8 Facts to Know about Veteran Actor Russel Savadier AKA Dr. Ronaldo on Scandal

Russel Savadier (born July 10, 1950s) is a South African actor best known for Zulu on My Stoep, Bernard on Skwizas, and now Dr. Ronaldo on etv’s Scandal.

The actor has played a lot of roles that are hard to miss in the industry, from local to international serials and movies.

So, in this article, we will look into eight facts about Russel Savadier, including his career, kids, age, and personal life.

Profile Summary of Russel Savadier

Russel Savadier plays Dr. Ronaldo on etv Scandal
Russel Savadier plays Dr. Ronaldo on etv Scandal

Full name: Russel Glenn Savadier
Date of birth: 10 July 1950s
Place of Residence: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Education: University of Cape Town (Diploma in Speech and Drama)
Height: 1.70m
Occupation: Actor
Known for: Dr. Ronaldo from etv’s Scandal, Prof. Ackermans from Isthembiso, Benard from Skwizas; There’s a Zulu on my Stoep
Children: Two sons
Spouse(s): Diane Jacobson
Nationality: South African

1. How old is Russel Savadier

Well, this question is actually hard to answer because he has never revealed his birthdate in full anywhere. However, we do know that the actor was born on July 10, in the mid- to late 1950s. So, as of 2024, Russell is most likely in his early to mid-60s. Other, more educated guesses suggest the actor was born in 1956–1960.

2. The Educational background of Russel Savadier

While we don’t know when he finished his high school education or which school he attended for it, we know from his official agency and CV that he later enrolled for a National Diploma in Drama and Speech from the University of Cape Town. And, in 1979, he graduated with his diploma. So, by 1989, he was already self-employed in acting.

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3. Russel Savadier is married with two sons

Well, if you’ve been wondering if the actor is married or not, we’re happy to tell you that Russell Savadier is married to his longtime partner, Diane Jacobson. Furthermore, in 1995, Savadier had his first son, Matthew, who matriculated in 2013.

Russel Savadier and his wife Diane Jacobson
Russel Savadier and his wife, Diane Jacobson

Thereafter, in 1998, he had his second and last son, Noah Savadier, who is currently 26 years old as of 2024. Moreover, his youngest son studied at Wits University, and he says he’s from Johannesburg.

Suggesting that the Savadier family is based in Johannesburg and has been for a while. Furthermore, his twitter account shows that his current residence is Johannesburg, South Africa.

4. The most iconic credits he has

Russell has been in the industry for a very long time and has so many film, television, and theatre credits that it would tire one to read them. He has worked with the likes of Leon Schuster on numerous films, like There’s a Zulu on My Stoep.

Russel Salvadier and his oldest Son Noah Salvadier
Russel Salvadier and his oldest Son Noah Salvadier

Furthermore, he has worked on mainstream Hollywood films in recent years, including Odd Man Out, Kite (2014), Tears in the Rain (2017), The Bang Bang Club (2010), and Outlaw of Gor (1988). Moreover, one of his most famous roles is that of Ronald on The Bang Bang Club.

But that’s just film; local and ordinary South Africans probably know him from Leon Schuster films or on sitcoms like Skwizas. On Skwizas he played Benard and Prof. Ackermans on Isthembiso. And, as of 2024, he plays Dr. Ronaldo on etv’s Scandal.

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5. How tall is Russell Savadier in real life?

Well, if you’ve been wondering how tall the actor is in real life, we’ve got an answer for you. According to his official CV on Artisteconnection.co.za, Russell Savadier is 1.70m tall. Which is just the average height for South African males.

6. He has played a lot of Doctor roles over the years

For those seeing him for the first time on etv’s Scandal as Dr. Ronaldo, you may think the doctor’s role is new. But it’s not; the actor has been cast for doctor roles many times in his career. Sometimes as a professor, but still someone with a lot of education.

He played Bernard in Skwizas and now Dr. Ronaldo on Scandal
He played Bernard in Skwizas and now Dr. Ronaldo on Scandal

He was cast as Dr. Rhodes on Igazi, as Dr. Van de Spuy on Lockdown, as Dr. Silva on Rockville, and now as Dr. Ronaldo on etv’s Scandal. However, these are just a few doctor roles in the multitude of numerous other roles, including police captains, school principals, professors, and many other diverse roles he has played.

7. Awards and Nominations

Because Russell is an international actor, not a lot of people are exposed to his talent. But because of his marvelous talent, he has secured two acting awards.

In 2017, he won the Best Actor Jury Award alongside Sean Cameroon Michael for their roles in the film Tears in the End. Then in 2018, he was nominated for a SAFTA Golden Horn award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bedford Wives.

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8. Social media and Reachability

Russel is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. While he barely has followers, those who follow him know of his great impact in the industry. On Twitter, he goes by the username @russelsavadier, which is the same username he uses on Instagram. Then, lastly, on Facebook, he is also Russel Savadier.