Ayanda Bandla is a 33 year-old South African actress, vocalist, TV producer, director, and voice-over artist born in 1990. She is best known for her role as Dr. Anelisa Moabe on the e.tv medical drama, Vutha.
The actress has had quite an interesting journey in the entertainment industry. She extensively worked in the media in the field of news for a decade before she switched to acting after a friend discovered her star quality and talent. Bandla currently has over 10 professional acting credits to her name.
How Old is Ayanda Bandla and Where was She Born?
Ayanda Mandisa Bandla is 33 years old. She was born in the year 1990, however, her exact date of birth is not public knowledge. She hails from a town called Protea, in the Northern part of Soweto, Johannesburg, in Gauteng province.
She was born and raised in her hometown in a supportive family. She fluently speaks the following languages: Sesotho, English, isiZulu, Setswana, and isiXhosa.
The Protea North-born screen diva has kept the identities of her parents, family members, and information about her upbringing away from the public domain since she gained notoriety as a performer.
Bandla attended Metropolitan Raucall Secondary School in Johannesburg and later the University of Pretoria, where she majored in political science with a specialty in International Relations.
While in high school, she was a member of her school and church choirs. It was then that she fell in love with performance for the first time, and since nothing has changed.
Even before she began acting, Bandla was one actress who had a clear vision of what she wanted to do. She became aware of her strength and power even as a media celebrity at work, as well as the enormous difference she might make in the entertainment business.
She has always had a great dream, and one of her life’s ambitions is to inspire other young people in the nation to do the same. She wants them to set high goals for themselves and do everything they can to achieve them.
She is a Political Science Graduate turned Performer
Ayanda Bandla began her career in the media sector as an anchor on eTV’s Sunrise breakfast show immediately after graduating from the University of Pretoria. Her work with the outfit included recording voice-overs, writing, field reporting, producing, and anchoring on the show.
Her stint spanned four years (2011 to 2015), and the following year she made her first on-screen appearance on the popular TV series, Generations: The Legacy.
But before then, she contested in the popular reality competition One Day Leader on SABC 1, giving her a reason degree of exposure to local viewers. She also briefly worked as a presenter for “Broken Vows” in the year 2017.
Though the actress did not take lessons from any acting academy, she dedicated some time to picking up some acting tips at actor Leroy Opal’s workshops. He was the one who first discovered her star quality and acting ability.
Bandla, through the help of an acting agent, eventually snagged her first acting role upon completing the workshops. So far, she has appeared in a sizeable number of local productions, and her performances are nothing short of incredible.
Besides acting, she equally has some producing and directing credits to her name, and she intends to dedicate more time to working behind the scenes as time progresses.
The Drama Series, Vutha, is Considered her Most Prominent Work
Ayanda Mandisa Bandla owes her rise to immense fame on the screen to the e.tv popular TV series Vutha, where she portrayed the fictional character Dr. Anelisa Moabe.
The Johannesburg-born star currently plays a lead role in the TV series Smoke and Mirrors as the character Thandiswa Mseleku, a hairdresser by day and an escort by night who is on a mission of exposing three mortally corrupt men in the small mining town of Emnyameni.
She shares screen time with a good number of people she admired as a child, such as Meshack Mavuso-Magabane. She acts opposite Kabomo Vilakazi, Zolisa Xaluva, Magabane, Angela Sithole, and Lusanda Mbane.
The actress acknowledged that playing her character in the series has been both tough and exhilarating, adding that it has forced her to step outside of her comfort zone as she dives deep to uncover every emotion required for the part.
Bandla does not have any secrets like Thandiswa has, but she does share with her the capacity to speak up in front of individuals who are close to them.
Ayanda Bandla TV Works
- Generations: The Legacy
- It’s Complicated
- uBettina Wethu
- Nqobile – Season 1 (as Ntombi)
- Omen – Season 1
- Single Galz – Season 2
- Smoke & Mirrors – Season
- Shaka Ilembe
Ayanda Bandla is Also Passionate about Sports Recreation and the Arts
The former Generations actress’s passion for acting is fuelled by her holding sports recreation and Arts dearly to her heart. She is one of the actors who hold the opinion that sports and the arts allow the true spirit of Ubuntu to shine through as people collaborate and communicate while allowing each person to express themselves to the fullest.
According to her, despite differences in race and creed, people may unite via sports and the arts. Ayanda is already developing strategies to involve and motivate members of her community, both young and old, whether it be by active engagement, support through viewing, or financial or in-kind contributions to these two deserving efforts.
Is Ayanda Bandla Married or Single?
Ayanda Bandla is currently not married or in a relationship that is known to the public. She has never discussed her personal life publicly neither are there records of her past relationships.
The Vutha star could be single or dating someone secretly. The Political Sciences graduate has also not given birth to her own kids.