Fans, colleagues mourn passing of ‘Rhythm City’ actor (David Genaro) Jamie Bartlett

SOUTH AFRICANS are lost for words after Etv announced the passing on of well-established actor and former Rhythm City lead Jamie Bartlett.

He was 55.

His cause of death is still unknown. 

The English-born South African actor was best known for his roles as villain David Genaro in the Etv soapie Rhythm City and the dodgy Mike O’Reilly in the SABC 3 soapie Isidingo.

The award-winning actor was also a judge on the reality competition show SA’s Got Talent.

Formerly married to acting coach Camilla Walman, the two stars – now divorced – have one child Hector.

He left Rhythm City towards the end of 2019 after his character David Genaro was written out of the show. He made his final appearance on 5 February 2020 when Genaro was shot.

With years of experience, Jamie believed in sharing his knowledge and hosted a masterclass in acting at The Finishing College, an accredited private college in Bramley, Joburg.

“I teach other actors and corporates confidence – things like being comfortable in your own skin, how to leave an impression on somebody, how to speak with a smile in your voice,” he said