Neo Matsunyane is a multi-talented South African actor, director, television presenter, and voice artist who has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry.
He was born on January 17, 1967, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Early Life and Education
Matsunyane attended Kebalepile High School in Mafikeng and matriculated in 1983. He later pursued his passion for broadcasting by earning a diploma from The School Of Broadcasting in 1991. He continued to hone his skills by completing a seven-month film director’s course with the SABC in collaboration with Bateleur Films, under the direction of the late Mr. John Rogers in 1994-1995.
In addition, he took a script analysis course at Pretoria Technikon and a Dov Simens-led Hollywood Film Institute course.
Career and Achievements
Matsunyane made his acting debut in 1998, starring in the popular SABC2 television series Kelebone. Since then, he has been a regular fixture on South African television, featuring in shows like Maitemogelo, On the Right Track, Getting It Together, Class of ’92, Kgweetsa, and Mmalonya I and II. He has also made cameo appearances in other shows such as Desert Diners, Generations, African Skies, Going Up, Rhodes, Ke Nyala Mang, Matswakabele I, II, and III, Grondbaronne, Soul Buddyz IV, and Usindiso.
In addition to acting, Matsunyane has hosted several game and quiz shows such as Ho Taka, Doors, Bop Shop, and Motsamai. He has also presented educational shows such as Science Club and Turn on to English, as well as hosting The Toasty Show.
Matsunyane’s talents extend beyond acting and presenting, as he has also produced several shows, including the SABC1 drama series Mzansi, for which he earned a nomination for Best Director in 2006. He has been directing television shows since his directorial debut in 1994, where he directed three episodes of the SABC1 youth drama series Young Vision.
Matsunyane has also appeared in films such as Red Scorpion and Oh Schucks… Here Comes UNTAG!, Wheels & Deals, and Vusi the Voter, and has been featured in advertisements for Edgars, Standard Bank, Sasol, SAB, and the SABC’s AIDS inserts. His voice-over work has also been widely recognized.
Matsunyane was previously married to popular South African actress, filmmaker, and producer Connie Ferguson for five years. He has two children, Momo Matsunyane from a previous relationship and Lesedi Matsunyane from his relationship with Connie Ferguson.