Sonia Mbele Biography| Age, Career, Personal Life, Awards
Sonia Mbele is a multi-talented South African individual, excelling in various fields such as acting, modeling, TV production, and entrepreneurship.
She made history by producing the first-ever Real Housewives franchise in Africa and currently serves as the executive producer for Real Housewives of Johannesburg.
Sonia Mbele was born in December 1976 in Natalspruit, South Africa.
In 1998, Mbele embarked on her career as a lead actress in the SABC 2 drama production called Phamokate. Her talent was recognized in 1999 when she received the FNB Vita Award for Most Promising New Actress.
Mbele gained widespread fame in South Africa through her role as Ntombi Khumalo in the SABC 1 soap series Generations, which she portrayed from 2003 to 2011.
Her exceptional performance earned her the Golden Horn Award for Best Actress in a TV Soap at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2009.
Mbele made history as the first black celebrity to become the face of Dark & Lovely, Lux, and Sun-Silk in South Africa. In 2018, she introduced the first African installment of The Real Housewives franchise, titled Real Housewives of Johannesburg, under her production company Sonia Mbele Films.
Continuing her success, in 2021, she created another reality TV series called Pastor’s Wives for HONEY TV.
Generations: She featured in Season 1 of this show in the character of Ntombi Khumalo. The show aired on SABC1.
Gold Diggers: She acted as Thuli in Season 1 of this show.
Greed & Desire: She featured as Thlabi in the first season of this television series.
Imposter: In the second season of Imposter, she was featured as Big Daddy.
iNumber Number: She starred in the first season of this television series as Philane.
Keeping Score: She was in the first season of this show in the character of Mmamosa Letsie.
Miss South Africa: She was a judge in Season 56 of the show.
SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards: Sonia was the presenter in the sixth season of the award show.
Soap on a Rope: She portrayed the character of Tuki Ramphele in the first season of this series.
Soul Buddyz: In the second season of this show, she starred as Ayanda.
Soul City: The actress acted as Dr. Ayanda Ngubane in the fifth and sixth seasons of Soul City.
The Alliance: She features as Lydia in Season 1.
Yizo Yizo: She acted as Zakes’ Girlfriend in the first season.
Zero Tolerance: She featured in the show as Rosie.
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg: She is the executive producer of this show that started airing on the 3rd of August 2018 on 1Magic.
- Sonia won the Most Promising New Actress Award by FNB Vita in 1998/1999.
- She also won the Best Actress in a TV Soap Award at the Golden Horn Awards ceremony.
In 2006, the actress Sonia Mbele tied the knot with Leslie Sedibe after being in a relationship for some time. The wedding ceremony, as seen in Sonia Sedibe’s wedding pictures, was a grand affair with approximately 100 guests in attendance.
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However, despite the initial joy, their marriage did not stand the test of time. The couple divorced in 2014, which Sonia Mbele described as the most challenging experience she has ever faced.