Marah Louw

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Marah Louw
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Born Marah Louw
(1957-07-17) July 17, 1957 (age 62)
Soweto, Johannesburg
Gauteng, South Africa
Other names Mara Louw
Marah Louw Thomson
  • Actress
  • TV Personality
  • Musician
Years active 1973 - to date
Spouse(s) Bill Thomson (divorced)
Children Moratuwa Louw
Relatives Siphokazi Zokwana (sister)

Marah Louw (born 17 July 1957) is a South African actress, television personality and musician. A longstanding performer with an enduring career, she has graced stages in countless countries across the world, most notably at the Mandela Concert at London's Wembley Stadium. Marah Louw appeared alongside former South African Nelson Mandela during his visit to Glasgow in 1993 and sang at George Square and The Royal Concert Hall. In the 2000s she rose to further fame as the judge on Idols SA alongside Gareth Cliff, ProVerb, Liezel van der Westhuizen and Randall Abrahams. Marah Louw on the SABC 1 drama series Tempy Pushas alongside Sdumo Mtshali, Pallance Dladla, Tumie Ngumla, Khulu Skenjana and Camilla Waldman. Between 2016 and 2018 she starred on Mzansi Magic's The Queen until her much publicised departure.


  1. Evening Times, I sang for Mandela in city ... now I'll celebrate his life, 10 February 2019
  2. Times LIVE, Marah Louw has 'horrific images' of June 16, 10 February 2019
  3. MTV, gareth cliff admits that he spiked mara louw with vodka, 10 February 2019
  4. Jozi Times, MARA LOUW LEAVES “THE QUEEN”, 10 February 2019
  5. TVSA, Marah Louw, 10 February 2019
  6. Times LIVE, Yoh! Connie Ferguson says she's 'praying' for Marah Louw, 10 February 2019
  7. Times LIVE, I felt disrespected, I won't let it go - Inside Marah Louw & the Fergusons' explosive feud, 10 February 2019