Lorcia Cooper

Lorcia Cooper-Khumalo (born 9 November 1978), is a South African actress and dancer.[1] She is best known for her roles in the popular television serials Backstage, Scandal, Lockdown, Zulu Wedding and Hey Boy.[2]

Lorcia Cooper
Lorcia Cooper

(1978-11-09) November 9, 1978 (age 43)
NationalitySouth African
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Mandla Khumalo

Personal lifeEdit

She was born on 9 November 1978 in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to Mandla Khumalo.[3] The couple has one daughter and one son.[4]

In 2019, she suffered with swollen lymph nodes in thyroid. For the treatment, she had carbon dioxide injections for the puffiness around her eye.[5]


When she was four years old, her parents enrolled her to a dancing class after seeing her passion for dancing and competed at Latin American and Ballroom dancing competitions. At the age of five, she won her first competition in the provincial championships for both Ballroom and Latin American dances. At age of eight, she attended to the Academy of Dance and studied dancing under renowned choreographer Debby Turner, who became her mentor and guide. Later she joined the North West Arts Council's Dance Academy where she was lucky to be a teacher in late years. When she was 19 years old, she won the FNB Vita Best Female Dancer Award.[4][6]

She later joined with SABC2 channel and became a Travel Xplorer presenter. During this period, she was invited to play the lead role 'Cindi' in the film Hey Boy directed by Andre Odendaal which was aired in 2003. In 2008, she was appointed as one of the judges in the dancing competition, Dans! Dans! Dans! aired on ykNET. In 2008, she became the choreographer and judge in the reality competition, 'High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa' aired on M-Net.[4][1]

In 2017, she played in the Mzansi Magic show, Lockdown with the role of 'Tyson' in its fourth season.[7] In the same year, she played the supportive role 'Marang' in the film Zulu Wedding.[1] In March 2019, she won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the SAFTA awards for her role in Lockdown 2.[4] In September 2020, she appeared in the Mzansi drama series Housekeepers with the role 'Mkhonto'.[8]

Television rolesEdit

  • #Karektas as a celebrity guest judge
  • Backstage as Charmaine Jacobs
  • Bedford Wives as Lorna Williams
  • Change Down as a celebrity guest judge
  • Eish! Saan as a celebrity prankster
  • It's OK We're Family as herself
  • The Bantu Hour as Guest
  • The Comedy Central Roast as herself
  • Housekeepers as Mkhonto
  • Still Breathing as Lucille
  • Lockdown as Tyson
  • Zulu Wedding as Marang
  • Hey Boy as Cindi
  • Hosted of the second season of Showville* .
  • Presenter of season 11 and 13 of The South African Film and Television Awards
  • The Estate as Jo Mohammed


  1. ^ a b c "Lorcia Cooper: Born: 09 November 1978 (42 years old)". tvsa. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Actress Lorcia Cooper swaps dance moves for prison life". 702. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Call me Mrs Khumalo". Daily Voice. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Lorcia Cooper bio". briefly. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Lorcia Cooper opens up about her struggles with her thyroid". timeslive. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Lorcia Cooper Kumalo". osmtalent. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Why Lockdown's Lorcia Cooper doesn't need Hollywood". edgars. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Lorcia Cooper on playing Mkhonto and the lack of leading roles for coloured actors". news24. Retrieved 18 November 2020.

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