Thabo Malema Biography

Thabo Malema Biography

Thabo Gabriel Malema, born on the 26th of December, 1985, is a renowned actor hailing from South Africa. His journey in the world of acting has been marked by numerous notable performances in both film and theatre.

Personal Life and Education

Born in Mabopane, a township in Gauteng, Johannesburg, Malema’s early life was steeped in the rich cultural milieu of South Africa. He completed his primary education at Maryvale College, a well-known institution in Johannesburg.

Following his passion for the arts, Malema pursued film studies at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA). This institution is known for its rigorous curriculum and has been the starting point for many successful actors in the industry.

In addition to his film studies, Malema also pursued a degree in Communication and Language at UNISA, further broadening his academic horizons. In 2010, he had the opportunity to travel to Uganda and Niger, where he worked with the Airtel mobile company.

Career Beginnings and Breakthrough

Malema embarked on his acting career in 2006, despite not having a traditional acting background. His first major project was the production of the historical film, “Kalushi”. The film tells the poignant story of Solomon Mahlangu, a young boy who joins the South African Liberation movement after being brutalized by apartheid police officers.

Theatre Contributions and Recognition

In the realm of theatre, Malema has showcased his acting prowess in stage plays such as “All Balls”, “Umuzi ka Vusi”, and “Woza Albert”. His performance as Khaya in the film “Single Guys” earned him a nomination for the Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a lead role at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in 2015.

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Television and International Collaborations

Apart from his work in cinema and theatre, Malema has also made his mark in television productions. He has appeared in popular shows like “The Lab”, “Room 9”, “Single Guys”, “Gold Diggers”, and “Lithapo”. His international collaborations include Hollywood movies such as “Primeval Kill”, “10 000 BC”, and “A Million Colors”.

In August 2020, Malema starred in the sex comedy film “Seriously Single”, co-directed by Katleho Ramaphakela and Rethabile Ramaphakela. The film was released on Netflix on 31 July 2020.

Television Serials

Over the years, Malema has been part of several television serials, playing diverse roles and showcasing his versatility as an actor. Some of the notable serials include “Lithapo” (Season 1), “Gold Diggers” (Seasons 1 and 2), “The Lab” (Season 2), “Strike Back” (Season 2), “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” (Season 1), “The Professionals Single Guys” (Season 1), “The River” (Seasons 1 and 2), “Room 9” (Season 1), “Easy Money” (Season 1), “Jacob’s Cross” (Season 5), and “Gauteng Maboneng”.


Malema’s filmography is a testament to his talent and range as an actor. Some of his notable roles include Young Gisani in “White Lion” (2011), Moeketsi in “Mma Moeketsi” (2018), Lawrence in “A Million Colours” (2011), Mondy in “Kalushi” (2016), Kgotso in “Table Manners” (2018), and the Delivery man in “Seriously Single” (2020).

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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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