Mzansi Profiles! People Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele Biography| Early Life, Acting Career, Filmography, Personal Life

Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele Biography| Early Life, Acting Career, Filmography, Personal Life

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This is the biography of Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele, she is an acclaimed and award-winning South African actress known for her versatile performances in both television and film. With her captivating talent and dedication to her craft, she has garnered international recognition for her roles in popular series and movies.

Early Life

Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele was born on March 31, 1989, in Lenasia, Gauteng province, South Africa. She spent her formative years in Mmesi Park, Dobsonville, Soweto. Showing a passion for the performing arts from a young age, she enrolled at The National School of the Arts. In 2010, she graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor’s Degree Honours in Dramatic Art, further honing her skills and paving the way for her successful acting career.

Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele Biography

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Dlomo-Mphahlele’s career took off in 2012 when she landed the lead role of Detective Alice Kunene in the sci-fi television series “Room 9” broadcasted on SABC 1. Her exceptional portrayal of the character garnered critical acclaim and caught the attention of audiences. She subsequently made appearances in notable international productions, including the HBO series “Number One Ladies Detective Agency” (2008) as Baone Magasane and a cameo role as Patience in the feature film “Mary and Martha” (2013), directed by Phillip Noyce.

In 2014, Dlomo-Mphahlele made her film debut in “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” as the character Dinky Magubane. Her outstanding performance earned her recognition in the form of a South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) win for Best Actress in a Feature Film. She continued to showcase her talent on the small screen, taking on the role of Sibongile in the television series “Ayeye” during its first season.

Dlomo-Mphahlele’s breakthrough came in 2015 when she joined the cast of the Starz Network series “Black Sails.” Her portrayal of Madi, Mr. Scott’s daughter, captivated audiences and solidified her presence in the international acting scene. She appeared in the series for 16 episodes, spanning across the third and fourth seasons.

In addition to her screen performances, Dlomo-Mphahlele has also excelled in theatre. She received the Brett Goldin Best Newcomer award at the 2014/2015 Naledi Theatre Awards for her remarkable portrayal of multiple characters in the stage play “Have You Seen Zandile?” directed by Khutjo Green. She further showcased her range and versatility by starring in stage plays such as “Jero” directed by Dominique Gumede and “Play” directed by Khutjo Green.

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Notable Works

Dlomo-Mphahlele’s talent and versatility have drawn the attention of international filmmakers. In 2017, she appeared in the first South African western film, “Five Fingers for Marseilles,” portraying the character Lerato. The film received critical acclaim and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before being released in cinemas across the United States of America in September 2018. In the same year, she starred in the film “Mandela’s Gun,” directed by John Irvin, where she portrayed Winnie Mandela. The film had its world premiere in New York, Harlem, NY, further solidifying her reputation as a formidable actress.

Continuing her success in the South African television industry, Dlomo-Mphahlele joined the cast of the Mzansi Magic Sunday evening drama series “The Herd” in 2018, portraying the character Lwandle. She continues to showcase her talent and captivate audiences with her performances in various television productions.


Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele’s filmography includes a range of diverse roles that highlight her versatility and dedication to her craft. Some of her notable works include:

– “Number One Ladies Detective Agency” (2008) as Baone Magasane

– “Zone 14” (2011) as Nozibele

-“Iphupho” (2011) as Nomakhosi

– “Room 9” (2012-2013) as Detective Alice Kunene

– “Mandela’s Gun” (2013) as Winnie Mandela

– “Mary and Martha” (2013) as Patience

– “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” (2013) as Dinky Magubane

– “Leading Lady” (2014) as Model Photographer

– “Ayeye” (2014) as Sibongile

– “The Book of Negroes” (2015) as Sanu

– “Black Sails” (2015) as Madi

– “Isibaya” (2017) as Nonhlanzi aka Lethu Hlatshwayo

– “Five Fingers for Marseilles” (2016) as Lerato

– “The herd” (2018) as Lwandle

– “Generations -The Legacy” (2019) as Nonkululeko

– “Dead Places” (2020) as Nicole

-Erased (2020) as Lindo Cele

-Amazing Grace (2020) as Sarah

-Hotel on The Koppies (2020) as Roxanne

-The River (2021) as Avenida

-Scandal (2021) as Lera

-Lingashoni (2022) as Xolile Mabuya

-Isibopho (2022) as Thandi

-African Queens (2022) as Nganga

-The Woman King (2022) as Alele

-The River (2023) as Portia Duma

Personal Life

In September 2018, Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele tied the knot with her longtime partner and fellow actor Lebogang Mphahlele.

Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele Biography

Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele Biography (Image Credit: Instagram @zethu_mphahlele)

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