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Bonnie Mbuli Biography| Age, Early Life, Acting Career, Filmography, Personal Life

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This is the biography of Bonnie Mbuli; she is a renowned multi-talented South African actress, businesswoman, media personality, and author. She has made significant contributions to the entertainment industry through her acting career, and her work in various television series and films has garnered her widespread recognition

Bonnie Mbuli Age

She was born on the 3rd of  March 1979. As of 2024, she is 45 years old.

Bonnie Mbuli Biography

Bonnie Mbuli Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @bonniembuli)

Early Life

Bonnie Mbuli was born in Soweto, South Africa, in 1979. She spent her formative years attending the Dominican Convent School in Belgravia, Johannesburg and later transferred to Greenside High School in Greenside, Johannesburg. At the age of 13, while on her way home from school, Bonnie was discovered by an actor’s agent at a bus stop. This led to her first television role in the series Viva Families in 1992, marking the beginning of her journey in the entertainment industry.

Bonnie Mbuli Career

Bonnie Mbuli’s career has been diverse and encompassed various roles in television, film, and as a presenter. Following her debut in Viva Families, she gained further experience through cameo roles in international productions such as “Born Free 2” and “Cave Girls”. She then embarked on hosting various television magazine programs, including Teleschool, Zapmag, Technics Heart of the Beat, and Limits Unlimited.

In 2001, Mbuli landed a lead role in the popular South African youth soap opera Backstage. Her portrayal in this series garnered significant attention and established her as a prominent actress in the country. She continued to make appearances in other television series, such as ‘Gaz’lam’ and Zero Tolerance, showcasing her versatility as an actress.

Bonnie Mbuli also ventured into hosting, and she hosted a talk show called True-Life on SABC 1 in South Africa. Her talent and presence on screen led to opportunities in international productions, including the mini-series Homecoming and the Canadian television series “Charlie Jade” and “Scouts Safari”.

The actress further showcased her acting prowess in the television series Soul City, Hillside, and The Philanthropist, with the latter being broadcast on NBC in the United States. In the film industry, Mbuli played notable roles such as singer Dolly Radebe in Drum, Precious Chamusso in Catch a Fire alongside Tim Robbins and Derek Luke, and Zindzi Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, which depicted Nelson Mandela’s involvement in the 2010 rugby World Cup.


Bonnie Mbuli Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @bonniembuli)

Bonnie Mbuli Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @bonniembuli)

Throughout her career, Mbuli has appeared in various television shows, including’s Rhythm City, Mzansi Magic’s Rockville, and the British series Wallander, where she starred opposite Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh as policewoman Grace Mthembu. She has also been a presenter on the SABC 3 show Afternoon Express and has demonstrated her acting skills in BBC One’s Noughts and Crosses.

In 2024, Bonnie Mbuli secured a role in the American drama series “Parish,” where she portrayed the character Shamiso Tongai. Her talent and dedication have made her a sought-after actress both locally and internationally.

Beyond Acting

Apart from her acting career, Bonnie Mbuli is a skilled MC for high-profile events and a voice-over artist with a velvety alto voice that is in high demand. She has also ventured into writing and authored a best-selling memoir titled “Eyebags and Dimples,” which is available in major bookstores across South Africa.

Community and Advocacy

Community and social development are passions close to Bonnie Mbuli’s heart. She has been actively involved in extensive work with abandoned children and orphanages in South Africa. Her dedication and commitment to this cause led her to become a spokesperson for Adoption Voice S.A., an organization focused on promoting adoption.

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Bonnie Mbuli Filmography

Throughout her career, Bonnie Mbuli has appeared in a wide range of films and television series, showcasing her versatility and talent. Some of her notable works include:

– 2003-2004: Gaz’lam as Portia
– 2004: Drum as Dara Macala
– 2006: Catch A Fire as Precious Chamusso
– 2009: Invictus as Zindzi
– 2011: Survivor South Africa: Maldives as Herself (Contestant)
– 2014: Traffic! as Detective Lungi
– 2015: Wallander as Sgt. Grace Mthembu
– 2020: Barakat as Gwen
– ” “: Vagrant Queen as Xevelyn
– ” “: Noughts + Crosses as Jasmine Hadley
– 2021: Family Time as Carolyn
– 2024: Parish as Shamiso Tongai

Personal Life

Bonnie Mbuli was previously married to actor and television personality Sisanda Henna. The couple had two children together, and they also adopted a child. At the of writing, her current marital status is unknown.


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