Thapelo Mokoena Biography | Age | Wife | Children | Education | Career as an Actor | Films and Roles | Businesses
Thapelo Mokoena, born Thapelo Archibald Sfufane Mokoena, is a prominent figure in South Africa’s entertainment scene. He wears multiple hats as an actor, television producer, and presenter. Notably, he gained fame for his portrayal of William in the UK’s “Bulletproof” Season 3, his involvement in the series “Trackers,” and his hosting of the inaugural season of the South African adaptation of the reality competition show “Fear Factor” in 2005.
Thapelo’s lineage is deeply connected to the world of sports and entertainment. His father, Mike Mokoena, is the distinguished owner of South Africa’s premier soccer league team, Free State Stars. Within this family context, Thapelo shares his journey with his brother, Fana Mokoena.
Mokoena’s educational pursuits took him from Ladysmith High School to Johannesburg. Initially embarking on a degree in accounting after completing his secondary education, he later followed his passion and transitioned to the study of film-making.
Career as an actor
Thapelo embarked on his professional journey through a television commercial, marking the inception of his career. He affiliated himself with a Johannesburg-based agency, securing his first prominent role in a commercial within a mere two months. Swiftly after completing his studies, he assumed the character of Gabriel in the SABC1 soap opera “Generations.” Within the soap’s narrative, he embodied the role of Karabo Moraka’s vigilant bodyguard, a character brilliantly portrayed by Connie Ferguson. Gabriel’s storyline unfurled into a passionate liaison with Karabo. Initially slated for a three-month stint, his compelling portrayal resonated deeply with the audience, leading to a commendable extension of his tenure to six months.
In 2006, Thapelo initiated his involvement as Vusi in the SABC1 drama series “Mzansi,” taking over from Fezile Mpela during the second season. Simultaneously, he assumed the role of the presenter for “Fear Factor” in South Africa, which aired on e.tv. However, Lungile Radu succeeded him in the second season due to his prior commitments.
During the third season of SABC1’s “Mtunzini.com,” Thapelo undertook the lead role of Bongani Thwala, succeeding Pepi Khambule. Unfortunately, his demand for improved compensation and working conditions resulted in his departure from the show. The year 2010 saw him become the presenter of “Rize Mzansi,” a reality TV show on SABC1, stepping in as a replacement for Tshepo Ngwane in the show’s second season.
Thapelo’s diverse portfolio includes his portrayal of Cedric Fatani in “Wild at Heart” from 2007 to 2012 and his depiction of Elias Motsoaledi in the 2013 film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
His acting prowess has graced numerous films and television series, including “Between Friends: Ithala” and “Nothing for Mahala.” Additionally, he contributed to productions such as “Broken Vows,” embodying the character Uhuru, and featured in “Mrs Nice Guy” in 2016. His role as Quinn in the acclaimed series “Trackers” and as William in Season 3 of Sky TV’s “Bulletproof” underscores his versatility.
In 2013, Thapelo showcased his dancing skills as a celebrity contestant on the sixth season of “Strictly Come Dancing.” The subsequent year, he took on the role of host for the reality series “Sinawe 72” on e.tv. Among his other works are:
- A Place Called Home: He appeared as a guest star.
- aYeYe: He acted as JK in Season 1.
- Broken Vows: He portrayed the role of Uhuru in the first season.
- High Rollers: He was in the third season of High Rollers as Jakes Xaba.
- Intersexions: He featured as Jama in the second season.
- Isibaya: In the third season of this show, he acted as JK.
- Kota Life Crisis: He was featured in seasons one and two as Sduduzo Sihlahla.
- Nomzamo: He acted as James in the first season of this series.
- She’s The One: He hosted the second season of this show.
- Society: He was featured as Ace in the second season.
- The South African Film and Television Awards: He was the presenter of the tenth and thirteenth seasons of the award show.
- Wild at Heart: He acted as Fatani in the second and third seasons.
- Zaziwa: He appeared as himself in the first season.
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: He was featured in this 2013 movie as Elias Motsoaledi.
Thapelo Mokoena assumes the roles of both founder and owner at Easy Sundays Productions, a dynamic motion picture enterprise specializing in crafting corporate videos, television productions, and cinematic works. Furthermore, he established Air Movie Nights, a pioneering company dedicated to organizing open-air cinema events in diverse settings encompassing both urban and rural landscapes. Notably, Thapelo has recently collaborated with Bosman Family Vineyards to create a signature wine widely recognized as the Thapelo Mokoena wine, bearing the name “Nero.” This distinctive wine is presently available for purchase at various retail outlets and esteemed restaurants nationwide.
Wife and Children
Thapelo Mokoena’s wife is Lesego-Tshepang Mokoena. They were married on November 24, 2012. Their union has been blessed with two children. Their firstborn, a son named Reko, graced their lives in 2015, followed by the arrival of their second son, Lefika Meraki Mokoena, in 2018.