This is the biography of Nyaniso Ntsikelelo Dzedze, a multitalented South African actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer. He is best known for his debut role as Tsietsi Namame on Ashes to Ashes.
Nyaniso Dzedze Age
He was born on the 13th of September 1986. As of 2023, he is 37 years old.
Nyaniso Dzedze was born in Gauteng, Johannesburg. During his high school years, he struggled to find his purpose until a teacher’s advice led him to join the Drama club. Falling in love with the Arts, Nyaniso discovered his flair. In his pursuit of perfecting his acting skills, he enrolled for a BADA Degree at Wits School of Arts from 2006 to 2009, specializing in acting and physical theatre. Following this, he completed a one-year internship at the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaboration (FACT) and in 2011, he trained with Gregory Maqoma at Vuyani Dance Theatre.
Nyaniso Dzedze Career
Nyaniso’s career began on the stage, where he honed his skills in theatre before making his television debut in 2015. His extensive theatre credits include performances in productions such as “Uhami Aji” (directed by Thabo Rapoo and Nthati Moshesh), “Wounded Bull” (directed by Thato Cele), “Notes to Beverley” (directed by Khutjo Bakunzi), and “Thirst” (directed by James Ngcobo).
In the realm of dance theatre productions, he has appeared in “Unknown Equations,” “Reach Our Soul” (directed by Yann Lheureux), “Closer Apart” (directed by Mlindelwa Mahlangu), and “Façade” (directed by Baily Snyman).
Nyaniso also extended his talents to the silver screen, with notable appearances in films such as “Ukhamba” (directed by Magalela Mtshali), “Hear Me Move” (directed by Scotness Smith), and the short film “Trapped By My Wife,” directed by Sanelisiwe Faba.
His versatility in the entertainment industry is further demonstrated through his involvement in television commercials, including his roles as “The Officeless Guy” in a Microsoft Office 365 campaign and as the Chef in an advertisement for McDonald’s Grand chicken burgers.
Nyaniso’s journey in television truly began in 2015 when he became one of the original starring cast members of the e.tv telenovela “Ashes to Ashes,” marking his first credited television role. He gained recognition for his role as Tsietsi Namane on the show, making his South African television debut.
He was also celebrated for his lead role as Muzi in “Hear Me Move,” which is recognized as South Africa’s first dance movie. Nyaniso’s talent and dedication to his craft earned him a nomination for Most Promising Actor at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
In 2020, Nyaniso’s big break came when he bagged a lead role on Beyoncé’s Knowles critically acclaimed musical film and visual album “Black is King.” The star played the lead role of Simba.
In 2021, he joined the cast of e.tv’s medical drama Durban Gen. He portrayed the character of Dr Sipho Dhlomo.
His character Dr Dhlomo was abusive towards his wife Sne (played by former Uzalo actress Nombulello Mhlongo). Speaking about his character before his exit, Nyaniso revealed that playing the character was his real-life experience as his father abused his mother growing up.
Television and film
- Ashes to Ashes
- Hear Me Move
- Black Is King
- Rhythm City
- Durban Gen
- High Rollers
- Keeping Score
- Trapped By My Wife
- One Night KwaMxolisi
Nyaniso Dzedze Personal Life
Nyaniso Dzedze is a married man. In 2018, he tied the knot with his wife, Yana Seidi, who is of German origin.
The couple has an adorable baby daughter and their presence on social media often showcases their affection and “cute couple goals.”