Amanda Du Pont is a Swazi actress, model, and singer, who is currently making waves in South Africa. This media darling has been a staple since she first burst on to the entertainment scene in 2007. She first gained prominence through her appearance on the American drama series, Life is Wild, as well as the SABC3 dramedy, Taryn & Sharon. Since then, Amanda has fast become one of South Africa’s it-girls and social media queens. More recently, Amanda is seen on the Netflix series, Shadow and since 2014, she has been playing the role of Nompumelelo “Lelo” Mthiyane in the SABC1 soap opera Skeem Saam. Learn more about her below.
Who is Amanda Du Pont and How Old is She?
Born on the 26th of June, 1988, Amanda Du Pont is a native of Manzini, Swaziland. Thanks to her extensive stay and work in South Africa, she now holds dual citizenship – both Swazi and South African. She also possesses French, Chinese, Portuguese and Swazi ancestry. Growing up, Amanda spent her early years in her hometown of Manzini along with her family and cousin Alulutho Du Pont. However, she later moved to Mpumalanga, to continue with her education.
For her education, she graduated from Uplands College in Mpumalanga. Afterward, she went on to acquire a Bachelor of Arts Degree from AFDA – The South African School of Motion Picture and Live Performance in Johannesburg in 2011. Following her outstanding academic performances, Amanda Du Pont won a scholarship of US$20,000 to study in the United States. As a result, she enrolled in the New York Film Academy, where she got extensive training from Jennifer Aniston’s personal acting coach, James Miles. She later graduated in 2012, with a Diploma in Acting.
Her Career and Rise to Prominence
Amanda Du Pont has established herself as not just an actress, but also a supermodel and a media personality. Although her career journey started in the year 2006, she bagged her first film role in 2008, playing as Senna in the American serial drama, Life is Wild. Her outstanding performance brought her to the attention of filmmakers both in South Africa and in the United States.
Subsequently, she starred in the 2012 movie, Loksion Bioskop: Andilalanga. She got her breakthrough in 2014 when she landed the lead role in the series, Between Friends. Also, in the same year, she became a cast of the South African hit soap opera, Skeem Saam, where she has been playing the role of Nompumelelo “Lelo” Mthiyane to date. She also became one of the hosts of SABC 1’s celebrity gossip show, “The Real Goboza” alongside Sinazo Yolwa and Phat Joe.
In the years that followed, Amanda Du Pont had roles in Hear Me Move and Generations, both in 2015; Between Friends (from 2016 to present); 10 Days in Sun City, and Sharon and Tayron, both in 2017; and the Netflix series, Shadow (2019). Others include Muvhango, City Ses’ la, A Place Called Home, Mzansi Love: Kasi Styl, End Game, Single Guys, and Intersexions.
Her career repertoire is always expanding; besides being a model and actress, she is also a live event MC, voice-over artist, and a brand ambassador. Her filmography has been quite extensive as well as impressive. Impressive enough to garner her a Life Time Achievement Award from the Department of Arts and Culture in Swaziland. Presently, the actress shuttles between Cape Town, Johannesburg, and New York City for both work and personal affairs.
Who are Her Parents and Family Members?
Being one of the most popular faces in South Africa, Amanda’s personal life is often a source of speculation on the media. Despite that, Amanda came from a very caring and loving family. Her father, Henry ‘Tum’ du Pont, is a mixed-race man from a royal family. He is the son of Princess Ncabile, the daughter of Prince Mshengu, who is a brother to King Sobhuza II, while his father was a white French man.
In the same vein, Amanda’s mother Antoinette is also a mixed-race woman, who had a Swati mother and a half Chinese half Portuguese father. Through her parents, Amanda has a mixed ethnicity of French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swazi. Meanwhile, she isn’t the child of her parents; she has two sisters (twins) – Kim and Kaylee. One of her super hot sisters, Kim, is reportedly dating soccer star Dino Ndlovu.
Amanda Du Pont’s Boyfriend (s)
When it comes to her love life, Amanda Du Pont has had her own fair share of romantic relationships. She has dated popular stars including Slikour, Jub Jub, and Cassper Nyovest (who claims she cheated on him). Her relationship with Jub Jub was a heavily criticized one as Jub Jub, who ran over school children during a drag racing competition, had been found guilty of murder. However, the relationship came to an abrupt end after he broke off their engagement to be in a relationship with Kelly Khumalo.
She has also revealed that she had been raped by an ex-boyfriend whom she was in an abusive relationship with. While general speculation assumed that the boyfriend in question was Jub Jub, the TV personality has since debunked those rumors herself.
Relationship With Cassper Nyovest
Amanda Du Pont and Casper Nyonest were in a relationship that was highly publicized. They were termed the golden couple and tipped to go the long haul. That notwithstanding, the pair broke up, sending fans into a fix wondering what happened.
However, at the Channel O Music Awards which was held on 29 November 2014, the pair sent social media into a frenzy as they shared a kiss on stage. This notably sparked rumors, speculating the two celebrities were back together. After that stunt, Cassper fueled rumors again, this time cementing the fact that they were no longer an item.
This was done during his Metro Awards performance on 28 February 2015 when he changed the lyrics to his hit rap song “Phumakim,” to “Even Amanda du-Pont wasn’t tailored for me, now I really f*ck with women as famous as me”. His original lyrics said, “She ain’t no Amanda du-Pont, She ain’t tailored for me, Cause I only f*ck with women.”
Since then, the pair has moved on to other relationships. Amanda is currently in a relationship with Shawn Rodriques whom she calls the love of her life. However, in July 2018, the couple announced their engagement which took place in the Maldives. Just a matter of time before we hear the wedding bells ringing.