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Check out top 14 Uzalo Actors, their Real Names and Ages

South Africa has created some of the most intriguing films and television programs to ever come out of Africa's black continent. Generations on SABC1, Isibaya on Mzansi Magic, Muvhango on SABC2, and a slew of other shows of the same ilk come to mind. When SABC 1 first broadcasted Uzalo in 2015, it rapidly gained traction. It became South Africa's most popular show in a short period of time. Needless to say, many Uzalo performers who were relatively unknown prior to joining the ensemble benefited from the popularity of the soapie.

Uzalo actors

The majority of the actors from Uzalo are now well-known. Several of them have won significant accolades for their portrayals of various characters on the drama. Lindiwe MaNgcobo, who played Thandeka Dawn King, and Nompilo Maphumulo, who played Nosipho Xulu, were among the prominent cast members whose onscreen talent helped to popularize the series.

The Uzalo Telenovela

Gugu Zuma-Ncube and Kobedi "Pepsi" Pokane co-own the most-watched South African soapie, which is produced by Stained Glass Productions. Uzalo premiered in 2015 and quickly became a hit because to its relatively unknown ensemble, which was a breath of fresh air. In addition, the series' captivating and riveting storyline, writing, and directing prowess must be lauded.

The soap chronicles the story of two young men who were switched at birth as the plot progresses. One was raised in a crime household, while the other was raised in a God-fearing family that upholds Christian values. The Kwamashu Kingdom Church's Mdletshe family and the Xulu family, who conduct a car theft gang, are the two families involved. After their first sons were switched at birth around the time of Mandela's release from jail, the two families became bonded. The drama, which airs Monday through Friday on SABC 1, is currently the country's most popular soap opera, with a massive and ever-growing fan base.

The plot has changed dramatically throughout the years, with interchanging characters contributing to various new story arcs. However, the telenovela has maintained the development of a number of its important and supporting characters at the same time.

Comprehensive List of Uzalo Actors and Actresses


1. Thandeka Dawn King – 44 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Dawn Thandeka King
  • Character: Lindiwe MaNgcobo
  • Age: 44
  • Cast Type: Main
  • Number of Episodes: 800


Thandeka Dawn King was born on the 1st of October 1977 in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and is one of the major cast members of Uzalo on SABC1. As an award-winning actor, it's no surprise that her portrayal of Lindiwe Xulu (Mangcobo) was flawless. The female entertainer had audiences hooked to their screens from 2015 to 2021 as the drama of the story evolved. King's portrayal of Mangcobo was highly welcomed by the South African audience, who praised the KwaZulu-Natal native's acting abilities, and it is safe to say that it is still her most well-known performance.

2. Nompilo Maphumulo – 39 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Nompilo Maphumulo
  • Character: Nosipho Xulu
  • Age: 39
  • Cast Type: Main
  • Number of Episodes: 802 episodes


Nompilo Maphumulo was born on the 3rd of May 1982 in KwaMashu, where she had a difficult childhood as her family struggled to make ends meet. The South African entertainer intended to join her friends in theatre performances while she was in her teens to help fulfill their family's requirements, but her parents preferred that she focus on her schooling first. As a result, after studying acting at the KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects, the rising star returned to the stage and soon began landing acting roles.

One of her greatest career accomplishments was landing the role of Nosipho Xulu on the set of the South African soapie Uzalo, and in 802 episodes, the experienced entertainer earned the hearts of millions of fans who couldn't miss a single episode. She, along with Thandeka Dawn King, who just left the soapie, is one of the few Uzalo performers who has appeared in the most episodes.

3. Ntokozo Dlamini – 30 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Ntokozo Dlamini
  • Character: Mastermind Maphumulo
  • Age: 30
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes


Ntokozo Dlamini's most well-known part to date is that of Maphumulo, a gangster mastermind in Uzalo, which also marked his film debut in 2015. Despite the fact that it was his first time, the entertainer's innate skills came into play, and you'd never guess he was a beginner after his portrayal of Maphumulo received a lot of applause. He has since appeared in two more projects, Single Ladies and Rhythm City.

Apart from his acting jobs, the South African native, who was born on the 8th of January 1991 in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, is also a business expert and a seasoned host. In 2011 and 2012, he hosted the Durban Hip Hop Awards. Varsity College in Westville, Durban, provided Ntokozo Dlamini with his International Marketing Management education.

4. Nokuthula Mabika – 33 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Nokuthula Mabika
  • Character: Thobile
  • Age: 33
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes


On July 28, 1988, Nokuthula Mabika was born in New Germany, Durban. She was raised by a single father after losing her mother when she was 12 years old, along with seven other children from her father's past marriages.

