Katlego Danke Biography

Katlego Danke is a talented South African actress, radio DJ, and TV presenter. She was born on November 7, 1978, and is of Tswana ethnicity. Danke is known for her extensive role playing on South African soap operas such as Backstage, Generations, Gomora, and Isidingo.

Early Life

Danke was born on November 7, 1978, in the North West. She spent her childhood in various places such as Mahikeng, Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, and Potchefstroom.


Before getting into television, Katlego was performing in theatre. She obtained her BA in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town in 2001 and is renowned for her stage performances in theatre productions such as Beyond the Veil, The House of Kalumba, The Town that was Mad, Crimes of the Heart, King Lear, Miss Tertiary Feel, Occupational Therapy Project, and the Opera performance of Macbeth. In 2002, she played a role on e.tv’s Backstage. She appeared on Generations from 2006 and received a best actress award from the South African Film and Television Awards. She has also appeared in commercials for Vanish, Clover, and Honda. In 2010, she completed a diploma in Management Studies with Wits Business School. In 2015, she landed the lucrative contract of brand ambassador to the international baby products brand Philips Avent.

Danke has received several accolades throughout her career. In both 2006 and 2011, she was voted as one of FHM’s 100 sexiest women in the world. In 2010 she was nominated for a YOU spectacular award for Favourite Actress. She was also nominated for Best Screen Villain in the Duku-Duku 2004 Awards and Best Dressed Actress in 2009 at the South African Film and TV Awards.

In 2016, following her departure from Generations, Danke began playing a recurring role in the South African soap opera Isidingo. On the show, she plays the character Kgothalo. Isidingo ended its 21-year run on March 12, 2020. Prior to Isidingo’s conclusion, it was announced that Danke would have a starring role in Gomora, a new South African telenova on digital satellite and entertainment channel Mzansi Magic. In 2023 she took a maternity leave from Gomora because she is pregnant.


Danke has an extensive filmography that includes roles in television shows such as What’s Bothering Marc Lottering, 7de Laan, Backstage, Elna Liebe in Afrika, Gomora, Generations, and Isidingo. She has also performed in dramas such as Beyond The Veil, The House of Kalumba, The Town that was Mad (based on Under Milk Wood), King Lear, The Suit and Miss Tertiary Feel.

Awards and Nominations

In 2010, Katlego received the best actress award at the South Africa film and TV awards (SAFTAS) for her character as “Dineo Mashaba” on Generations.

Katlego Danke’s Son

The actress has always kept her personal life private and she has not disclosed the name of her husband or boyfriend. Despite her desire for privacy, people know that she has a son who was born in 2017.

The father of Katlego Danke’s child is unknown although some rumors point fingers at Patrice Motsepe.

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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