This is the biography of Baby Cele, she is a renowned South African actress known for her versatile performances in both television and stage productions. With a career spanning over two decades, she has garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base for her compelling portrayals of diverse characters
Baby Cele Age
She was born on the 22nd of March 1972. As of 2024, she is 52 years old.
Baby Cele was born in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Not much is known about her education or background before she came into the spotlight.
Baby Cele Career
Baby Cele’s acting career has been marked by numerous notable roles in both TV and stage productions. She gained recognition for her role as Katlego Rathebe, a character she portrayed for eight years on the now defunct e.tv youth television soap opera ‘Backstage’. Her impressive talent and captivating performances led to other notable roles, such as Thandeka in the fourth season of the SABC1 drama series ‘Home Affairs’ and Beauty in the SABC1 mini-series ‘Shreds & Dreams’. She went on to play the role of Portia in the SABC 1 sitcom ‘My Perfect Family.’
In 2016, she was cast in the role of Colonel Sibongile “Bongi” Nene on the popular South African TV show ‘Isidingo’. The character had been spoken about on the show for years but had never been seen before. Baby Cele made her debut in the role in August 2016.
In 2018, Baby Cele became part of the cast of the popular telenovela ‘Uzalo‘, where she skillfully embodies the character of Gabisile Mdletshe.
Cele’s acting prowess extends beyond television. She has made significant contributions to the stage, including her critically acclaimed performances in the stage musical ‘Sarafina!’, where she toured the United States and showcased her talents on Broadway for two years. She also received accolades for her roles in productions such as ‘The Game’, ‘Jump the Gun’, and ‘Cards’.
Awards And Recognition
Baby Cele’s versatile acting skills and ability to breathe life into multifaceted characters have solidified her position as one of South Africa’s most talented actresses.
Her performances in various TV and stage productions have earned her recognition and accolades. In 1998, she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Not With My Gun. She later won a Vita Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for The Game. In 1996, she won an All Africa Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her role in Jump the Gun.
Marriage & Divorce
Baby Cele’s personal life has also garnered attention. She was once married to businessman Thabo Maloka. They got married in 2017 and celebrated their union with a traditional wedding ceremony in her hometown of Umlazi, Durban, in 2019. Unfortunately, the marriage came to an end in 2020, marking Baby Cele’s third divorce.
Speaking about her divorce, Baby Cele explained that as a sangoma, her ancestors revealed to her through dreams and visions that she and her former husband were not spiritually aligned and, therefore, had to end the marriage.
Despite the challenges in her personal life, Baby Cele is blessed with two children.
In addition to her thriving acting career, Baby Cele is a sangoma. She accepted her ancestral calling in 2004. With over two decades dedicated to spiritual practices, she seamlessly balances her roles as an actress and a sangoma.