With a BA in Arts and Culture (with a specialization in acting) and an MA in Drama, Music, and Movement Techniques, the University of Zululand graduate joined fellow Uzalo performers as Maphumulo's love interest, played by KwaMashu's legendary thug, Ntokozo Dlamini. Being the girlfriend of such a figure has been rather dramatic onscreen, and Nokuthula did an excellent job of portraying Thobile to the delight of fans and the viewing audience.

5. Ncibijani Madlala

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  • Real Name: Ncibijani Madlala
  • Character: Siyabonga Mabuza
  • Age: N/A
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes


Ncibijani Madlala did not begin her career as a performer. He had to start working at a young age in order to make ends meet. Following his matriculation, he worked in cabinet making before moving on to a contact center. The allure of the entertainment industry was so overwhelming that Madlala had no choice but to capitulate and give it a shot. He trained at an MNM talent agency for a number of years before venturing into acting. In 2008, the South African performer landed his breakthrough role as Samkelo in the second season of Mtunzini.com, a SABC1 drama series. He was present for the third season's reprise of his part. Before the end of the year, the actor gained even more notoriety on the set of A Place Called Home, another SABC1 drama series in which he played Jabu.

6. Lungelo Madondo


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  • Real Name: Lungelo Madondo
  • Character: Amandla Maphumulo
  • Age: N/A
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes


There isn't much information available on South African actress Lungelo Madondo, as she looks to be a newcomer to the industry. Uzalo appears to be her first and only endeavor, as no additional music has been released under her name.

The audience, on the other hand, praised the up-and-coming actress' portrayal of Amandla Maphumulo, which spanned 96 episodes. The performer is active on a few social media channels, where she communicates with her followers. She's active on Twitter and Facebook, where she's quickly gaining a following.

7. Sipho Mhlongo


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  • Real Name: Sipho Mhlongo
  • Character: Nkosinathi Mdletshe
  • Age: N/A
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes


Sipho Mhlongo is another Uzalo performer whose personal information isn't available to the public. However, it is well known that he joined the cast of Uzalo after the show's premiere in 2015. Sipho played Nkosinathi Mdletshe in all 96 episodes of Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti, and in the following year, 2016, he moved on to another project named Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti.

8. Don Mlangeni – 62 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Don Mlangeni Eric Nawa
  • Character: Dhlomo
  • Age: 62
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes


Don Mlangeni Eric Nawa, 62, was born in Soweto, South Africa, on June 7, 1959. He is one of the oldest cast members of the Uzalo drama series. The actor is well recognized for his roles in series such as Sgudi 'Snaysi, The Throne, and Isidingo, where he played a variety of characters. He played Dhlomo in 96 episodes of Uzalo's first season, which aired in 2015. Other projects in which the Soweto native has appeared include Abomama, Legacy, and Rockville. Stokvel, The Republic, The River, Zaziwa, and The Estate are among the others.

9. Sihle Ndaba – 32 Years Old

  • Real Name: Sihle Ndaba
  • Character: Smangele Maphumulo
  • Year of Birth: 1989
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes


Sihle Ndaba is a beautiful South African actress who has been in a number of films. Her portrayal of Smangele Maphumulo on Uzalo, which she joined in 2015, is one of her most well-known roles. The female entertainer, who was born in Ermelo, Mpumalanga in 1989, was a participant on M-Idols met's in South Africa, which was finally won by Khaya Mthethwa of Durban.

The South African beauty has previously been in the SABC1 drama series Room 8 as Qiniso and the Mzansi Magic soap Inkaba as Pru. Sihle joined The Herd as Sbahle Xulu after wrapping her parts in Uzalo, but she went on to play the fiery Cebisile Mkhize in Isibaya. Sihle Ndaba toured Singapore in 2011 as part of Walt Disney's Broadway show The Lion King.

The actress' efforts and hard work were recognized with a Sabela Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Durban International Film Festival.

10. Khaya Zulu – 31 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Khaya Dladla
  • Character: GC (an acronym for Gay Character)
  • Age: 31
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes

When Khaya Dladla was cast as GC in Uzalo, he captured the hearts of millions of viewers in just a few episodes, causing the show to become increasingly popular online. Khaya became a household name in South Africa as a result of his outstanding performance as the gay character, earning him a nomination for the country's Golden Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Television Soap. Fans erupted on social media as the actor concluded his parts, claiming that no one wanted him to leave. Even Uzalo producers refused to let him go, and he was eventually assimilated into the main show under the name Gamakhulu Cetshwayo for his new role.

