South Africans in the United Kingdom

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South Africans in the United Kingdom
Total population
South African-born residents
141,405 (2001 Census figure)
216,000 (ONS 2009 estimate)
Other population estimates
550,000 (Runnymede 2001 estimate)

Up to 1.0% of the UK population
Regions with significant populations
London, South East England
English (British, South African), Afrikaans

(Anglicanism · Calvinism · Methodism)

Judaism, Traditional African religion, Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Zimbabwean British, Afrikaners, British diaspora in Africa, South African American

South Africans in the United Kingdom include citizens and residents of the United Kingdom with origins in South Africa.


The majority of these people[clarification needed] are concentrated in largely affluent areas of London[according to whom?], the anecdotal evidence being that many are business people working in the City of London. There is, for instance, a South African-born cluster in the Canary Wharf area[according to whom?]. In fact[according to whom?], London has the second-largest number of South African expatriates in the Western world. University towns such as: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Bristol also show significant clusters of South African-born people. Many young people with British family ties have come over the years to work in the UK, including the public services.[1]

According to the 2001 UK Census, 140,201 South African-born people were calling the UK[ambiguous], although most recent estimates put the population (including those of South African descent) at over half a million[according to whom?]. Unlike South Africa itself, the majority of South Africans in the United Kingdom are not ethnically Black, but White. The 2001 UK Census revealed that 90% of South Africans in the UK are White (mainly of British and Afrikaner origin), 3% Black, 3% Indian, 2% Mixed, 2% Other. There are a large number of Jewish South Africans in the UK. It is estimated that 9% of the South African population in London is Jewish, as compared to 2% of Londoners as a whole who would claim to identify with the Jewish faith.[2]

Notable South Africans in the United Kingdom[edit]

Individuals who have migrated from South Africa to the UK[edit]

Name Occupation
Jani Allan Journalist and radio personality
Jade Dernbach English cricketer
J. R. R. Tolkien Writer, author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
Justine Waddell Actress
Elize du Toit Actress
Kyle Edmund British tennis player
Ernie Els Professional golfer and multiple major winner
Gary Frisch &
Henry Badenhorst
Co-founders of websites, Gaydar
Retief Goosen Professional golfer and winner of two U.S. opens
Peter Hain Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Welsh Secretary, born in Kenya, he was raised in South Africa and has South African parents
Nicky Hambleton-Jones Stylist and television personality
Ronald Harwood Playwright
Darren Holden English footballer
Bob Holness Actor & quiz show host
Sid James Actor most famous for starring in the Carry On series of films
Michael Lumb English cricketer
Bongani Khumalo Professional footballer
Doreen Mantle Actress
Steven Pienaar Professional footballer
Kevin Pietersen Former England cricket team Captain
Matt Prior English cricketer
Lucas Radebe Former long-serving Leeds United FC defender
Tokelo Rantie Professional footballer
Justin Rose English golfer, winner of the 2013 U.S. Open
Jason Roy English cricketer
Sir Antony Sher Actor & novelist
Mark Shuttleworth Billionaire, space tourist and software developer (holds dual citizenship)
Cameron Norrie Tennis player
Caspar Lee YouTube personality and vlogger (Born in London, but raised in South Africa)
Andrew Strauss English cricketer
Jonathan Trott English cricketer
Laurens van der Post Writer & conservationist
Keri-anne Payne 2 time world champion swimmer and Olympic silver medalist

British people of South African ancestry[edit]

Name Occupation Link
Natasha Kaplinsky news presenter (South African father of Polish descent)
Joan Collins actress, author and columnist (South African father)
Jackie Collins novelist (South African father)
Sienna Miller actress, model, and fashion designer (South African mother)
Andrew Lincoln actor, director (South African mother)
Christian Bale actor (South African father)
Andrew Strauss England cricketer (South African father)
Andy Zaltzman comedian, radio personality (South African father)
Daniel Radcliffe actor (South African mother)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw actress (South African father)


  1. ^ "Born Abroad – South Africa". BBC News. 2005-09-07. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  2. ^ "South African in multi-ethnic Britain". [Runnymede. Retrieved 2008-12-19.