Zimbabwean-born Actors Who Are Making Boss Moves In South Africa

Zim's got talent

By  | Nov 04, 2022, 02:59 PM  | Top of The

Chiedza Mhende, Zim actors in SA
It is no secret that South Africa’s film industry is one of the most developed in Africa and has helped develop the talents of many actors and actresses.

Some of the top actors and actresses who are making boss moves in the South African film industry are Zimbabweans. 

Take a look at some of the Zimbabwean-born actors in South Africa who remind us that Zimbabwe is a land full of talent.


Tongayi Arnold Chirisa


Tongayi Arnold Chirisa, source: Briefly


Born on the 8th of August 1981 in Harare, Tonganyi Arnold Chirisa is an accomplished Zimbabwean actor in South Africa with credits in a good number of films and television series.

Some of his best-known roles include his role as Man Friday on NBC’s Crusoe television series, Father Nicholas on The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Hekule on Leon Schuster’s Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past film. 

He is experienced in theatre, film, and television, and is also an occasional singer. Chirisa was 

Tongayi studied at Lomagundi College before moving to South Africa where he enrolled at AFDA Cape Town and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance. 

Leroy Gopal


Leroy Gopal, source: ZAlebs

Leroy Gopal is a gifted Zimbabwean actor in South Africa who has appeared in dozens of films and television shows over the years and he also dabbles as a comedian and voice-over artist.

The actor was born on the 6th of July 1979 in Harare and studied at the Blakiston Primary School, then Gateway High School and Prince Edward Senior School. 

He then moved to South Africa to pursue a BA in Live Performance and Motion Picture from the AFDA where he won the prestigious M-NET Student Of The Year award in 2003 and 2004 consecutively.

Luthuli Dlamini


Luthuli Dlamini, source: ZAlebs


Best known for his role as Stan Nyathi on the e.tv soap opera, Scandal! Luthuli Dlamini is another Zimbabwean-born actor in South Africa.

Dlamini was born on the 13th of March 1966 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and spent part of his childhood in Tshabalala and the UK. He began his acting career at a young age when he participated in school plays.

The veteran actor has also had roles in some of the biggest television shows in South Africa including Generations, Jacob’s Cross, Rockville, InterSEXions, and Uzalo and he has also been cast in a good number of films including Mandela's Gun and Naked Reality. 

Chiedza Mhende


Chiedza Mhende, source: Instagram


Charlene Cheidza Mhende is a Zimbabwean-born actress in South Africa best known for playing the male role of Wandile Radebe on Generations: The Legacy.

The gifted actress was born on the 19th of October 1991 in Harare, Zimbabwe and she moved to Cape Town South Africa in 2006 the African Film and Drama and Arts (AFDA) School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance 

Besides being a talented actress, Chiedza Mhende also dabbles as a film director and voice-over artist and began her career at the Cape Town Theatre.


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