (2005), Egoli: Afrikaners Is Plesierig (2010), Knysna (2014), Treurgrond (2015), Twee Grade van Moord (2016), and Vaselinetjie (2017). In 2000, she hosted her own talk show, Shaleen, on South Africa’s M-Net channel. She was also a judge on the reality competition television series Supersterre from 2006-2010.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards Age
Shaleen was born on 7 May 1955, in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa. She died on 7 June 2021, at age 66.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards Husband
Was Shaleen Surtie-Richards married? She was unmarried. In 2017, Shaleen told TshisaLIVE: “I know a lot has been said about my love life but the truth is I am far too old and far too busy to have a boyfriend right now.”
She added that she had not given up on love but was in no hurry to go chasing after it either. “I have been in a number of bad relationships and so I am in no rush to get a new husband or anything like that. I am working hard and if the right man comes‚ then so be it. But I’m starting to think he will have to fall from the sky for that to happen,” she said.
In 2016, it was reported that she was dating a young businessman after pictures of the veteran actress looking loved-up with a mystery guy sparked massive speculation on whether the two were a thing. She later denied this‚ saying that the pair were just friends.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards Family
Her father was a school principal, and her mother was a teacher. As a child, when a local music school would not admit her because of her colour, her father bought her a piano and hired a teacher. She also took ballet and tennis classes.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards Death
The veteran actress died on 7 June 2021, at the age of 66. The actress was found dead in a guest house in Cape Town, according to a report by Netwerk24. “She’s been struggling with her health lately. She’s had complications with her lungs and has struggled to breath, but the cause of her death is not yet known. She was in Cape Town to film scenes for the kykNET telenovela, Arendsvlei,” actress Lizz Meiring told Netwerk24.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards Cause of Death
Shaleen Surtie-Richards’ cause of death was not revealed.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards Net Worth
Shaleen Surtie-Richards’ net worth was estimated to be $1 million.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards Instagram
Shaleen Surtie-Richards’ Instagram handle is @shaleensurtie.