Lynne McCarthy: A Multifaceted South African Icon

Lynne McCarthy: A Multifaceted South African Icon

Lynne McCarthy is a South African celebrity, actress, model, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, counselor, chef, and television presenter. She is best known for her roles in the popular serials Egoli: Place of Gold and Isidingo.

Lynne McCarthy

Born 29 November 1984

South Africa
Education Philosophy & human behavioral psychology from UCLA
Occupation(s) Actress, model, journalist, television presenter, entrepreneur
Years active 1998–present
Known for Egoli: Place of Gold
Height 179
Partner single
Children None

Personal Life

Lynne McCarthy was born on 29 November 1984 in South Africa. She gained fame for her starring roles in the TV soaps Egoli and Isidingo. McCarthy holds a D.Phil. in philosophy and human behavioral psychology from UCLA. Additionally, she has studied Public Relations and Marketing, as well as Business Management.


After graduating, McCarthy studied acting under Libbe Ferreira and the late Blaise Koch at Sesani Studios in Johannesburg. She furthered her training in voice coaching and acting with Johan van der Merwe at Katinka Heyns’ Sonneblom Studios in Honeydew. She also trained under W. Morgan Sheppard at the Vincent Chase Workshop in Hollywood.

Her television acting debut came in the 1991 popular M-Net soapie Egoli: Place of Gold, where she played the role of ‘Zita’. In 2008, she took on the role of ‘Elize’ in the television serial Isidingo. Beyond acting, McCarthy is a journalist and narrated the documentary Children of Fire. She co-presented the travel show Traveling Africa and hosted her own talk radio show on Radio Rippel in Pretoria.

As a journalist, McCarthy worked as a celebrity and A-list events columnist for Citigaming in The Citizen newspaper. She was also a columnist and resident Agony Aunt for FHM magazine under the pseudonym “MissHouston”. McCarthy is a published author of two non-fiction titles, The 5th Date Rule and Knowing Boundaries. Additionally, she authored Lynne’s Family Cookbook. McCarthy modeled in Europe and America, signed with Ford Modeling Agency in New York. She is currently represented by Stark Raving Management and has appeared part-time in the television serial Big Brother.


Year Film Role Genre
2002 Egoli: Place of Gold Zita TV series
2004 Isidingo Elize TV series

Lynne McCarthy’s multifaceted career and contributions to various fields highlight her versatility and dedication. From acting and modeling to writing and philanthropy, McCarthy has made a significant impact both in South Africa and internationally. Her achievements in education, media, and humanitarian efforts underscore her commitment to personal growth and societal betterment. As she continues to inspire through her diverse talents and endeavors, Lynne McCarthy remains a prominent and influential figure in the entertainment industry and beyond.

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