Fezile Mpela is a trailblazer in the South African film industry. From landing a role in a Netflix original to hosting award shows, read about his life, the controversial death of his ex-wife, and much more.
Fezile Mpela has had a fruitful life with a thriving acting career. His story has had several bumps on the road, and you can read all about it here.
Fezile Mpela biography
- Full name: Fezile Mpela
- Date of Birth: 16th November 1973
- Age: 46 years old
- Born in: Krugersdorp
- Studied at: Pretoria Technikon
- Career: Actor, TV presenter, and motivational speaker
- Favourite TV show: Smallville
- Nickname: Fuzzy
Fezile Mpela early life and early career
Fezile was born in Mogale City, Gauteng South Africa in 1973. He then went to begin his studies at the Pretoria Technikon. He became active in his acting career in 1991 but got his big break in 1994.
In April 1994, he joined M-Net as a continuity presenter. From then on, his career has soared and has become a part of several South African productions and television shows, including Generations, Isidingo, 7de Laan and the first season of the critically acclaimed SABC 1 drama series Mzansi.
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Fezile Mpela career
He is one actor with a lot of accolades under his belt. Since entering the show business scene, he has never looked back. His career has seen him land several significant roles in critically acclaimed shows, and since then, he has only expanded his skillset. This is shown by all the various activities he takes part in besides acting on TV shows.
In 2003 and 2004, he hosted the South African version of the well-known international cooking show 'Ready Steady Cook' on SABC 2. He has also hosted several prestigious events and ceremonies such as The All Africa Film Awards, The Loerie Awards, Mr and Mrs Pretoria, The SAMA awards, among others.
Fezile Mpela is also a well-established theatre actor with performances in some well-known pieces such as Songs and Tales from Africa, Kapt' uit op Afrikaans, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Too Many Cooks, Museum of Modern Mistakes, The Blacks, Roses and Angels, and Private Venture.
Fezile Mpela movies and TV shows
In movies, he has been the starring role in several productions. Here is a list showing some of the roles he has played over the years.
- 7de Laan - Sello
- Andries Plak - Paulus Tshukudu
- Bloedbroers - Abraham Mphubani
- Celebrity MasterChef South Africa - Voice Over Artist
- City Ses 'la - Justice Storm
- Die Vierde Kabinet - Hooky Evans
- Donkerland - Zwide
- Erfsondes - Themba
- Fluiters - Sam Gumede
- Gauteng Maboneng - Khanyo
- Gaz'lam - Rehab Counsellor
- Fezile Mpela Getroud met Rugby: Die Sepie - Ike
- Hard Copy - Tito Matlala
- High Rollers - TT Mogale
- Let Heaven Wait - Mr Dube
- MasterChef South Africa - Voice Over Artist
- Mtunzini.com - Prosper
- Mzansi - Vusi
- The South African Film and Television Awards - Presenter - Himself
- Transito - Majoor Mkhize
Fezile Mpela personal life
From Fezile Mpela 2018 being turbulent and leading to now, it is safe to say that he has not had an easy couple of years.
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Fezile Mpela ex-wife
In 2014, Fezile married Marilyn Natasha Mpela. In late 2017, it was reported that Fezile Mpela wife Marilyn and he were at odds with each other. A source said that:
Their relationship has broken down irretrievably and has reached such a state of disintegration that there's no reasonable prospect of getting it back to the good old days
They divorced in 2018, and then a legal battle took place between them over the division of their joint estate. He alleged that she was not complying and refused to disclose the assets that were in her possession. He was forced to get a court order from the high court in Jo'burg.
The couple lived in the posh suburb of Northcliff.
They also faced more troubles in 2018 when Fezile Mpela wife Marilyn opened an assault case against him alleging that he had slapped her.
Fezile Mpela ex-wife death
In October 2019, it was confirmed that Natasha had committed suicide. There was no reason left behind, but it was speculated that the cause was her messy divorce. She hung herself at her parents' home in Tembisa, Johannesburg.
After leaving her husband, she went to live with her parents. The family conducted a private funeral at a church in Rabie Ridge and later buried her in Tembisa.
She is not to be confused with Fezile Makhanga wife.
Fezile Mpela latest news
What happened to Fezile Mpela? In November 2019, things started looking up for Fezile. He disclosed that he was working on an original Netflix movie called Holiday in the Wild. The film is about a lady who was divorced and found her way back to love in Africa. He starred alongside the movie stars Kristen Davis and Rob Lowe, and he played the role of a game reserve ranger who helps in an elephant conservancy.
Fezile Mpela Instagram is not active, neither is he on any of the other social media websites.
That is everything you need to know about Fezile Mpela. You can catch him in the Netflix movie that was released last year. Let us know what do you think of him in the comments section below.
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