Maggie Benedict (born in Pretoria on February 10, 1981) is a South African actress, writer and director. She studied acting at Pretoria Tech. Benedict is best known for playing the role of Akhona Miya on the SABC 1 soap opera Generations (2011-2014).

Maggie Benedict
Maggie Benedict

(1981-02-10) February 10, 1981 (age 43)
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materTshwane University of Technology
  • Actress
  • writer
  • director
Years active2010–present
AwardsSouth African Film and Television Awards for Best-supporting actress.

Benedict has appeared in films including Attack On Durfur (2009), Step to a Start Up (2014) and Queen of Katwe (2016). She received the South African Film and Television Awards for best ensemble cast award for her performance in the 2011 film The Mating Game. During her theatre stint, Benedict performed at the Civic Theatre in Showboat and Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

On television, Benedict starred as Akhona Miya in the SABC drama Generations from 2011 to 2014, and as Violet in the telenovela series Ashes To Ashes (2015–2016), for which she received South African Film and Television Awards for Best-supporting actress. From 2010 to 2011, she co-starred as Zoey Matsekwa in the M-Net/kykNET soapie Binnelanders.

Early life and education edit

Benedict was born February 10, 1981, in Pretoria, province of Gauteng, the daughter of a retired teacher, and a medical doctor.[1] She has two siblings, Nkoni and Abel Benedict.[2][3] Benedict graduated from Pretoria Technikon (Now known as Tshwane University of Technology), where she started acting.[4]

In 2007, Benedict graduated from New York's, Michael Howard Studios. As a college student, she made she would be found hanging around in libraries.[5] While at the school, Benedict performed in various Stage productions and school plays, including "Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner" and "Anais Nin Goes To Hell". In 2008, she appeared in Anthony Minghella's film adaption of Alexander McCall Smith 's series of books The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, she starred in the movie along Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose.[6]

Film career & Television career edit

Benedict has guest-starred on several television shows, including SABC 3 Hard Copy (2006), the kykNET series Hartland in 2011, and SABC 2 Geraamtes in die Kas in (2013-2011).[7][8]

In 2007, After graduating from college, she landed a role on 7de Laan. This was her first TV show, she portrayed the role of Lebo.[4]

In 2010 Benedict starred as Grace Molele in the SABC 2 drama series, The Mating Game, in 2010 alongside Renate Stuurman and Elma Postma. It was based on, the personal lives of three women struggling with motherhood, love and friendship.[9] Between April 2010 and 2011, she was cast in the M-Net/kykNET soapie Binnelanders (which was known as Binneland Sub Judice at the time).[10]

Generations (2011-2014 Axed) edit

On October 12, 2011, she made her debut on SABC1 popular soapie Generations, where she played role of Akhona Memela Miya,[11] The role brought Benedict widespread recognition and critical acclaim.[12] The soap was an instant success in the ratings (with almost 7 million viewers per episode), and Benedict became an audience favorite. In 2014 Benedict and other 15 actors were dismissed after they went on strike (for wage increase) and failed to meet a deadline set by the producer to return to work.[13][14] After Generations executive producer Mfundi Vundla fired the actors from the program and terminated their contracts, The actors (Generations 16) took legal actions.[15]

Ashes To Ashes - present edit

In February 2015, several months after the "Generations 16" actors saga, Benedict and other actors who were fired joined etv new telenovela Ashes To Ashes (2015-2016).[16][17]

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Attack On Durfur Halima
2014 Step To a start up N/a
2016 Queen Of Kwate Chess Federation Secretary

Television edit

Year Title Role Episodes Notes
2006 Hard Copy Noxee
2007 7de Laan Lebo
2009 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Violet 1
2010 Geraamtes in die Kas Bongi van der Merwe 1
2011 Hartland Xolile 1
2010-2011 Binnelanders Zoey Matsekwa 41
2011–2014 Generations Akhona Mamela Miya 10
2015 – 2016 Ashes To Ashes Violet 41
2017 The Good Doctor Georgieta Bangura 1
2017 Super Wings! Bokamoso 1
2018 The Romanoffs Personal Nurse 1
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Lawyer 1
2022 New Amsterdam Doctor Charmaine Stewart 1 Episode 12

References edit

  1. ^ "10 Things you don't know about Maggie Benedict". OkMzansi. 18 June 2014.
  2. ^ ""Maggie Benedict treats me like a mental case" - sister | All4Women". All 4 Women. 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ News, Eyewitness. "Family will fight to clear Maggie Benedict's name". {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ a b "Profile: Maggie Benedict". News24. 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Maggie Benedict!". 28 July 2012.
  6. ^ "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV Series 2008–2009) - IMDb" – via
  7. ^ "Geraamtes in die Kas | Season 1 | TVSA".
  8. ^ "Hartland | Season 1 | TVSA".
  9. ^ "Maggie Benedict | TVSA".
  10. ^ Mueni, Priscillah (3 September 2019). "All about Maggie Benedict and the bleaching of her baby". Briefly.
  11. ^ "A new generation for Maggie Benedict?". News24. 10 April 2014.
  12. ^ Pantsi, Nandipha (17 September 2014). "Maggie Benedict back on Generations".
  13. ^ "Generations 16 saga timeline". 16 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Original Generations cast: Where are they now?". Channel. 1 September 2017.
  15. ^ Rahlaga, Masego. "Final Generations episode to air ahead of hiatus".
  16. ^ "Ashes to Ashes is back with new actors". 23 February 2016.
  17. ^ " pulls the plug on Ashes to Ashes". SowetanLIVE.

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