Uzalo Actress Zakhethelo In Real Life, Age, Education, Career, TV Roles, Son, Boyfriend, Abused And Net Worth
Nyalleng Thibedi is not a new name in South Africa’s entertainment industry. She is a gifted actress who pulls out her role as Zekhethelo in Uzalo so perfectly, that the production team of the series cannot think of any better person to suit that role. Apart from being an actress, she has also featured in advertisements for well-known brands like Cell C and DSTV, to mention a few.
The actress was born on the 4th of September 1980, (aged 40 years 2020) in Soweto town, Gauteng, South Africa. She never reveals any information about the names of her parents and siblings to the media. According any research her father ran his own business and her mother was a homemaker.
In 2001, she graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. She also studied acting in New York where she also participated in several productions.
Nyalleng has been an image on the screens for over years now. Her first work was Picture Perfect in 2008. By then, she was working with the New York Film Academy. Later in 2012, she got another role in a South African drama series. This woman was more of a guest role in the police based series; Streets of Mangaung.
She after that got roles to play in other series like and films. Some of the Mzansi Magic films that she featured in include; The Society, iLobolo and Single Mothers. In 2013, she landed a role in SABC1 soap opera, ‘Uzalo.’ Here, she plays the role of Zekhethelo. This role has earned her a lot of fame.
Apart from working as an actress in most of these series and films, Nyalleng has also worked on advertisements for well-recognized brands like Cell C, JET Stores, DSTV, Standard Bank and Castle Lite.
Zakhethelo TV Roles
♦ 4 Hours – season 1 as Rose Dlamini
♦ Ashes to ashes – season 1 and 2 as Mpho Rankoane.
♦ Mamello – season 1 as Naledi
♦ Mfolozi Street – season 1 as Aviwe
♦ Single mothers – season 1 as Rama
♦ Streets of Mangaung – season 1 as School teacher
♦ Task Force – season 1 as Slindile
♦ Uzalo – Season 3 as Zekhethelo
♦ Uzalo – Season 4 as Zekhethelo
Beautiful and young as she may look, Nyalleng Thibedi is a mother. That is something she never hides. Instead, she confirms that being a mother is one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of life. She is the mother of a young boy. Nyalleng Thibedi’s son is six years old. Thibedi says that motherhood has taught her to be selfless. She always wants to be a better mother to her son.
The actress is currently not dating. She was, however, in a relationship in the past. She describes her relationship as being abusive. When she spoke about her experience with domestic abuse at the hands of her partner, she had this to say, “When someone tells you that you’re unworthy, you’re good for nothing, by the time the abuse gets physical, they have worked so hard at breaking your spirit, there’s no way it’s not going to affect you,” she told Enca in August 2015. She added that she got out of the relationship when she realized she would lose her life.
Nyalleng Thibedi abuse
Despite the briefness that Thibedi displays in Uzalo, she has had a dark past. She, however, finds comfort in her career. She says that being an actress has helped her get over the pain and trauma that comes when in an abusive relationship. She says that she could sense her ex become abusive when he talked about how he grew up seeing his step-father abuse his mother.
In an interview, she quotes her ex-partner’s words, “I always remember this conversation we had when my ex and I were courting. We were sitting by the Hudson River and we were talking about our childhoods. He told me, for the first time that his step-father abused his mother. He went on to describe the nature of the abuse and how he was just eight-years-old. He told me he would walk into the bathroom to find a pool of blood. I remember that something inside of me told me this wasn’t a good sign… not because he’s bad person but because he had been witnessing abuse since he was eight. That was an alarm for me but I ignored it because, women, we always think we can change people.” Nyalleng Thibedi
She uses her relationship as an example to encourages women not to stick to abusive relationships. She adds on to say that for her case, she listened to her instinct and her gut was right. That is why she opted to get out of the relationship.
Zakhethelo Net Worth
The actress net worth is 1 million USD as in 2020
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