Mzansi Profiles! People Brenda Ngxoli Biography| Early Life, Career, Filmography, Farming, Sangoma, Personal Life

Brenda Ngxoli Biography| Early Life, Career, Filmography, Farming, Sangoma, Personal Life

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This is the biography of Bongiwe Brenda Ngxoli, she is a renowned multi-talented South African actress, model, dancer, and director. She is best known for her roles in television serials and films.

Brenda Ngxoli Early Life

Brenda Ngxoli was born on 3 July 1981 in Eastern Cape, South Africa. She grew up in Kalk Bay, a suburb of Cape Town. In 1997, she matriculated in Muizenberg. Then in 2000, she graduated with her BA degree in Theatre and a Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama from the University of Cape Town.

Brenda Ngxoli Biography

Brenda Ngxoli Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @brendangxoli)


Theatre and Television

Brenda Ngxoli began her acting career in theatre, where she performed in several stage plays such as Pick Ups, I-Klips, Yes Medem, Docs Wife, and Sacred Thorns. These plays, directed by Warona Seane, were featured at the Grahamstown Festival of the Arts in 2004.

On television, Ngxoli has appeared in Molo Fish 2, Interrogation Room, and all four seasons of Tsha Tsha. She has also been featured in television commercials for Compral, MTN, and Polka. The Polka advert, with the catchphrase “see-rri-us,” brought her widespread recognition in South Africa.

In 2004, Brenda Ngxoli made her directing debut with Through Thick and Thin by Khanyi Magubane at the Market Theatre. Additionally, she participated in the fourth season of the SABC2 reality dance competition Strictly Come Dancing in 2008, where she partnered with Quintus Jansen.

Brenda Ngxoli Television Debut

Brenda Ngxoli made her television debut in 2005 with the SABC1 drama series Home Affairs, portraying the character of Vuyo Radebe for three years. Her performance earned her nominations for the SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Actress in the TV Drama category in 2006, 2007, and 2011 at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA). In 2007, she was also nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress at the 35th International Emmy Awards.

She appeared in three episodes of the television drama series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in 2009, playing the role of Florence. Ngxoli joined the SABC1 celebrity gossip show The Real Goboza as one of the new presenters for its fourth season in 2010, alongside Phat Joe.

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Film Debut

Brenda Ngxoli made her film debut in the first installment of the Spud franchise in 2010, portraying the character Innocence. She reprised the role in the subsequent films Spud 2: The Madness Continues (2013) and Spud 3: Learning to Fly (2014). Furthermore, she played the supporting role of Dineo in the SABC1 sitcom My Perfect Family in 2011. In 2013, she replaced Thuli Thabethe as the host of the Mzansi Wethu reality show ‘Our Perfect Wedding’.

Brenda Ngxoli Biography

Brenda Ngxoli Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @brendangxoli)



Brenda Ngxoli appeared in the television serial Rockville in 2013 and received the Best Supporting Actress Award in the TV Drama category at the SAFTA in 2015. She was nominated again for the same award at the SAFTA in 2016. She acted in the serial Ses’ Top La in 2014 and received nominations for Best Supporting Actress in the TV Comedy category at SAFTA 2016. In 2017, she played the lead role in the drama serial Hustle and was nominated for the Best Actress Award in the TV Drama category at SAFTA 2017.

In 2019, Brenda Ngxoli joined the soapie iThemba, portraying the character Nomonde. Her performance earned her the Best Supporting Actress Award in the TV Drama category at the SAFTA 2020. After a seven-year sabbatical, she joined the Mzansi Magic telenovela Queen in 2020, marking her first telenovela role. In the series, she portrays the character NomaPrincess “Noma” Matshikiza.

Brenda Ngxoli Filmography

Brenda Ngxoli’s notable filmography includes:
– 2005: Home Affairs as Vuyo Radebe
– 2006: Tsha Tsha as Mimi
– 2008: Dirt as Nonks
– 2009: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency as Florence Peko
– 2010: Spud as Innocence
– 2011: Lucky as Lindiwe
– 2011: My Perfect Family as Dineo
– 2013: Spud 2: The Madness Continues as Innocence
– 2014: Spud 3: Learning to Fly as Innocence
– 2014: Rockville as Gladys
– 2015: Ses’ Top La as Pinky
– 2016:Hustle as Kitt Khambule
-2018:Sew the Winter to My Skin as Mole
-2019: iThemba as Nomonde
-2020: The Queen as NomaPrincess “Noma” Matshikiza


A few years ago, Brenda Ngxoli made the decision to leave the fast-paced city life and pursue farming in the rural Eastern Cape. She moved to the countryside to live off the grid and embrace a farming lifestyle. Ngxoli has shared her experiences as a village mom and expressed her happiness with her decision to leave Johannesburg. However, she has also opened up about the challenges she faces as a female farmer in the Eastern Cape. Ngxoli has spoken about the loss of livestock and the difficulties of being a woman in the male-dominated farming industry. Her family has faced harassment and exploitation due to their gender.


Brenda Ngxoli has a background as a sangoma, which is a traditional healer or spiritual practitioner in South African culture. In 2019, she took a break from her acting career to follow her spiritual calling and become a sangoma. However, in April 2024, Ngxoli revealed that she had withdrawn from being a sangoma and embraced Christianity. She expressed her gratitude for motherhood and how it changed her perspective, stating that she left “sangomahood” for motherhood and her Christian faith.

Personal Life

Brenda Ngxoli prefers to keep her personal life private, and not much is known about her love life or marital status.


In October 2022, Brenda Ngxoli welcomed her first child, a daughter named Sky. She has expressed her joy and gratitude for motherhood.


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