If you are a fan of Uzalo, you might want to know the real names of your favorite actors and their ages. Don’t worry, I have made it easy by collecting all this information for you in one place. Check out the list of Uzalo actors and their real names below.
List of Uzalo Actors Real Names and Ages
1. Thandeka Dawn King – 46 Years Old
Real Name: Dawn Thandeka King
Character: Lindiwe MaNgcobo
Born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on the 1st of October 1977, Thandeka Dawn King is one of the main casts of Uzalo on SABC1. Being an award-winning actress, it came as no surprise that her role of Lindiwe Xulu (Mangcobo) was acted to perfection. From 2015 to 2021, the female entertainer had viewers glued to their screens as the plot of the story unfolded.
King’s depiction of Mangcobo was well received by the South African public who had nothing but praises for the KwaZulu-Natal native’s acting skills, and needless to say, it has remained her best-known role to date.
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2. Nompilo Maphumulo – 41 Years Old
Real Name: Nompilo Maphumulo
Character: Nosipho Xulu
Nompilo Maphumulo’s date of birth is captured as the 3rd of May 1982 and the entertainer was born in KwaMashu where she experienced a troubled childhood as her family had to struggle to make ends meet.
After she came into her teens, the SA entertainer wanted to join her friends in theatre performances to assist in meeting their family needs but they preferred that she faced her education first. Thus, after studying acting at the KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects, the emerging star went back to acting and before long, started scoring acting roles.
3. Ntokozo Dlamini – 32 Years Old
Real Name: Ntokozo Dlamini
Character: Mastermind Maphumulo
Ntokozo Dlamini’s best-known role to date is playing a Gangster mastermind named Maphumulo in Uzalo; this also marked his onscreen debut in 2015. Though it was his first time, the entertainer’s natural skills came into play and you would hardly believe him to be a rookie as his depiction of Maphumulo earned a lot of praise. Since then, he has been seen in two other productions; Single Ladies and Rhythm City.
Apart from his acting roles, the SA native who was born in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal on the 8th of January, 1991, is also a business expert and a seasoned host. He was the host of the Durban Hip Hop Awards in 2011 and 2012. Ntokozo Dlamini got his International Marketing Management training from the Varsity College located in Westville, Durban.
4. Nokuthula Mabika – 35 Years Old
Real Name: Nokuthula Mabika
Nokuthula Mabika was born in New Germany, Durban on the 28th of July 1988. Having lost her mum at the age of 12, the SA native was raised by a single father alongside seven other children from her dad’s other relationships.
Armed with a BA in Arts and Culture (with a specialty in drama) and another in Drama, Music, and Movement Techniques, the University of Zululand alum joined other Uzalo actors as the love interest of Gangster mastermind, Maphumulo, played by KwaMashu’s famous thug, Ntokozo Dlamini.
Her onscreen life has been quite dramatic being the girlfriend of such a character and Nokuthula did a good job of depicting Thobile to the admiration of fans and the viewing public.
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5. Ncibijani Madlala
Real Name: Ncibijani Madlala
Character: Siyabonga Mabuza
Ncibijani Madlala did not start as an actor. In a bid to make ends meet, he had to start working early in life. After his matric, he got involved in cabinet making and later got employed at a call center. However, the call of the entertainment world was so strong that Madlala had to succumb and give it a trial. Before venturing into acting, he spent a couple of years in training at an MNM talent agency.
The South African entertainer achieved his break-out role during the second season of Mtunzini.com – an SABC1 drama series where he was cast as Samkelo in 2008. He was on hand for the reprisal of his role in the third season. Before the year ran out, the actor was elevated to another level of fame on the set of A Place Called Home – another SABC1 drama series where he played Jabu.
6. Lungelo Madondo
Real Name: Lungelo Madondo
Character: Amandla Maphumulo
There isn’t much to go by on the South African actress Lungelo Madondo as she appears to be new in the game. From what is perceivable, Uzalo seems to be her first and only project since none other is recorded under her name.
However, the up-and-coming actress’ portrayal of the character of Amandla Maphumulo which was recorded in a total of 96 episodes was well received by the viewing public. The entertainer has a presence on a few social media platforms where she interacts with fans. She can be found on both Twitter and Facebook where she is fast garnering followers.
7. Sipho Mhlongo
Real Name: Sipho Mhlongo
Character: Nkosinathi Mdletshe
Sipho Mhlongo is another Uzalo actor whose personal details are not in the public arena. However, it is a known fact that he joined the cast of Uzalo following its launch in 2015. Sipho played the role of Nkosinathi Mdletshe in all 96 episodes and the next year 2016, he moved on to another production titled Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti.
