Simo Magwaza Biography

Simo Magwaza Biography

Simo Magwaza, a renowned South African actor, is celebrated for his role as Humphrey in the drama series 4Play: Sex Girls and currently captivating audiences as Mamba on etv’s Scandal! With a rich history in television, he has an impressive list of roles to his credit. As he continues to add intrigue to Scandal!, let’s delve deeper into his life.

Personal Life and Background

Age: 52 years

Year of Birth: 1968

Place of Birth: KwaZulu-Natal

Profession: Actor

Education and Qualifications: Drama (Natal Technikon)

Net Worth: $1.8 million

Career Beginnings

After earning his drama diploma at Natal Technikon, Magwaza put his skills to the test. He began his career in theatre, featuring in numerous productions, including:

  • Anthony and Cleopatra
  • Asinamali
  • Dandelions and the Eleventh Hour
  • Displaced Persons
  • Jody Anne
  • Othello
  • Parentese of Blood
  • Take a Stand.
  • The Curse
  • Tricks of Slapin
  • Tsotsi
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Woza Albert

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Television Roles

Magwaza’s exceptional talent led him to co-star with famous personalities like Ice Cube, Sean Connery, and Don Cheadle. Gaining fame in Mzansi and beyond, Simo secured roles in the following TV Shows:

  • Backstage
  • Dark Angels
  • Generations
  • Going Up
  • Hard Copy
  • Home Affairs
  • Human Cargo.
  • Jozi Streets
  • Justice for All
  • Madam and Eve
  • Soul City
  • Stokkies
  • Tarzan: The Epic Adventures
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
  • The Res
  • The Syndicate.
  • Third World
  • Uzalo
  • Wild at Heart
  • Yizo Yizo
  • Zero Tolerance


Magwaza’s filmography is equally impressive, featuring in films such as:

  • A Good Man in Africa
  • Beat the Drum
  • Dangerous Ground
  • Der Weisse Afrikaner.
  • District 9
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Impunity
  • Manhunters
  • Platinum
  • Red Tide
  • The Good Provider

Awards and Recognition

With such talent, it’s no surprise that Magwaza has received recognition. He was nominated for a SAFTA Award in the category Best Supporting Actor for his role in Hard Copy 3 in 2007. Although the award was won by Jerry Mofokeng for When We Were Black, the nomination itself is a significant accolade for the actor.

Personal Life

While his character Mamba on Scandal! is married to a young woman, many are curious about his real-life partner. However, Magwaza keeps his personal life private, leaving room for speculation about his marital status.

Net Worth

Magwaza is a master of his craft. With a long list of roles and a rich filmography, he has earned a substantial income from his acting career. With a net worth of a staggering $1.8 million, he continues to aim for the stars.

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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