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Cleo Rinkwest Biography| Age, Education, Career, Personal Life

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This is the biography of Cleo Rinkwest,  she is a multi-talented South African actress, writer, and producer.


She was born on August 26, 1988. As of 2024, she is 36 years old.

Cleo Rinkwest Biography

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 Education and Early Career Beginnings

From a young age, Cleo showed a passion for performing arts, with her first on-stage appearance occurring at the age of 6. Despite facing a wardrobe malfunction during that performance, Cleo’s determination and love for storytelling persevered, setting the stage for her future endeavours.

Cleo’s formal training in performance began at the Ennerdale School of Dance when she was 10 years old. Her talent and dedication propelled her to win numerous regional and national ballroom and Latin American dance championships by the age of 16.

After completing her high school education, Cleo took a gap year in the United States, where she travelled, worked as an au pair, and pursued part-time studies. During this time, she discovered her passion for storytelling and was accepted into SCAD (Savannah School of Arts and Design), one of the top 25 schools in the world according to the Hollywood Reporter. However, due to funding constraints, Cleo was unable to attend SCAD.

Upon returning to South Africa, Cleo’s talent was recognized by acclaimed veteran actress Dorothy Anne Gould, who introduced her to the world of Shakespeare and became her acting mentor. Under Gould’s guidance, Cleo continued to refine her skills and further develop her craft.

Acting Career

In 2012, Cleo’s talent shone brightly when she landed the role of Antigone in Sophocles‘ renowned play of the same name. Her performance garnered critical acclaim and opened doors for further opportunities in the industry. Shortly after, she received a nomination for her role in the short film “As It Used To Be,” directed by French filmmaker Clement Gonzales. The film went on to achieve great success, being selected for 81 festivals and winning 37 awards worldwide.

Cleo’s acting prowess also caught the attention of the music industry, and she was chosen as the lead in Mi Casa’s music video titled “Heavenly Sent,” which received a nomination at the South African Music Awards (SAMA).

In 2014, Cleo had the privilege of working alongside renowned actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, and Callan McCauliffe in the action film “Kite,” based on the anime of the same name. Directed by Ralph Ziman, the film further showcased Cleo’s versatility and talent.

Throughout her career, Cleo has had the opportunity to collaborate with notable performers and directors, including Callan McCauliffe from “The Walking Dead,” Charlotte Hope from “Game of Thrones,” as well as Ralph Ziman, Cindy Lee, and Tracy Larcs.

Writing Career

At the young age of 23, Cleo made history by becoming the youngest writer to work on the BAFTA-nominated soap opera “The Wild.” Under the mentorship of creator Rohan Dickson, Cleo honed her writing skills and developed her unique voice. Her writing credits extend to several acclaimed South African television series, including “Soul City,” “Zone 14,” “Isidingo,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Inkaba,” “Zabalaza,” and “Keeping Score,” where she also portrayed the character Jin Jai Kim, a gymnast. In 2021, Cleo contributed to the story consulting and character development for “All The Lost Girls,” a thrilling series for Netflix.


Cleo’s talents extend beyond acting and writing, as she has recently taken on the role of producer. She is set to produce and star in a feature film directed by Sarah Bletcher and written by Cilla Lowe. This new project further demonstrates Cleo’s dedication to storytelling and her commitment to bringing captivating narratives to life.

Personal Life

In her personal life, Cleo is married to actor Lehasa Moloi. Together, they have been blessed with two beautiful children.


Cleo Rinkwest – Tongue Twisters


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