Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died

Shaleen Surtie-Richards was a South African actress best known for her title role in the 1988 feature film Fiela se Kind (Fiela’s Child), and as Ester (Nenna) Willemse in the M-Net soap opera Egoli: Place of Gold.

She was also a judge on the reality competition television series Supersterre, from ‪2006-2010‬.

She became a professional actress in 1984 and became very well-known through her appearances on stage, television and films.

Her stage work included productions by some of the country’s leading directors. She was on stage in all the main centres of the country, as well as London, and participated in both the Grahamstown and Edinburgh Festivals.

Her many TV appearances include single dramas and series, as well as a program presenter. She had recurring roles on three other South African soapies, Generations (‪2001-2004‬), 7de Laan (2002) and Arendsvlei (‪2019 – 2020‬).

Her other TV roles included Judy in three seasons of the Mzansi Magic drama series Rockville, Tina on the fourth season of the SABC2 sitcom Fishy Fêshuns and Charmaine, a starring role on the e.tvtelenovela Broken Vows.

Shaleen died on 7 June, 2021, at the age of 66. Her cause of death was not made known.

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