Sello Sebotsane Biography

Sello Sebotsane Biography

Sello Sebotsane, born on October 23, 1970, is a renowned South African actor and producer. With a career spanning from 1994 to the present, he has made significant contributions to the South African film and television industry. He is most recognized for his roles in popular television serials such as “Stokvel,” “Those Who Can’t,” “Rockville,” and “90 Plein Street.”

Early Life and Education

Born in Tshwane, South Africa, Sello Sebotsane embarked on his journey in the world of arts and drama at a young age. He pursued a National Diploma in Speech and Drama from the Tshwane University of Technology, laying a solid foundation for his future career in acting and production.

Personal Life

Sello was married to Shoki Sebotsane, a fellow actress and fashion designer. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Oratile Kutlwano. However, their relationship took a tragic turn in 2018 when Shoki was subjected to domestic violence by Sello. The incidents, which took place at their Kibler Park home, south of Johannesburg, resulted in injuries to Shoki’s face, stomach, and legs.

Following these incidents, Sello was charged with domestic violence and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The court case was opened in 2016 at the Mondeor police station in Johannesburg.


Film Debut and Early Roles

Sello made his film debut in 1994 with the role of “Jim Makokela” in the film “Jock: A True Tale of Friendship,” co-directed by Danie Joubert and Duncan MacNeillie. He continued to showcase his acting prowess in films such as “Panic Mechanic,” “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures,” “Orion’s Key,” “Ernest Goes to Africa,” “Tarzan and the Lost City,” and “CI5: The New Professionals.”

Television Career

In 2006, Sello made a recurring role as “Jacob” in the SABC3 drama series “One Way,” appearing in two episodes. He then joined the SABC2 Afrikaans serial “Andries Plak” in 2007. His role as “Philane” in the SABC2 sitcom “Stokvel” became very popular, and he continued to play the role until the eighth season in 2012.

In 2012, he appeared in the SABC3 comedy “Those Who Can’t” as “Principal Ezekiel Dlamini,” a role he reprised in the second season. That same year, he played “Thabo Kekana” in the SABC2 drama “Erfsondes,” also returning for the second season. In 2008, he starred in the M-Net comedy series “Van der Walt’s Fault” as “Progress.”

While playing in “Stokvel,” he also portrayed “Bhekumuzinsizwe ‘The General’ Letswalo” in another SABC2 sitcom, “Home Sweet Home,” in 2011. He then appeared in the SABC2 parliamentary drama series “90 Plein Street” as “George Motha.” In 2013, he joined the cast of the Mzansi Magic drama serial “Rockville,” playing “Pastor Morake” for four consecutive years until 2016.

In 2016, he appeared in the second and third seasons of another Mzansi Magic drama serial, “Saints and Sinners,” as “Sbu Khumalo.” Apart from these notable roles, he also appeared in many television serials and soap operas in supportive and minor roles, including “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” “CI5: The New Professionals,” “Isidingo,” “Backstage,” “Scoop Schoombie,” “SOS,” “Madam and Eve,” “Hidden City,” “Egoli,” and “Safe.”

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Theatre Career

In addition to his work in cinema and television, Sello has performed in many theatre productions, joining renowned theatre companies such as the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, the Grahamstown Arts Festival, and the Market Theatre. His notable theatre plays include “Scribble,” “Happy Natives,” “Cold Stone Jug,” “Sophiatown,” “Gugi Mzimba: The Spirit of Gerald Sekoto,” “The Mountaintop,” and “The Amen Corner.” His performance in “Happy Natives” earned him the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor.


1994Jock: A True Tale of FriendshipJim MakokelaFilm
1996Tarzan: The Epic AdventuresMbekoFilm
1996Panic MechanicHijackerFilm
1996The Legend of the Hidden CityOtethTV series
1996Orion’s KeySergeant MakojaneFilm
1997Ernest Goes to AfricaBazooVideo
1998Tarzan and the Lost CityDubeFilm
1999CI5: The New ProfessionalsCap’nFilm
2000Soul BuddyzChairmanTV series
2005Mazinyo dot QMr BigTV series
2006StokvelPhilane PhiriTV series
2006One WayJacobTV series
2007Andries PlakMayorTV series
BackstagePeterTV series
2007ErfsondesThabo KekanaTV series
2008Van der Walt’s FaultProgressTV series
2009The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective AgencyReverend ShadrackTV series
201190 Plein StreetGeorge MothaTV series
2011Home Sweet HomeBhekumuzinsizwe LetswaloTV series
2011Jacob’s CrossWild DogTV series
2012Those Who Can’tPrincipal Ezekiel DlaminiTV series
2013RockvillePastor MorakeTV series
2013Safe As Hauser’sMr MamaboloTV series
2015Tremors 5: BloodlinesThabaFilm
2016Greed & DesireAtlehaTV series
2016Saints and SinnersSbu KhumaloTV series
2016Sokhulu & PartnersHenry NdanaTV series
2017Broken VowsAceTV series
2018The ThroneJudgeTV series
IsidingoBra FoxTV series
2019TrackersJohn BurgerTV series
2020Löwenzahn – Abenteuer in SüdafrikaPolizistTV movie
2020LöwenzahnPolizistTV series
2020VuthaSkhonjaneTV series
2020Kings of Jo’burgStan MazibukoTV series
2021House of ZwideDetective JonasTV series
2021Ak’siSpazaBra PantsulaTV series

Net Worth

Over the years, Sebotsane has showcased his talent in a variety of television serials. These include not only Stokvel but also “Those Who Can’t”, “Rockville”, and “90 Plein Street”. Each of these roles has allowed him to explore different characters and narratives, further enhancing his acting portfolio.

As of 2023, Sebotsane’s successful acting career has resulted in an estimated net worth of $400,000. This wealth is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and the high regard in which he is held within the industry. His journey serves as an inspiration to many aspiring actors who dream of making a mark in the world of entertainment.

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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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