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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is a South African actress, film producer and former fashion model. She rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in the films The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award for Best Actress among several other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. In recent years, she has moved into the field of producing, both in television and film. She received further Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in North Country in 2005, and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Young Adult in 2011. In 2012, she appeared in Snow White & the Huntsman and Prometheus, both of which were box office successes. Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship. Theron was born in Benoni, in the then-Transvaal Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda (née Maritz) and Charles Theron (born 27 November 1947). Second Boer War figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle. Her ancestry includes French, German, and Dutch; her French forebears were early Huguenot settlers in South Africa. "Theron" is an Occitan surname (originally spelled Théron) pronounced in Afrikaans as [tɜːron], although she has said that the way she pronounces it in South Africa is [θron]. She changed the pronunciation when she moved to the U.S. to give it a more "American" sound. She grew up on her parents' farm in Benoni, near Johannesburg. On 21 June 1991, Theron's father, an alcoholic, physically attacked her mother and threatened both her mother and her while drunk; Theron's mother then shot and killed him. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense and her mother faced no charges. Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool Putfontein), a period she later characterised as not "fitting in". At 13, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Although Theron is fluent in English, her first language is Afrikaans.

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Character : Aileen Wuornos

Æon Flux

Character : Æon Flux


Character : Karen Jennings


North Country

Character : Josey Aimes

Head in the Clouds

Character : Gilda Bessé

Young Adult

Character : Mavis Gary

Dark Places

Character : Libby Day

Long Shot

Character : Charlotte Field

Atomic Blonde

Character : Lorraine Broughton

The Last Face

Character : Dr. Wren Petersen


Character : Marlo Moreau


Character : Megyn Kelly

The Old Guard

Character : Andromache of Scythia / Andy

The School for Good and Evil

Character : Lady Lesso

The Old Guard 2

Character : Andromache of Scythia / Andy

The Cider House Rules

Character : Candy Kendall

Sweet November

Character : Sara

15 Minutes

Character : Rose Hearn

The Astronaut's Wife

Character : Jillian Armacost

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Character : Britt Ekland

Waking Up in Reno

Character : Candy Kirkendall

In the Valley of Elah

Character : Detective Emily Sanders


Character : Mary Embrey

The Italian Job

Character : Stella Bridger

Mighty Joe Young

Character : Jill Young

The Burning Plain

Character : Sylvia / Mariana

Trial and Error

Character : Billie Tyler

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Character : Anna


Character : No character defined

The Huntsman: Winter's War

Character : Queen Ravenna

Everything Nice

Character : Michaela (rumored)

Mad Max: Fury Road

Character : Imperator Furiosa

Kubo and the Two Strings

Character : Mother (voice)

Take Flight - The New York Times

Character : Self - Performer

Atomic Blonde 2

Character : Lorraine Broughton

The Addams Family

Character : Morticia Addams (voice)

The Addams Family 2

Character : Morticia Addams (voice)

Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies

Character : Self - Narrator (voice)

The Devil's Advocate

Character : Mary Ann Lomax

Reindeer Games

Character : Ashley Mercer

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Character : Adele Invergordon

The Road

Character : Mother

Men of Honor

Character : Gwen Sunday


Character : Joleen

The Yards

Character : Erica Soltz


Character : Meredith Vickers

Snow White and the Huntsman

Character : Queen Ravenna


Character : Elaine Markinson

Wikus and Charlize

Character : Charlize Theron

Maximum Fury: Filming 'Fury Road'

Character : Herself

The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa

Character : Self

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Character : Laura Kensington

Battle in Seattle

Character : Ella

Hollywood Confidential

Character : Sally

Going Mad: The Battle of Fury Road

Character : Herself


Character : Supermodel

The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus

Character : Herself

That Thing You Do!

Character : Tina

The Fate of the Furious

Character : Cipher

Fast & Furious 10

Character : Cipher

The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome

Character : Herself

2 Days in the Valley

Character : Helga Svelgen

Astro Boy

Character : Narrator


Character : Cipher

Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest

Character : Eli's Follower

Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters

Character : Herself

Charlize Theron Tv Credits

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Character : Self

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Late Night with Conan O'Brien

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Arrested Development

Character : Rita Leeds

Inside the Actors Studio

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This Morning

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The Early Show

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The Colbert Report

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The Oscars

Character : Self

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Character : Self


Character : Herself

The Grand Tour

Character : Self


Character : Self

The Orville

Character : Pria Lavesque

Hot Ones

Character : Herself

The Reichen Show

Character : No character defined

Saturday Night Live

Character : Herself - Host

Goldene Kamera Verleihung

Character : Self


Character : Self

Desus & Mero

Character : Self - Illustrious Guest

The View

Character : Self

Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler

Character : Herself

The Graham Norton Show

Character : Self

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Character : Self

Home Movie: The Princess Bride

Character : Fezzik

Saturday Night Live

Character : Self - Host

The Colbert Report

Character : Self (archive footage from North Country)

A Little Late with Lilly Singh

Character : Self