Aubrey Poo Biography| Age, Early Life, Education, Acting Career, Dancing Career, Awards, Personal Life
Aubrey Poo is a prominent South African actor, singer, and dancer known for his dynamic contributions to the entertainment industry. With an impressive array of roles and accomplishments, Aubrey Poo has left an indelible mark through his work in various mediums, from television to stage performances.
He was born on May 17, 1981. As of 2023, he is 42 years old.
Aubrey Poo was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and grew up in a privileged environment. However, he gained firsthand experience with poverty while visiting friends and relatives, which shaped his perspective on life.
He attended Pro Arte for his high school education and later pursued his passion by completing a national diploma in drama at Pretoria Technikon, now known as Tshwane University of Technology.
Remarkably, his journey toward acting began at the tender age of 12, and by 15, he had already set his sights on becoming an accomplished actor. Embarking on his acting journey at the age of 20, Aubrey Poo encountered his fair share of challenges.
Rejected in seven auditions, he persisted with unyielding determination. Armed with comprehensive training and technical proficiency, Aubrey Poo carved a niche for himself in the competitive realm of entertainment.
After completing his diploma at Pretoria Technikon, Aubrey Poo began making his mark in the industry. He featured in the musical “Annie” and appeared on the television youth program “On Track.” Additionally, he performed in numerous Corporate and Industrial theatre programs.
In 2002, Aubrey Poo’s talent was recognized when he won the award for Best Performance by a New Actor for his role in the critically acclaimed play “Play@Risk,” directed by Megan Wilson.
Poo’s career continued to flourish as he landed the lead role of Gabriel in the musical “Far From the Madding Crowd” at the Durban Play House. He even had the opportunity to travel to Spain, where he performed in a musical tribute to Motown. In 2005 and 2006, Poo made his mark in the TV and film industry, starring in the Afrikaans film “Ouma se Slim Kind” and securing roles in popular shows such as “Gaz’lam,” “Muvhango,” “Zero Tolerance,” “Zone 14,” and Akin Omotoso’s “Nomzamo.”
In 2007, Poo showcased his versatility by playing the romantic lead in the stage musical “Soweto Story” and later took on the role of Tom Collins in the musical “Rent.” He also portrayed the character of documentary maker Themba in the SABC1 drama series “Usindiso (Redemption)” from December 2007 to March 2008.
Aubrey Poo’s talent extended to hosting, as he presented the first season of the SABC2 game show “The Right to Win” in 2011. He also appeared on SABC as the male presenter of “All You Need is Love” and took on the role of The Genie of the Lamp in Janice Honeyman’s pantomime, “Aladdin.” Poo’s creativity shone through as he co-wrote corporate theatre material for the unveiling of the FIFA 2010 Emblem in Berlin. He also co-wrote and performed the lead role in the highly successful Barnyard Theatre production, “Diamonds and Dust.”
Notably, Poo portrayed the character of youth pastor-in-training Lefa Letswalo on the e.tv soapie “Scandal!” from 2008 to 2011. He further showcased his acting prowess as Lieutenant Colonel Sello Kumeke, the commander of the Crime Prevention Unit, in the SABC2 police drama series “Streets of Mangaung” in 2012. In 2013, he had a starring role in the controversial SABC1 drama series “After 9.“
Throughout his career, Poo has credited veteran actor James Ngcobo as his mentor, guiding him through his acting journey. Poo finds great joy in acting on television, as it has been a lifelong passion for him.
Beyond his proficiency in acting, Aubrey Poo’s artistic pursuits extended to dance. While his focus predominantly lies in acting, his background as a ballet dancer showcases his multifaceted creative abilities.
Awards & Nominations
Throughout his career, Aubrey Poo has received recognition for his exceptional talent and performances.
- 2002: Best Performance by a New Actor
- 2020: Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement by a Lead Actor in a Made-for-TV Movie
- 2014: Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela
Aubrey Poo has kept his personal life relatively private, and there is limited information about his family, relationships, or marital status in the public domain.