Samela Tyelbooi Biography

Samela Tyelbooi Biography

Samela Tyelbooi, born on May 4, 1981, is a renowned actress from South Africa. At the age of 41, she has gained significant recognition for her role as Lois Gumede in the SABC1 drama series, Society. She is also celebrated for her portrayal of Ayanda in the SABC1 soap opera, Generations: The Legacy. Her performances are marked by great enthusiasm, making her characters relatable to viewers.

Quick Facts

  • Name: Samela Tyelbooi
  • Date of Birth: May 4, 1981 (41 years old)
  • Place of Birth: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
  • Nationality: South African
  • Education: BTech, Information Technology
  • Alma mater: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Children: 3
  • Occupation: Actress, Singer
  • Years Active: 2006 – Present
  • Profiles: Instagram, Twitter
  • Net Worth: R2.4 million

Early Life

Born in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Samela Tyelbooi developed a passion for acting from a very young age. Despite her early enthusiasm, she had her breakthrough at the age of twenty-five when she landed her first supporting role in the soap opera, Generations.

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Tyelbooi is among the few actresses who excel in almost all the roles they undertake. She made her debut major appearance on screen in a cameo role on Generations. In 2011, she appeared as Ntosh, a supporting role, in the SABC1 drama series Intsika. The following year, she featured in the soap opera Rhythm City, portraying a struggling singer and songwriter, Shado Shilongo.

In 2013, Tyelbooi landed a guest-starring role of Vumile in season one of the SABC1 science fiction series Room 9. In 2018, she appeared as Ayanda in the SABC1 soap opera Generations: The Legacy. She considers being part of Society as the highlight of her career and was a nominee for the Best Supporting Actress in the 2017 SAFTAs.


In addition to acting, Tyelbooi is also a talented singer who performs at various occasions and events. She has shared the stage with musicians like Masauko and NoBuntu Mhlambi.

Personal Life


Tyelbooi is a proud mother of three children, with her first daughter now in her twenties. She took a break from acting in 2021 due to her pregnancy with her third child. In an interview, she revealed that while motherhood can be stressful, it is also rewarding. She strives to be a good mother to her daughter and wants her to be proud of her.

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Tyelbooi prefers to keep the name of her husband private. She believes that being in a relationship has given her good practice for her roles and helps her appreciate motherhood.

Social Profiles

Tyelbooi is active on social media, where she shares posts about her music, acting career, and personal life. She has 33.6k followers on Instagram and 15.2k followers on Twitter.

Net Worth

With over fifteen years in the industry, Samela Tyelbooi is a multifaceted actress. As of August 2024, she has an estimated net worth of R2.4 million.


  • Society as Lois Gumede
  • SAFTAs as Presenter
  • Room 9 as Vumile
  • Rhythm City as Shado Shilongo
  • Maseko Ties as Grace
  • Loxion Lyric as Aunty Joan
  • It’s Complicated as Mandisa
  • Intsika as Ntosh
  • Generations as Journalist/Ayanda

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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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