Dame Janet Suzman,(born 9 February 1939) is a South African/British actress who enjoyed a successful early career in the Royal Shakespeare Company, later replaying many Shakespearean roles, among others, on TV. In her first film, Nicholas, and Alexandra (1971), her performance as Empress Alexandra Feodorovna earned her several honors, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Suzman later starred in a wide range of classical and modern drama as well as directing many productions, both in Britain and South Africa. She is the niece of Helen Suzman, South African politician and anti-apartheid campaigner. Suzman herself appeared in a film that looked closely at the apartheid issue, A Dry White Season (1989).
Janet Suzman was born in Johannesburg to a Jewish family, the daughter of Betty (née Sonnenberg) and Saul Suzman, a wealthy tobacco importer.
Her grandfather, Max Sonnenberg, was a member of the South African parliament, and she is a niece of the late civil rights/anti-apartheid campaigner, Helen Suzman. Suzman has educated at the independent school Kingsmead College, Johannesburg, and at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she studied English and French. She moved to London in 1959.
Her marriage (1969–86) to director Trevor Nunn ended in divorce; they have one son, Joshua.
Suzman is a patron of Dignity in Dying and campaigns for a change in the law on assisted dying.
Janet Suzman’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 Million, according to the list of South Celebrities and Net Worth in 2021.