Helene Truter is one of the creative minds behind some of South Africa’s leading local dramas. She is best known for writing scripts for Generations, Hart van Staal, and Bergeertes. Helene has also starred in popular local soapies, including Swartwater, Erfsondes, Home Affairs, and Huis Lelieveld.
Helene Truter has been in the film industry for more than 30 years, and her flame continues to shine. The biography of Helene Truter below to know more about her life and career.
- Full name: Helene Truter
- Helene Truter date of birth: 13th October
- Helene Truter age: Not known
- Nationality: South African
- Marital status: Married
- Profession: Actress, screenwriter, director
Helene Truter biography
How old is Helene Truter? Helene Truter's birthday is celebrated on 13th October. However, the actress’s age is still a mystery since her year of birth is yet to be revealed to the public.
Is Helene Truter married?
The veteran actress is married to Percy Pretorius, a South African actor and script editor. They have a daughter called Jana Pretorius, a graduate of the Stellebosch Academy of Photography and Design. Helene Truter's family owns a vintage Helene Truter shop in Hermanus called Amulet.
Helene Truter film career
Helene started her film and TV career in the eighties. Her role as Poppie on Vetkoekpaleis, an SABC 2 sitcom, from 1998 to 2005 was one of her earliest projects.
In the early 90s, she was a scriptwriter for Egoli – Piek van Goud where she wrote 300 scripts. She later joined Generations in 1997 as an assistant head writer, and in 2001, she was made the telenovela’s head writer.
Other television shows that the actress has worked on as a head writer and creator include the following:
- Hart van Staal on kykET and later on M-NET as a co-writer
- Begeertes on kykET as a headwriter and co-writer
- Erfsondes as a co-creator
- Swartwater on SABC 2 as a head writer and creator
Helene Truter has had several roles on South African TV shows. Some of them are listed below.
- Alies Malan (Season 1) as Mevrou Goosen
- Amalia (Season 1 and 2) as Tina Wilsenach
- Die Boekklub (Season 2) as Orpa
- Die Boland Moorde (Season 2) as Hannah
- Die Byl (Season 2) as Louise du Preez
- Die Kasteel (Season 1) as Bettie Viljoen
- Die Sonkring (Season 1 and 2) as Christine Bruwer
- Erfsondes (Season 4) as Elna
- Fynskrif (Season 2 and 3) as Jana
- Huis Lelieveld (Season 1 and 2) from 2019 to 2020 as Poppie Delport
- Swartwater (Season 1 to 3) as Meisie van Rensburg
- Vallei van Sluiers (Season 3 and 4) as a psychologist
- Vir Altyd (2016) as Ronel
- A Paw-Paw for My Darling (2016) as Huiie Holzapfel
- The Pro (2015) as Elize Nothnagel
- Klein Karoo (2013) as Hermientjie
- Running Riot (2006) Celeste Wentzel
- Vetkoek-Palace (1996) as Poppie Delport
- Lipstiek Dipstiek (1994) as Poppie
- Who Laughs Last (1986) as Hester Bentley
Helene Truter nominations
Helene has over 30 years of experience in the South African film and television industry. The actress has been recognised several times for her contribution, and the following are some of the nominations she has received.
- SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Drama (Swartwater in 2015 and Inconceivable in 2021)
- SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama (Home Affairs in 2011)
- SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy (Laugh Out Loud in 2007)
- SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in scriptwriting in a TV comedy (Gabriel in 2007)
Helene Truter’s iconic contribution to film and television has ensured the growth of South Africa’s entertainment. Through her and other actors, the Mzansi culture has been preserved and celebrated not only locally but across the world.
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