Biography: Eric Macheru is a South African actor and former footballer who rose to fame for his role as Leeto Maputla on the popular soap opera Skeem Saam. He is also a talented soccer player who won national awards and played for Ajax Cape Town.
Early Life and Education
Eric Macheru was born on February 25, 1986, in Polokwane, South Africa. He attended Kuschke Agricultural High School, where he developed his passion for soccer and acting. He participated in various school plays and competitions and also excelled in sports. Eric won the Nedbank Cup Ke Yona Challenge in 2005, which gave him the opportunity to train with Tottenham Hotspur in England. He also played for the Limpopo under-19 team and the South African under-23 team.
After completing his matric, he enrolled at AFDA, The School for the Creative Economy, to pursue a degree in multimedia. He chose this field because he wanted to explore his creative side and learn more about the film and television industry.
Eric Macheru Acting Career
Macheru made his acting debut in 2011 when he landed the role of Leeto Maputla on Skeem Saam. He auditioned for the role after his friend encouraged him to try out. He impressed the producers with his natural talent and charisma and was cast as the eldest son of the Maputla family. His character is a lawyer who is married to Mokgadi Matloga, played by Pebetsi Nolo Matlaila. He has been part of the show since its inception and has become one of the most loved and respected actors on South African television.
Eric Macheru has also appeared in other shows, such as Inkaba, where he played the role of Thabo. He has also featured in several commercials and campaigns, such as the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search and the Vodacom NXT LVL. He has also been nominated for several awards, such as the Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Soap and the Feather Award for Hottest Hunk of the Year.
Eric Macheru Personal Life
Macheru is a private person who does not share much about his personal life. He is not married, but he is in a relationship with a woman named Thato Makgaka. The couple has been dating since 2019, and they often post pictures of each other on social media. They also have a son together, who was born in 2020. Eric Macheru is a devoted father who loves spending time with his family.
Eric Macheru is also a fitness enthusiast who works out regularly to maintain his physique. He enjoys playing soccer, golf, and tennis in his spare time. He is also a fan of music and art and likes to listen to different genres and styles.
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