Bonnie Mbuli (3 March 1979) is a South African actress, businesswoman, and television personality. She is a presenter in one of the most watched television shows in South Africa, Afternoon Express on SABC 3. In 2020, she played Jasmine Hadley in the BBC drama series Noughts and Crosses.
March 18, 1979
|Education||Belgravia Convent, Greenside High School|
Mbuli was born in Soweto, South Africa in 1979. She attended Belgravia Convent and then Greenside High School in Johannesburg. The eldest of three children, she was discovered at a bus stop on her way home from school by an actor's agent who cast her in her first job on a television series titled Viva Families. It was 1992, and Bonnie was just thirteen years old.
TV and film careerEdit
This was followed with cameo roles in international productions Born Free 2 and Cave Girls. Bonnie went on to present various magazine programs for television including Teleschool, Zapmag, Technics Heart of the Beat and Limits Unlimited.
In 2001, she landed a lead role in the hit television soap Backstage aimed at the South African youth. She was later cast in the role of Portia in the series Gazlam. This was followed by a role in the detective series Zero Tolerance.
Bonnie hosted a talk show in South Africa on SABC 1 entitled True-Life, won a role in the mini-series Homecoming, and appeared in two Canadian television series; Charlie Jade, a sci-fi epic and Scouts Safari - an adventure series set in the African wild. She completed a major role on Home Affairs for Penguin Films; a popular thirteen-part series that interlinked the lives of five very different women. Bonnie went on to appear in television series' Soul City and Hillside in which she played the lead on both, for SABC 1 and SABC 2. She was then cast in the ground-breaking series, The Philanthropist for NBC (later also on SABC 3) – a prime time American Action drama TV series.
In film, she has played the role of singer Dolly Radebe, in Drum, the lead role in the Danish film, Blinded Angels, directed by the acclaimed Jon Bang Carlsen. In 2006 she played Precious Chamusso in the biographical thriller film about activists against apartheid, Catch a Fire. She also played Zindzi Mandela (Winnie Madikizela) in Clint Eastwood’s film, Invictus about Nelson Mandela, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
Mbuli was married to actor and TV personality Sisanda Henna and they have a child together but they adopted one child. Mbuli adopted the surname Henna and after the divorce she authored a book where she detailed her divorce and her life story.
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