The actor was born on the 3rd of May 1990 in Umlazi, South Africa, and attended Isipingo Hills Primary School, Brittenwood High School, Varsity College (where he received a diploma in advertising), and Unisa (with a degree in Marketing and Communications). Khaya Dladla is a musician who has performed as a backing vocalist for A-list performers such as Hugh Masekela, Thandiswa Mazwa, and Salif Keita in addition to acting.

11. Bonga Dlamini


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  • Real Name: Bonga Dlamini
  • Character: Mkhonto Xulu
  • Age: N/A
  • Cast Type: Guest
  • Number of Episodes: 10


Bonga Dlamini was a top-five finalist on SABC3's Isidingo Talent Search in 2010, where he was a reality rivalry show. In the same year, he played Simon in the e.tv show eKasi: Our Stories. Bonga first appeared in It's for Life in 2011, then in isiBaya in 2013 and Ashes to Ashes in 2015. In the same year, he played Mkhonto Xulu in ten episodes of Uzalo, bringing the role to life.

Since then, the Uzalo actor has appeared in a number of other shows, including Muvhango on SABC2, Remains to Ashes, Isithembiso, It's Forever, Beat City, Holy People and Sinners, and Sokhulu and Partners.

12. Thuthuka Mthembu – 22 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Thuthuka Mthembu
  • Character: Nonkanyiso
  • Age: 22
  • Cast Type: Cameo
  • Number of Episodes: N/A

Thuthuka Mthembu is the most junior of all the Uzalo actors. The youngster was born on October 28, 1998, in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a single mother and grandmother. The rising movie star attended Durban University of Technology after graduating from Umlazi Commercial High School. She transferred from DUT to the SA School for the Creative Economy, AFDA, on February 25, 2020, where she is still enrolled. Thuthuka Mthembu is clearly juggling acting and academics, and she appears to be doing so with ease.

Even though she is in her twenties, Thuthuka played Nonkanyiso, an 18-year-old powerful and bold yet complex individual, on the set of Uzalo, which she joined in 2018. Nonka (her onscreen pet name) was an indecisive character who stood on the fence for the majority of her episodes, torn between focusing on her academics and going in search of love. Thuthuka was able to give the character a flawless expression because to her innate skill and training. In fact, she takes credit for increasing the number of individuals who are fans of the show.

When Thuthuka was a child, she began appearing in television commercials, which sparked her interest in the performing arts. The South African entertainer has long aspired to be an A-list actress, and landing the role of Nonka is a significant step in that direction. Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, and Dawn Thandeka King, a fellow Uzalo actress, are among her role models.

13. Gugu Gumede – 29 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Gugu Gumede
  • Character: Hlengiwe Mlambo
  • Age: 29
  • Cast Type: Guest
  • Number of Episodes: 2 episodes


Gugu Gumede was born on December 10, 1991, in the Natal Province of South Africa, which is now known as KwaZulu-Natal. Simon Hulumeni Gumede (father) and Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi (mother) are both running late. Because she attended to school in Los Angeles, California, the actor appears to come from a privileged background. Gugu enrolled in the America Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated with a bachelor's degree in acting. Though she first appeared in Uzalo in 2019, Gugu's acting career began in 2013, when she was still in high school. After returning from the United States, the rising celebrity landed her first acting role as Mandisa on the set of Generations, one of South Africa's most popular and successful soaps.

Gumede joined the other Uzalo actors in 2015, bringing to life the character of Mamlambo, a prophetess. Despite appearing in only a few episodes, the entertainer's portrayal of Mamlambo became one of her most well-known roles.

Gugu Gumede is a born-again Christian, which is a little-known fact about the South African movie star. In 2018, the actress presented the 11th Crown Gospel Music Awards alongside Rebecca Malope, Somizi Mhlongo, and Clement Maosa.

14. Nelisa Mchunu – 29 Years Old


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  • Real Name: Nelisa Mchunu
  • Character: Fikile
  • Age: 29
  • Cast Type: Supporting
  • Number of Episodes: N/A


Nelisa Mchunu was born on February 2, 1992, in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal. The South African actress and model lost her father when she was four years old, and she was raised by her mother. After completing her primary education, the South African native went on to study journalism at the University of Witwatersrand. Mchunu, however, was forced to drop out of school due to financial restrictions. This was primarily because her single mother could no longer afford to pay her bills.

Nelisa got her start in the workforce as a server, then worked as an assistant at a public relations firm before joining the cast of SABC 3's hit series Isidingo as an extra. After debuting as Fikile in Uzalo in 2016, the South African actress gained international attention. She's a hostess, a writer, and a motivational speaker.


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