Hélène Truter age


Hélène Truter (born 13 October) is a South African actress. She has starred in many productions, but playing Poppie in the SABC2 sitcom Vetkoekpaleis is among her best-known roles. She appeared from 1998-2005.

Truter is the creator, head writer, and actress of the drama series Swartwater. She has spent over thirty years in showbiz and has made many contributions to the SA film and TV industry. Her works have earned her many recognitions.

Hélène Truter
Hélène Truter biography
Hélène Truter is best known for her starring role as Poppie in the SABC2 sitcom Vetkoekpaleis.
Short Profile
Full Name: Hélène Truter
Born: 13 October
Nationality: South African
Spouse: Percy Pretorius
Daughter: Jana Pretorius
Occupation: Actress


Hélène Truter made waves in the movie industry in the nineties for playing Tannie Poppie in the Afrikaans sitcom Vetkoekpaleis. She started to pen down scripts in the early nineties after she became part of the Egoli scriptwriting team.

The actress is credited with writing three hundred Egoli scripts. She became Assistant Head writer for the Generations script department in 1997.

Truter became the Head Writer for Africa’s biggest soap in 2001. She conceptualized over seven hundred episodes and wrote over a hundred and eighty scripts in seven years with the soap opera.

The veteran actress also conceptualized and co-wrote Hart van Staal. The thirty-nine-part drama series aired on kykNET and later on M-Net.

Hélène was the head writer and co-writer of another telenovela, Begeertes. She and Henriëtta Greyffenberg were the original creative team for Erfsondes.

Her film and television credits date back to the eighties. She was the creator and head writer of the SABC2 drama series Swartwater.

Personal Life

Hélène Truter is married to an actor and script editor, Percy Pretorius. The couple has a daughter, Jana Pretorius. She has a lifestyle store in Hermanus called Amulet. She bought the store in 2010.


TV Shows

  • Alles Malan as Mevrou Goosen
  • Amalia as Tina Wilsenach
  • Die Boekklub as Orpa
  • Die Boland Moorde as Hannah
  • Die Byl as Louise du Preez
  • Die Kasteel as Bettie Viljoen
  • Die Sonkring as Christine Bruwer
  • Elke Skewe Pot as Sandra Koekemoer
  • Erfsondes as Elna
  • Fraksie as Deidré
  • Fynskrif as Jana
  • Getroud met Rugby: Die Sepie as Nonnie
  • Home Affairs as Mrs van Tonder
  • Huis Lelieveld as Poppie Delport
  • Lui Maar Op, Belinda as Guest Star
  • Straat as Trix Louw
  • Swartwater as Meisie van Rensburg
  • Vallei van Sluiers as Psychologist
  • Vloeksteen as Nellie


  • 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


Here are some of her nominations:

  • SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Drama – Swartwater (2015) and Inconceivable (2021).
  • SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama – Home Affairs (2011).
  • SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy – Laugh Out Loud (2007).
  • SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in scriptwriting in a TV comedy – Gabriel (2007).