Colin Moss

Colin Moss is a South African actor primarily active in South African, British and American cinema and television.

Colin Moss, Idols SA Season 2, 3 and 4 host

Quick Facts:

Birth / Full Name:Colin ‘Cole’ Moss
Date Of Birth:9 February 1976
Birth Place:Johannesburg, South Africa
Age:47 years
Height:1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Nationality:South African
Graduated at:University of Kwazulu-Natal
Occupation:Actor, presenter, stand-up comedian, TV presenter
Years active:1998 – present
Spouse(s):Tamarin Kaplan-Moss (married in 2014)
Parents:Richard Moss (father), Veronica Salt (mother)
Residence:New York, USA and Cape Town, South Africa

Moss was a host of Idols SA seasons 2, 3, and 4 which took place in the years 2003, 2005 and 2007 respectively. He co-hosted season 2 with Letoya Makhene and later on hosted seasons 3 and 4 alone.


Moss kicked off his acting career as a stand-up comedian on the South African stand-up comedy circuit. He went on to perform comedy between acting gigs for many years.

He later on graduated with a degree in drama at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in 1996. He continued acting through some theater productions such as Fat Pig and My Zinc Bed and towards the end of the 1990s, he performed regularly with his own stage programs as a comedian in South Africa and at various comedy festivals in Great Britain and Ireland.

For the next couple of years in his career, Colin kept on working as a comedian and in 2010, he performed his own comedy program at the Stand Up Comedy Club in New York.

In 1998, he made his television debut with the television serie Isidingo where he played the role ‘Stewart Buller’, he went on to appear in the series from 1999 to 2001 with huge popularity.

He then moved to Cape Town and worked as a television presenter for various television shows, including 2001 TV show City Life and in 2002, he became the presenter of the stunt show Fear Factor.

In 2005, Colin played the leading male role in the South African drama Number 10. He then starred in the South African Horror Cryptid in 2006 taking over the role of Mioss Dan Huevelman. In 2007, he joined the South African comedy film Big Fellas and played one of the two main roles; ‘young Jake Holmes’. Within the same year, Moss starred in the British-South African film ‘The Hidden World’ where he played the role of ‘Officer De Witt’.

In 2008, he had a supporting role as ‘John’ in the Italian-French comedy Ex. He then played the documentary filmmaker and expedition member ‘Dexter “Dex” Simms’ in the horror film Surviving Evil in 2009.

Collin Moss and ProVerb in New York
Collin Moss and ProVerb in New York in 2016.

Due to his western looks, Colin has been selected for so many international film roles such as: ‘Officer DeWitt’ in the period drama The World Unseen. The film received critical acclaim and won several international awards. He also played the role of ‘Max’ in a BBC adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love. Colin played the role ‘Kevin Fuller’ in the film Momentum alongside James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman.

In March 2014, he appeared in the ZDF television film Elly Beinhorn. In 2015, he relocated to New York and was quickly signed by The Talent House. Following that, he played a recurring role ‘Justin Boden’ on Marvel’s hit Netflix series, Jessica Jones. He further went on to play the role of ‘Anthony’ in the Netflix’s Black Mirror as well as in David Simon’s series The Deuce. Meanwhile, he made a supporting role in the film Then Came You and the supportive role of ‘Drew Conrad’ in the film Christmas in the Wild.

In 2019, Colin played the role ‘Hath’ in SyFy Channel’s television serial Vagrant Queen, which marked his first series regular role for an American channel.

Personal life

Colin’s father Richard Moss is British-South African and his paternal grandfather was a Cockney (a native of East London), his mother Veronica Salt was from an Irish background. Therefore, Moss has born with a mixed cultural descent of British, Irish, German and South African.

Colin Moss and wife Tamarin Kaplan-Moss
Colin Moss and his wife Tamarin Kaplan-Moss.

In 2014, Colin married South African director, Tamarin Kaplan and their wedding celebration took place in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, south Africa.