Nelisa Mchunu Biography
Nelisa Mchunu, born on 2 February 1992, is a South African actress, model, MC, motivational speaker, and writer. She has gained recognition for her roles in popular television soap operas such as Isithembiso, Isibaya, and Uzalo, where she played the character Fikile.
Early Life and Education
Born in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Nelisa was one of ten siblings in her family. Tragically, her father passed away when she was just four years old. At the age of six, she moved with her mother, a teacher, to Clermont, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
During her eighth grade, Nelisa and her two brothers relocated to Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal to live with their grandmother. It was during her high school years that she developed an interest in dramatic arts, which she pursued as a subject.
Nelisa enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand to study BA in Media Studies. However, due to financial constraints, she was unable to complete the course. Before embarking on her acting career, she worked as a waitress and an assistant for a PR company.
Nelisa’s acting career began in 2015 when she joined the cast of the SABC 3 television soap opera Isidingo as an extra. Her talent was recognized, and in 2016, she was invited to play the role of “Fikile” in the soap opera Uzalo. Her portrayal of Fikile became highly popular, and she continued to play the role for six years until 25 May 2021.
There were plans to kill off her character according to the plot, but Nelisa pleaded for her character’s life. The producers eventually retired the role when it could no longer fit into the storyline.
After her exit from Uzalo, she appeared on the SABC 1 soap opera Generations: The Legacy, playing the role of a disgruntled client of #Ezweni. In late 2021, she made a return to Uzalo.
Over the years, Nelisa has been part of several TV series:
- 2015: She was part of the TV series Isidingo.
- 2016-2021: She played the role of Fikile in the TV series Uzalo.
- 2020 – 2022: She appeared as a client of #Ezweni in the TV Series Generations: The Legacy.
- 2022-2023: She played the character Bazothini in the TV series Isifiso.