We are all drawn to actors we love hating because there is some kind of satisfaction we get from seeing a bad guy in action. Masasa Mbangeni, one of the most talented actors in South Africa, is just that good at playing greedy and hateful characters. Her badass portrayal of Thembeka on Scandal is legendary and that is why transitioning to play Celia a formidable character in Harvest was seamless. Every role the actress plays demonstrates the type of genuine humility that rests at the heart of her work.
Award winning actress Masasa Mbangeni rose to prominence on TV from playing Thembeka Shezi-Nyathi on e.tv’s Scandal. Her character was the center of attention due to her badass nature which the audience loved.
With four years playing the phenomenal character, she left the show to explore different things within the arts. Mbangeni’s next role as Cecilia on e.tv’s Harvest made her an even stronger female character. She has established herself among the best actresses in the country and success is the word that comes to mind whenever her name is mentioned anywhere.
Masasa Mbangeni profile summary
- Full name: Masasa Lindiwe Mbangeni
- Date of birth: March 6th, 1987
- Place of birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
- Occupation: TV and film actress
- Nationality: South African
Masasa Mbangeni early life
Masasa Lindiwe Mbangeni is a South African actress well-known for her incredible portrayal of Thembeka the arch-villain on e.tv’s Scandal. She was born on March 6th, 1987 in Port Elizabeth where she was also raised. The talented actress later moved to Johannesburg to study dramatic arts and pursue a professional career in acting.
Actors like Nthathi Moshesh, Nomhle Nkonyeni and Sello Maake Ka Ncube inspired her decision to become an actress and she was fortunate enough to get to work with them. Although her passion lies in acting, she is also interested in producing and directing. Mbangeni received the Mandela Rhodes scholarship to study in Wits for Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts majoring in Performance and Directing.
Before her phenomenal role on Scandal, she made two guest appearances on TV as Eunice on Silent Witnesses the BBC crime drama and as Jackie’s personal assistant on Egoli the M-Net soapie. Masasa appeared on stage in three James Ngcobo directed plays at the Johannesburg Market Theatre titled Nogogo, Sundjata and Amen Corner. She also made an appearance on Oedipus @ Koonu a production by Greg Hoffman which ended up touring to the Grahamstown Festival of the Arts.
In 2016, the lovely actress took a long break from Scandal to pursue other interests and ended up getting a role in season two of Thola, a thriller series on the SABC2 channel. She made her comeback on e.tv by playing Celia a queen mogul on Harvest. Apart from acting, Mbangeni is determined to inspire the young generation of talented actors by teaching them. She took part in the Marie Claire naked campaign for 2015 to help shine a light on sexual violence against women and children.
Not much is known about Masasa’s parents; only that she was born and raised in Port Elizabeth.
Masasa Mbangeni age
How old is Masasa Mbangeni? You should know that the lovely actress was born on March 6th, 1987 and is currently 32 years old.
Masasa Mbangeni boyfriend
It is not clear whether the talented actress has a boyfriend or if she has ever been in a marriage. Although she references ‘my man’ on some Twitter posts, but it is hard to tell whether she is single or in a relationship.
Masasa has had really incredible roles on TV and has been great in all of them. She has appeared in The River Season 2 as Akhona, The Republic Season 1 as Bridget, Silent Witnesses Season 12 as Eunice, Scandal Season 1 as Thembeka Shezi, It’s Complicated Season 2 as Katlego, Housekeepers Season 1 as Nomahlubi, Harvest Season 1 as Celia, Hard Copy Season 4 as Khanya Langa and Egoli: Place of Gold Season 18 as Jackie’s PA.
The top actress played a role in the Machine Gun Preacher feature film in 2011.
Mbangeni received two nominations for Best Actress in a TV Soap from the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) in 2014 and 2015 for her incredible character on Scandal. She won the award in 2015. The phenomenal actress also received a nomination for best actress in the inaugural DStv Mzansi Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Masasa has openly talked about battling with depression and encouraged anyone going through it. She said that she woke up without the energy of getting out of bed and doing anything. While depression may cause weight loss, it is not clear whether she lost any weight.
Masasa Mbangeni Instagram
The phenomenal actress has an Instagram account titled Ms Masasa Lindiwe Mbangeni with the handle @madlomo2. She has around 72000 followers and follows around 1636 people. You need to follow her so that you can see her stunning photos. Mbangeni recently paid tribute to fellow actress Nokuthula Ledwaba in an Instagram post saying that she is like a sister to her and a prayer warrior.
An incredible talent, like Masasa Mbangeni, does not often exist and we are in awe of everything she has accomplished so far. Even with an incredible acting career, the talented actress does not stop there. She is determined to shed a light on important issues like sexual violence and depression, and to guide young actors to greatness. With nominations and awards under her belt, she is truly the South African soapie queen.