Mzansi Profiles! People Matshepo Maleme Biography: Early Life | Education | Acting Career | House Of Zwide | Personal Life

Matshepo Maleme Biography: Early Life | Education | Acting Career | House Of Zwide | Personal Life

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This is the biography of Matshepo Kukie Maleme, a South African actress and model who has starred in various films and television shows. She is best known for her role as Busi in the film A Million Colours (2011) and her roles in soapies such as Muvhango, Inkaba, and House of Zwide.

Early Life and Education

Matshepo Maleme was born on 23 August 1980 in the Free State, South Africa. She grew up with her grandparents but later moved to Johannesburg with her parents. Matshepo attended the National School of the Arts, where she studied drama and dance. She also took part in various theatre productions and competitions.

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Matshepo Maleme Acting Career

Matshepo Maleme made her television debut in 2004 with the SABC1 drama series Bubomi Sana, where she played the role of Zandiswa, a young woman who aspires to be a model. She then joined the M-Net soap opera Egoli: Place of Gold in 2007, playing the role of Thuli. In 2010, she made her film debut with the horror film Night Drive, where she played the role of Tumi.

 

Matshepo Maleme Biography

Matshepo Maleme Biography [Image: A Million Colours]

 

In 2011, she starred in the film A Million Colours, directed by Peter Bishai. The film is based on the true story of Muntu Ndebele and Norman Knox, two actors who rose to fame in the 1976 film e’Lollipop, but later faced the harsh realities of apartheid. Matshepo played the role of Busi, Muntu’s love interest. The film received critical acclaim and was screened at various film festivals. Matshepo won the Best Supporting Actress Award in the Feature Film category at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) in 2013 and was nominated for Best Pan African Actress at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in the same year.

After her success in A Million Colours, Matshepo joined the SABC 2 soap opera Muvhango, where she played the role of Mapule Tshidiso from 2012 to 2013. She then starred in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba, where she played the role of Thuli Malinga, a fashion designer. In 2016, she played her first villainous role on television, as Cat in the serial Gold Diggers. In 2017, she joined the soapie Skeem Saam, where she played the role of Zandile Maphosa, a lawyer. The following year, Matshepo appeared in the mini-series Emoyeni and Side Dish, playing the roles of Thoko and Bokang, respectively. She also had guest roles in other soapies such as Isithembiso, Isibaya, Scandal, Imposter, and Housekeepers. In 2021, she joined the e.tv television serial House of Zwide, where she plays the role of Rea Molapo, a hairdresser. She exited the show in 2024 as her character succumbed to cancer.

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Matshepo Maleme Personal Life

Matshepo Maleme is married and has two children, a boy and a girl. She has faced several challenges in her life, such as depression, gender-based violence, and abuse. She was diagnosed with depression at the age of 17 and has experienced abuse from more than one partner.

 

Matshepo Maleme Biography

Matshepo Maleme Biography [Image: @matshepomaleme/Instagram]

 

Matshepo has also spoken out about the difficulties of being a woman in the entertainment industry and the pressure to conform to certain standards of beauty and success. She has used her platform to raise awareness and advocate for mental health and women’s rights.

 

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