Janet Suzman boasts a distinguished career as actor and director in theatre, film and television. Born in Johannesburg, she was educated at Kingsmead College and Wits University.
A vocal opponent of apartheid, she moved to England in 1959, studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), of which she is now vice-president.
Celebrated in the UK, she maintains her links with South Africa, regularly performing, directing and producing works here, including Othello, The Good Women of Sharkville, The Cherry Orchard and Hamlet. Her most recent South African play, The Dream of the Dog, opened to rave reviews at the Finborough Theatre, London, in April 2010.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.