Zolisa Xaluva Biography: Early Life | Background | Education | Acting Career | Films | Personal Life
Zolisa Xaluva is a renowned South African actor known for his exceptional performances on both television and film. He is best known for his roles in Generations and Gomora.
Zolisa Xaluva Early Life and Background
Born on June 13, 1983, in New Brighton in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Zolisa Xaluva grew up in a modest family. He spent his formative years in the town of Tsolo, where his passion for acting began to take shape. His family relocated to Johannesburg while he was still young and moved to Pretoria to live with his extended family. Xaluva’s early exposure to local theatre and storytelling traditions ignited his love for the performing arts and set him on a path towards stardom.
After attending a school in Pretoria, he pursued a media studies and communication science degree at the Wits Technikon University in Johannesburg. Unfortunately, he faced financial difficulties and was unable to complete his university education. Despite his ambition to establish a university radio station, his efforts did not bear fruit as he was not enrolled as a student at Wits.
Determined to chase his lifelong dreams, he relocated to his hometown of Port Elizabeth, where he joined an arts and culture group that toured schools, delivering captivating performances for young students. Eventually, he returned to Pretoria and enrolled at Pretoria Tech to pursue a degree in acting, which he successfully completed.
The initial phase of his career was challenging, with job opportunities scarce. However, his fortunes turned when he enlisted the assistance of an agent, who secured him a role in the acclaimed drama series Tsha Tsha. In 2005, he joined the cast of Generation, marking a turning point in his life as he firmly established himself within the acting industry.
In 2006, the producers of Generations granted him a break to film the fourth season of Tsha Tsha. Two years later, he secured a minor role as HHP’s Manager on e.tv’s soap opera Rhythm City. During that same year, he made appearances on SABC 1’s miniseries uGugu no Andile and the second season of SABC 1’s drama series Tshisa.
In 2014, Zolisa Zaluwa was one of the actors fired from Generations after staging a strike. The following hear, he was cast in Zabalaza
Fast forward to 2019, he was in The Queen as Diamond. In 2020, he successfully landed the role of Melusi, a school principal, in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Gomora. He also played the role of Mogootsi Masire in the Netflix series Kings Of Jo’burb. In 2022, he was featured on the star-studded fantasy series Blood Psalms.
Currently, he is playing the role of Caesar on Smoke & Mirrors.
Zolisa Xaluva has been featured in films which include Knuckle City (2019), The Throne (2018), Sew The Winter To My Skin (2018), Hustle (2016).
Zolisa Xaluva Personal Life
The actor is single and has no children. In an interview on Podcast And Chill in 2022, he revealed that he has no plans to settle down yet.