Chi Mhende Biography

Detailed Biography of Charlene Chi Kudzai Mhende

Charlene Chiedza Kudzai Mhende, widely recognized as Chi Mhende, is a distinguished actress, director, and voice-over artist hailing from Zimbabwe. Her multifaceted talents and remarkable performances across various mediums have garnered her widespread acclaim.

Table of Contents

  1. Age
  2. Background
  3. Career
  4. Filmography
  5. Awards


Chi Mhende was born on the 19th of October, 1991. As of the year 2023, she is 32 years old.


Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Chi Mhende attended a Catholic all-girls school. Her passion for drama surfaced at the tender age of 7, leading her to join the school’s drama club. Although she initially aspired to be a doctor, her deep-seated interest in theatre led her to pursue a career in the performing arts.


In 2006, Chi Mhende relocated to Cape Town, South Africa, to study at AFDA, the esteemed South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.

Her commitment to her craft opened doors to remarkable opportunities in Cape Town’s dynamic theatre scene. In 2010, she played Lady Capulet in an Artscape production of “Romeo and Juliet.” She further refined her skills through Drama Therapy, collaborating with respected organizations like the Bonfire Improv Theatre Company and the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation.

Chi Mhende’s acting prowess shone as she embraced iconic roles in theatre productions, including K. Sello Duiker’s “The Quiet Violence of Dreams,” JM Coetzee’s “Waiting for the Barbarians,” and Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which was performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in July 2012. She also appeared in “Taming of the Shrew,” “The Comedy of Errors,” and “Richard III.”

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Beyond theatre, Chi Mhende has thrived as a voice artist, contributing her expressive voice to “Siyaya” and Al Jazeera’s global health series “Lifelines.” She has also been the station voice for 702, Cape Talk, and Fine Music Radio.

In the sphere of Film and Television, she has made a lasting impact with notable credits such as “Evil in Our Midst,” “The Tunnel,” “Stokvel 6,” “Mad Dogs 3,” and “Love the One You Love,” which premiered at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival.

Her most iconic role to date is her portrayal of ‘Wandile Radebe,’ a male character, in the South African soap opera Generations, which earned her widespread recognition and admiration.


Throughout her illustrious career, Chi Mhende has showcased her versatility and talent across a variety of film and television projects. Some of her notable works include:

  • “Generations” (TV series) as Wandile Radebe (2015)
  • “The Tunnel” (Short film) as Monica (2010)
  • “Love the One You Love” (Film) as Terri (2014)
  • “Bridging Waters” (TV Mini-Series documentary) as Narrator (2014)
  • “Homeland” (TV series) as Aide (2014)
  • “Scribblings” (Short film) as Viva (2014)
  • “Siyaya: Come Wild with Us” (TV series documentary) as Narrator (2015)
  • “Lazy Susan” (Short film) as Susan (2015)
  • “Jamillah and Aladdin” (TV series) as Physician (2015)
  • “Detour” (TV series) as Hospital Receptionist (2016)
  • “Queen Sono” (TV series) as Miriro Dube (2020)


Chi Mhende’s exceptional talent has been recognized and celebrated through various awards and nominations, including:

  • Wallbridge Award Best Shakespearean Item – National Allied Arts, Harare 2003 & 2004.
  • Best Actress – AFDA 2008.
  • Best Actress – Durban International Film Festival 2014.
  • Promising Young Artist nominee – African Movie Academy Awards 2015

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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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