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Celeste Ntuli Biography| Early Life, Career, Awards

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Celeste Ntuli is a South African comedian and actress known for her exceptional talent in both acting and stand-up comedy.

Early Life

Celeste Ntuli was born on August 25, 1970, in Empangeni, South Africa. She is the sixth child in a family of eight. Her family later moved to Durban, where she completed her primary and high school education. Celeste pursued higher education in entertainment technology at Durban University of Technology.

 

Celeste Ntuli Biography

Celeste Ntuli Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @celestentuli)

Career

Celeste Ntuli embarked on her entertainment career after finishing high school in Durban. In 2005, she performed her first comedy show in a local church, marking the beginning of her comedic journey. Her talent was recognized when she became a finalist on Season 2 of SABC 1’s “So You Think You’re Funny” competition in 2009. She officially entered the professional comedy scene in 2010.

In 2013, Celeste made her acting debut in the Mzansi Magic telenovela “isiBaya,” where she portrayed the character Siphokasi Zungu. Her portrayal of one of the wives to the polygamist Mpiyakhe Zungu earned her critical acclaim and a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) Golden Horn award. Prior to her acting success, she showcased her comedic talent at events such as the Blacks Only comedy showcase in 2010 and the South African Comic’s Choice Awards in 2012. In 2011, she also took the stage in the first Stand Up Zulu comedy show at the Durban Playhouse. Notably, Celeste became the first comedian to record a one-woman show DVD titled “Seriously, Celeste.”

Celeste Ntuli Biography

Celeste Ntuli Biography/photographed with Nomcebo Zikode (Image Credit: Instagram @celestentuli)

Celeste’s talent has been recognized with several prestigious awards. She received the Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Soap at the South African Music Awards (SATMA) in 2015. In 2019, she achieved further success by winning a Flying Solo Award and a Comedy G Award at the Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards.

In addition to her television and film work, Celeste Ntuli has made significant contributions to the comedy scene. She starred in and produced the film “Looking for Love” in 2019, which is available on Showmax. She also appeared in Season 3 of the popular TV series “Lockdown.” Celeste co-hosted the Sunday night television show “Our Perfect Wedding” and hosted the spin-off series “Gift of Love.” She has been confirmed as the host for seasons 2 and 3 of “Will He Say Yes,” airing on DSTV.

Celeste Ntuli’s career extended internationally in February 2022 when she performed a sold-out show organized by Akinlolu Jekins at the Leicester Square Theatre in London, UK.

In August 2023, Celeste launched her comedy show titled “Celeste & The Big Dudes,” inspired by Brenda Fassie. The show featured renowned South African comedic talents such as Isaac Gampu, Tats Nkonzo, Toni Modimola, Chris Mapane, and Felix Hlophe. Celeste is also set to appear in the show “Last One Laughing” alongside Trevor Noah, which is scheduled for release on Amazon Prime Video in 2023.

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Awards

– 2015: Mbokodo Award for Best Comedienne

– 2019: SA Comics Choice Awards (2x Winner)

– 2023: National Film & TV Awards – Best Comedienne

References

Celeste Ntuli and Skhumba Hlophe top Comics Choice Awards noms

TVSA- Celeste Ntuli

Celeste Ntuli on acting: I never felt like I fitted in

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