8. Don Mlangeni – 64 Years Old
Real Name: Don Mlangeni Eric Nawa
Born in Soweto, South Africa, on the 7th of June 1959, Don Mlangeni Eric Nawa is one of the oldest cast members of the Uzalo drama series at 64 years of age. The actor is best known for the characters he depicted in series like Sgudi ‘Snaysi, The Throne, and Isidingo. In the first season of Uzalo in 2015, he portrayed Dhlomo in 96 episodes. The Soweto native has equally made appearances in other projects like Abomama, Legacy, and Rockville. Others include Stokvel, The Republic, The River, Zaziwa, and The Estate.
9. Sihle Ndaba – 34 Years Old
Real Name: Sihle Ndaba
Character: Smangele Maphumulo
Year of Birth: 1989
Sihle Ndaba is one elegant South African actress who has graced the screen in several productions. One of her best-known roles is portraying the character of Smangele Maphumulo on Uzalo which she joined in 2015. The female entertainer, who was born in Ermelo, Mpumalanga in 1989 was among the contestants of South Africa M-met’s Idols which was eventually won by Khaya Mthethwa from Durban.
10. Khaya Zulu
Real Name: Khaya Dladla
Character: GC (an acronym for Gay Character)
When Khaya Dladla was cast as GC in Uzalo, he won the hearts of millions of viewers in just a few appearances, leading the series to trend more online. His portrayal of the gay character was unmatched and thanks to his exceptional prowess, Khaya became a household name in SA, earning a nomination in the country’s Golden Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Television Soap.
After the actor wrapped up his roles, fans raised an uproar on social media as nobody wanted him gone, even Uzalo producers refused to let him go and ended up assimilating him into the main show with the name Gamakhulu Cetshwayo for his new role.
11. Bonga Dlamini
Real Name: Bonga Dlamini
Character: Mkhonto Xulu
In 2010, Bonga Dlamini was featured in Isidingo Talent Search – a reality rivalry show on SABC3 where he emerged as a top-five finalist. The same year, he was seen in eKasi: Our Stories – e.tv show as Simon. Bonga appeared in It’s for Life in 2011, was part of isiBaya in 2013, and was featured in Ashes to Ashes in 2015. The same year, he appeared in 10 episodes of Uzalo, breathing life into the character of Mkhonto Xulu.
12. Thuthuka Mthembu
Real Name: Thuthuka Mthembu
The youngest of all Uzalo actors is none other than Thuthuka Mthembu. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 28th of October 1998, the youngster was brought up by her single mother and grandma. After graduating from Umlazi Commercial High School, the blossoming movie star proceeded to the Durban University of Technology. From DUT, she joined the SA School for the Creative Economy, AFDA, on the 25th of February 2020 where she is still studying. From what is obvious, Thuthuka Mthembu is joggling both acting and academics and she seems to be doing it with ease.
13. Gugu Gumede
Real Name: Gugu Gumede
Character: Hlengiwe Mlambo
The 10th of December 1991 is Gugu Gumede’s date of birth and she was born in the Natal Province now known as KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Both her parents, Simon Hulumeni Gumede (father) and Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi (mother) are late. The actress seems to come from a privileged background as she went to school in Los Angeles, California. There, Gugu joined the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating with a degree in acting.
14. Nelisa Mchunu
Real Name: Nelisa Mchunu
Nelisa Mchunu was born in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal on the 2nd of February 1992. The South African actress and model lost her dad at the tender age of four and consequently, she was raised by her mum. After she acquired her basic education, the SA native’s quest for further academic qualifications took her to the University of Witwatersrand where she began studying media. However, due to financial constraints, Mchunu had to make the hard decision to quit school. This was majorly because her single mother could no longer afford to foot her bills.
15. Noxolo Mathula
Real Name: Noxolo Mathula
Character: Lily Xaba
Born and brought up in Durban, KwaMashu, Noxolo Mathula attended AFDA Durban, graduating with a degree in Live Performance. Though she is an upcoming actress, playing the role of the daring Lilly in the Soapie Uzalo has earned her remarkable recognition; and it is obvious that she is fast creating a niche for herself in the SA entertainment scene. At the Simon Sabela Film Awards of 2019, the SA actress scored the Best Supporting Actress award for portraying the role of Fikephethwe in eHostela – the popular Mzansi Magic show.
16. Nkanyiso Makhanya
Real Name: Nkanyiso Makhanya
Though he is currently depicting the role of the jailbird Njeza to perfection, Nkanyiso Makhanya failed an audition for a role in the first season of Uzalo in 2015. According to the actor, that particular incident taught him a lot about auditions – all that needs to be done before getting on stage. The Uzalo actor’s work in the soapie since his first appearance in 2019 has been described by many as flawless as he brings Njeza’s character to life. The viewing public can’t help but admire his natural acting skills. Though he debuted in juvenile roles, Makhanya has proved his mettle in the acting scene, and as a blossoming star; he seems unstoppable.
