Presley Chweneyagae is among the best male actors that South Africa possesses. He is among the country’s actors that continue to uplift the African film industry to global standards. His role in the Tsotsi movie made the film win an Oscar in 2006. He has also been able to win other awards in his career.
The actor continues to entertain Mzansi through his excellent acting skills. Acting is a passion that he has since his childhood, and he has never tried anything else in life.
Chweneyagae profile summary
- Full name: Presley Chweneyagae
- Date of birth: 19th October 1984
- Age: 35
- Gender: male
- Marital status: married
- Nationality: South African
- Profession: actor
- Instagram: @presleychweneyagae
Presley Chweneyagae biography
He was born on 19th October 1984 in the North West Province in South Africa. This was during the apartheid era where the white minority denied the black majority almost all political rights. His mother, Agnes Keagile, gave him the name Presley because Elvis Presley was her favorite musician. His mother was a police officer. He has three siblings.
Presley Chweneyagae wedding and family
His wife is from Swaziland, and they have three boys together. Two of the boys are called Preston and Siya. There are no details about Presley Chweneyagae’s wedding.
Presley Chweneyagae career
Presley showed an interest in acting from a very young age, and his mother noticed it. He used to act in church. Agnes enrolled him in acting classes. He later went to a drama school owned by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, a stage director and playwriter. He was doing theater roles as a teenager before he got a lead role in the Tsotsi movie in 2005, a film that gave him global recognition. He has acted in other Presley Chweneyagae movies, telenovelas, and TV series such as:
- Menda City (2009)
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
- Zama Zama (2013)
- iNumber NumberTV (2017)
- Presley Chweneyagae The River (2018)
- More Than Just a Game
- State of Violence
- Africa United
- 90 Plein Street
The actor also performs on stage in theatres and places like Presleys Pretoria.
Presley Chweneyagae awards
The talented actor has been able to win several awards in his career as an actor. Below is a list of awards he won.
- His title role in Tsotsi film made the movie win an academy award at the 78th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film (2006)
- Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (2006)
- Golden Horn for his role in The River at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS)
Presley Chweneyagae foundation
He has a foundation that is aimed at helping the poor communities in South Africa using the performing arts. Disadvantaged places, especially the rural areas, are uplifted using workshops and street talks by professional performers.
Presley Chweneyagae net worth
The award-winning South African actor appreciates the value of money. His net worth, however, has not been disclosed.
Presley Chweneyagae interesting facts
1. He believes that circumstances force people to be who they are.
This is what he told Lexington Herald-Leader writer, Rich Copley, when they were talking about Tsotsi:
But after watching the film, I can see that people do not choose where they come from. They do not choose their financial background or their social background. It's just circumstances that force them to be what they are.
2. He had a passion for acting from a young age.
3. The award-winning actor loves living in South Africa and prefers doing local projects.
My life obviously changed after we won the Oscar. I got calls from around the world, and there was a lot of interest. I would send audition tapes across and sometimes hear back. I could have gone to LA, but without anything concrete, I didn't want to rush off and then end up broke and homeless in LA. It happens all too often.
4. He values his family and creates time for them on his busy schedule.
5. He is a Christian.
Presley Chweneyagae's acting career is an inspiration to young people. He teaches us that when you have passion for something and pursue it, you will get what you are looking for. The award-winning actor now has a successful acting career, a beautiful family, and a foundation to uplift disadvantaged South African communities.