If you have watched the SABC 1 Sitcom Gauteng Maboneng, then you must be familiar with Linda Sebezo, who takes the role of Koko, an aged grandmother who raised Lebo. Sebezo has been in the acting scenes for some time, and we all love to see her on our screens. She is also a dancer, singer, and director.
So how old is Linda Sebezo? Read on to know all about her life, family, career, and awards.
Linda Sebezo profile summary
- Name: Linda Sebezo
- Date of birth: November 11, 1964
- Linda Sebezo age: 55
- Zodiac sign: Scorpio
- Gender: Female
- Nationality: South African
- Ethnicity: Black
- Occupation: Actress, musician, dancer
- Linda Sebezo Instagram: @linda_sebezo
- Linda Sebezo Twitter: @linda_sebezo
Linda Sebezo biography
The gorgeous actress was born and raised in Rockville Soweto. She was an outspoken and fearless child. Her interest in acting began when she was still young as she would act out the movies and theatre plays and her father would watch her. Growing up, she had a full household with 20 cousins; they did not have much, but they were a happy family.
She, however, wanted to be a nurse when she grew up mainly because many of her family members were nurses and that back then, black people could only do a limited number of professions. She never thought she would become an actress or a musician since there were no acting and musical schools during the apartheid period.
Linda Sebezo family
The South African star is a single mother of two. Linda Sebezo daughter, Thandi, also wants to become an actress and currently owns a hair selling business.
Linda Sebezo son, Fezile, is soft-spoken and wants to be a gospel musician. He, however, expresses his concerns about being in the spotlight and wants to maintain some mystery in his life. Details about Linda Sebezo partner are yet to be disclosed. Both Thandi and Fezel are proud of their mother for raising them, and they have an open relationship.
The South African star started her professional acting career in 1980 with a Gibson Kente production. She first met the late Gibson, a playwright, and composer in 1979 while she was hiking with her friends. She then told Gibson that she wanted to be an actress, and he invited her to his studio in Dube Soweto. While she was there, she had a chance to meet other great talents such as Brenda Fassie, who was also his student. She got to work with Brenda in a play titled Hungry Spoon.
Other Linda Sebezo TV shows and movies include:
- 'Sgudi 'Snaysi
- Hlala Kwabafileyo
- Kwahala Nyonini
- Ashifa Shaba
- Soul Bussyz
- Back Stage
- Rhythm City
She also directed some of Gibson Kente's works including, The Call and Mfowethu.
Linda Sebezo Isibiya
The mother of two stars in the South African daily drama series, Isibiya, takes the role of Lilian Nyandeni alongside her fellow co-stars, including Siyabong Thwala, Thuli Thabethe, Chris Q Radebe, and Mampho Brescia.
Sebezo has also been in the cast of several stage plays such as:
- Money Maker
- Location 1973
- iPi Ntombi
- Crime & Johannesburg
- Julius Cesar
- Things Are BadMzala
- What a Shame
- She fears the Night
- No Peace in the Family
- The GK's
- Die Pakmer
The beautiful actress has achieved a lot in her acting career, and she owes it all to her discipline and respect.
Linda Sebezo Awards
At the 2006 SAFTAs, the Isibiya star took home a Best Supporting Award. She was happy as she had finally been recognized after spending 36 years in the industry. She also holds two SATFA Golden Horn Awards in other productions.
Linda Sebezo Nominations
This year in the South Africa Film and Television Awards, The Mzansi Magic show, Isibiya is up for 11 nominations, including the most popular TV Soap, Best Telenovela, Scriptwriting, Directing, Supporting Actress (Linda and Lerato Mvelase) and Supporting Actor (Aubrey Poo).
Linda Sebezo Dancing
The mother of two is a professional dancer and has been teaching young artists in dancing and singing.
Linda Sebezo House
The veteran actress used to own a house in Cleveland, Johannesburg, which she lost in 2008 after she was arrested for allegedly having a Mandrax worth R5 million. She went to Sun City Prison for three months. While in prison, she taught her cellmates singing, dancing, and acting. Upon her release, without a job, she had to move into a one-bedroom house, which was not a big deal to her since she had come from a humble background.
Relief Fund denial
During these lockdown times, the government of SA announced that it had set aside R150 million for those who need financial assistance. However, Linda called out the government for how they are treating artists since they have been excluded as those eligible to apply for the relief fund.
Linda Sebezo is an inspiration to all the youth who want to join the film industry. She is living proof that with hard work, respect, and discipline, we can achieve anything.