Bathabile Mashigo Biography

Bathabile Mashigo Biography

Bathabile Mashigo, a South African actress, has made a name for herself in the television industry. She is not only an actress but also an art enthusiast who has worked in museums and operated in the corporate art world. However, her passion for drama led her back to acting.

Early Life and Education

Bathabile Mashigo was born on 16th November 1978 in Soshanguve, Tshwane, Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa. As of 2022, she is 43 years old and will celebrate her 44th birthday before the end of the year. She attended Technikon Pretoria, presently known as Tshwane University of Technology, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in 2001.

Her talent for drama was noticed by one of her high school teachers who taught her speech and drama. This teacher encouraged her to pursue a degree in drama instead of the marketing and advertising career she was initially considering. Despite her father’s desire for her to become a doctor, he supported her choice to follow her passion for drama.

Personal Life

Bathabile Mashigo, also known as Grace Medupe of Scandal!, is a private individual despite the roles she plays on TV. She is a mother of one and identifies as straight. She has black hair and brown eyes.


After graduating from university, Mashigo moved to New York, where she worked as a childcare assistant. She later returned to South Africa to pursue a Master’s degree in drama while focusing on entrepreneurship in the entertainment industry. After completing her Master’s degree, she returned to New York and taught African storytelling at the French Woods Art Camp.

Between 2001 and 2005, Bathabile worked with different production companies. Her first role in the South African movie industry was as an HIV-positive character known as Magda in a series titled Generations, a role she played from July 2005 to October 2006.

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Since then, Bathabile has featured in various television productions, including:

  • 90 Plein Street – Season 2
  • Death of a Queen – Season 1
  • Jacob’s Cross – Season 2
  • Maseko Ties – Season 1
  • Noah’s Ark – Season 1
  • Rhythm City – Season 1
  • Scandal! – Season 1
  • Society – Season 2
  • The Queen – Season 5
  • Umbuso – Season 1

In addition to her acting career, Bathabile is also interested in the business aspect of being an entertainer and has actively worked towards it academically and professionally. During an interview, she expressed her desire to explore how entrepreneurship education can help those in the entertainment industry.

Controversial Roles

Bathabile Mashigo sometimes plays controversial characters in the TV shows she appears in. She is best known for her role in the South African television series, Scandal!, where she plays one of the most controversial characters, Grace Medupe. Her portrayal of Grace, who chose romance with a younger man over caring for her real son, may be considered the worst depiction of a mother.

Net Worth

As an actress and entrepreneur, Bathabile Mashigo has amassed a net worth of $400,000. She continues to contribute to the entertainment industry through her acting roles and entrepreneurial ventures.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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