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Jamie Bartlett is a well known South African actor best known for his role as the wicked puppet master, David Genaro on Rhythm City – aired in a number of African countries, including Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cameroon and Ghana.
As eTV put it:
Jamie Bartlett is the guy that many love to hate because of his art in mastering roles of being a bad guy. Jamie Bartlett is an actor best known for his villain character David Genaro on Rhythm City which he has been playing since 2007. Trained in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town and Post-Graduate Master classes with Peter Bridgemont at Chrysalis Theatre Acting School in London, Jamie’s talent has earned him numerous awards for Best Actor. He also did theatre roles which include The Fire Raisers and The Great Outdoors. Jamie also starred in films Red Dust, Bravo 2 Zero, Prey and White Lion.
Jamie Bartlett was born in Maidenhead in Berkshire, England to a South African mother and a British father. Bartlett lived in the United Kingdom with his parents where his mother was a resident. His family subsequently moved to South Africa when Bartlett was a young boy.
Bartlett attended Western Province Preparatory Junior School. After that he attended Rondebosch Boys High Schools in Cape Town and then moved onto St Stithians Boys College in Johannesburg. Bartlett finished his schooling career at Bryanston High School. After high school he attended the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he trained in speech and drama. On completion of his undergraduate degree at UCT he enrolled for postgraduate masters classes with Peter Bridgemont at Chrysalis Theatre Acting School in London.
Bartlett married Camilla Waldman who is famed for her role as Anne de Villiers of the South African TV soap opera Generations where the couple had a son Hector, but the two later divorced.
Jamie Bartlett is a well known and multi faceted South African actor currently starring in Rhythm City as David Genaro, that is aired in many African country’s such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cameroon and Ghana. He started playing his role as David Genaro in 2007. He was the first person to speak in scene 1 on the popular TV series Isidingo as character Mike O’Riley when it was aired on South African television. On the set of Isidingo he acted opposite Hlomla Dandala who acted as Derek Nyathi. In 1997 he acted in the MNET movie made for TV Sexy Girls. He also guest stars in the South African, Canadian Tv series Jozi-H.
Bartlett’s movie career started with American movies, American Ninja 2 and subsequently American Ninja 5 where he acted alongside Michael Dudikoff and Steve James. He also had a supporting role in the 2003 film Beyond Borders with Angelina Jolie. In the 2004 British film drama Red Dust, Bartlett acted in a supporting role of Dirk Hendricks local policeman, opposite Hilary Swank where Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper directed the film. The 2007 film Prey saw Bartlett playing a supportive role as Crawford. Bartlett starred in the 2010 children’s parable White Lion, alongside fellow South African Best Actor Tony Award Winner John Kani and Thabo Malema. His latest starring role is in the movie, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom based on the 1994 book Long Walk To Freedom written by former South African president Nelson Mandela. In the film Bartlett plays the supporting role of Sergeant James Gregory.
Most of Bartlett’s theatre work took place at the Market Theatre where he had strong ties during the Apartheid era. The theatre was founded by Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon in 1976. It was known internationally as South Africa’s “Theatre of the Struggle” and challenged the apartheid regime.
Cock and Bull Story marked the beginning of Bartlett’s professional career in 1986 where he played the role of a gay boxer and won a Vita Award for Most Promising Actor. A year later Bartlett starred in the satire play East in 1987 and won the Fleur du Cap Theatre for Best Actor. In 1990 the actor was directed by Neil McCarthy in Rainshark at the Market Theatre. Neil McCarthy directed Bartlett in Mojo in 1997 also at the Market Theatre where he won the Vita Best Actor Award.
The Great Outdoors staring Jamie Bartlett premiered at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in July 2000, where he played the leading role. This was followed by a lead role in the theatre production of The Fire Raisers in 2004, which toured Switzerland 2005. Death of a Colonialist in 2011 was where Bartlett played an eccentric 60-something history teacher from award winning playwright Greg Latter’s play.
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