17. Wiseman Mncube
Real Name: Wiseman Mncube
Born in 1990, Wiseman Mncube came from a family of entertainers – while his big brother Ntando is killing the role of Bhikile on Ifalakhe, his younger brother Omega shares the screen with him on the set of Uzalo, depicting the character of Phelelani. In the award-winning soapie, Mncube is clearly in his element as he gives expression to the character of the hardcore womanizer Sibonelo who embarks on a mission into the felony globe.
18. Thembinkosi Thwala
Real Name: Thembinkosi Thwala
KwaHlathi Mahlabathini native, Thembinkosi Thwala was born on the 27th of February 1987. He started life in a nine-to-five job at Checkers shop in Eastgate, packing goods, but he had plans of changing his story in the near future. This led the blossoming star to attend acting classes at the University of Johannesburg. Besides, he has always had an interest in the performing arts since his high school days which led him to make the informed choice of studying acting.
19. Baby Cele Maloka
Real Name: Baby Cele Maloka
Also on the list of Uzalo actors is Baby Cele Maloka, a South African actress who was born in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal on the 22nd of March 1972. The female entertainer made her onscreen debut in 1986 but gained prominence on the set of Backstage – an e.tv youth television soapie where she breathed life into the character of Kaltego Rathebe for eight long years. Playing Portia in My Perfect Family – a SABC 1 situational comedy brought her more fame and she recorded other notable appearances in Isidingo and Sarafina.
20. Menzi Biyela
Real Name: Menzi Biyela
Character: Pastor Gwala
Born on the 5th of May 1983, the 40-year-old movie star cum director is well known for his flawless depiction of roles on both the big screen and the small screen. Four years after Uzalo took off, he joined the cast in 2019, depicting the character of Pastor Gwala where he was seen in a couple of episodes. The movie star is also known for other productions such as Blessers, Five Tiger, Ifalakhe, and Rhythm City.
21. Masoja Msiza
Real Name: Masoja Msiza
Character: Nkunzi Mhlongo
Kwa-Thema, Springs, in the SA province of Gauteng, is where Uzalo actor Masoja Msiza was born on the 5th of October 1964. He developed an interest in acting at age nine when he started taking part in drama and art classes. Msiza has not always been in the entertainment industry, the actor first worked in the mining sector where he was sacked for participating in strike action. Following this, he joined the cast of a Gibson Kente-directed play known as Mfowethu.
22. Naymaps Maphalala
Real Name: Naymaps Maphalala
Character: Mxolisi Xulu
Professionally known as Nay Maps, Uzalo actor Naymaps Maphalala was born during the 1990s but it is public knowledge that he celebrates his birthday every 30th of March. The only son of pastors and gospel musicians, Naymaps got his musical talents from both parents as he can also hold his own in the music industry, although he is yet to drop an album. His academic pursuit took him to Sunnyside Primary School and from there, the upcoming star proceeded to Lyttelton Manor High. Naymaps Maphalala later earned a degree in Information Technology, Programming, and Software from the University of Pretoria.
23. Bheki Bhulose
Real Name: Bheki Bhulose
Character: Melusi Mdletshe
Very little or nothing is known about South African native Bheki Bhulose but he was spotted on the set of the country’s most-watched soapie Uzalo, giving expression to the character of Melusi Mdletshe. Since then, his name has not been linked to any other production.
24. Mpumelelo Bhulose – 51 Years Old
Real Name: Franchot Mpumelelo Matthews
Character: Muzi Zulu
Mpumelelo Bhulose has been part of the South African entertainment industry since 1992 and is credited as an actor, businessman, ambassador, as well as motivational speaker. Born in KwaMashu, Durban Kwa-Zulu Natal on the 2nd of February 1972, Bhulose is 51 years old.
25. Leleti Khumalo – 53 Years Old
Real Name: Leleti Khumalo
Character: Zandile Mdletshe
Leleti Khumalo is a KwaMashu, South Africa native born on the 30th of March 1970. The movie and TV actress showed up in Uzalo as Zandile Mdletshe but her best-known roles were accomplished on the sets of Sarafina! both the stage play and movie versions. Her other prominent roles include playing Fedens in the 2004 Hotel Rwanda, breathing life into the character of Mary in Invictus, and in the movie Yesterday where she was seen as the title character, Yesterday Khumalo.
Source: Kempi Novelas