Cedric Fourie (born March 17, 1990) is a 33-year-old South African actor, engineer, model, brand influencer, and television personality best known for playing the character of Lehasa Maphosa in ‘Skeem Saam,’ the SABC 1 soap drama. His popularity has continued to rise since he debuted on the show.
The attractive actor became the subject of intense controversy after it was rumored that he was in a homosexual relationship with social media personality Lasizwe Dambuza. However, according to the actor, he is not (and has never been) in a same-sex relationship with any man.
What Is Cedric Fourie’s Age?
Cedric Anthony Fourie was born 33 years ago on March 17, 1990, in Orlando, Soweto, South Africa. He was born to a biracial mother and a black South African father who died when he was still young. Cedric was born under the Pisces zodiac sign. He is a South African national, and has about a quarter of White ancestry, passed on from his biracial mother.
In South Africa, people with this skin color are referred to as ‘colored.’ The actor was raised single-handedly by his mother, who was sometimes assisted by her mother (his grandmother). Madam Fourie raised Cedric and his older sisters herself, and they all lived in Johannesburg.
Cedric has confessed in several interviews that his mother was one very big Influence in his life, as she was the one who supported him the most throughout his education and, subsequently, his career.
Speaking of education, Cedric attended quite some primary and secondary schools when he was young. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Witwatersrand, which he attended on scholarship, and from where he obtained a degree in Computer Engineering.
Before this, Cedric Fourie had taken middle and high school classes at Greyville Primary School, Lenasia & Princess Primary School, and Athlone Boys, where he matriculated from.
A Look At The Soweto-born Star’s Career As An Actor
Chances are that you only know Cedric Fourie as an actor and nothing more. But this handsome hunk has proven that there is more to him than his attractive looks. Before he joined the television industry, Cedric had an illustrious career as a computer software engineer.
While working as a networking engineer, Cedric put all his university education to good use and worked for multi-million-dollar companies like Sony Ericsson, Monax Group, and Huawei Technologies.
After a few years, however, Cedric realized he wanted a change of career, despite how well he was doing. He decided to go into acting simply because he felt he could do the job just as well, if not better, than many of the actors he saw on television at the time. He decided to take bold steps by auditioning in unpopular shows first.
Cedric Fourie made his television debut in the comedy series ‘Sokhulu & Partners’ as Viks. Other appearances of his include movies like ‘Harvest,’ ‘The Ring,’ and ‘My 4-5 Just Sleeps’, released in 2015. On television, Cedric Fourie has graced hit shows like ‘Generations: The Legacy’ in 2012 and ‘Isibaya’ in which he portrayed a character named Chris Cele.
Below is a list of Cedric’s complete filmography:
- Harvest, as Frank
- Generations: The Legacy (2012), as Williams, The Hammer
- Isibaya, as Chris Cele
- Skeem Saam, as Lehasa Maphosa
- My 4-5 Just Sleeps, (2015)
- The Ring
- Durban Gen, as Dr. Mthembu
- Sokhulu & Partners, as Viks
Cedric Fourie is Particularly Famous for His Portrayal of Lehasa in Skeem Saam
In 2017, Cedric joined the elite group of actors who had appeared on the SABC1 show at one time or the other. He played the character of a wealthy, cold-hearted businessman named Lehasa Maphosa.
Handsome Lehasa was the apple of many women’s eyes in the series and was also known for his randy ways. The drama is no longer being aired on SABC1 due to production challenges and low viewership.
Despite the obstacles surrounding the show’s continuation, there is no doubt that it served Cedric well during its run. Being on the drama helped launch Cedric into a new category of stardom, one he has continued to bask in, notwithstanding the show’s demise.
What Is Cedric Fourie’s Net Worth?
Cedric Fourie has become one of the country’s most eligible loverboy actors. His run in some of South Africa’s best television series has brought him immense fame, which in turn has turned his fortunes around positively. While there is no exact figure given for Cedric’s net worth, it is believed that his money runs into millions of rands.
Cedric owns a couple of luxury properties in choice locations of the country and a sizable fleet of fancy cars. His total net worth is estimated to the tune of $500k, mostly earnings from his television work, as well as brand endorsement deals on Instagram.
Is Cedric Fourie Gay?
According to the actor himself, he is not gay. If you were wondering why rumors about his sexuality exist in the first place, here’s a little recap. In 2018, Cedric Fourie made a bizarre appearance on the Feather Awards red carpet with YouTube star Lasizwe Dambuza on his arm.
According to the gossip mill, Lasizwe had long come out as gay already, and thus tongues began wagging after seeing him in such proximity to Cedric. The rumors intensified on social media as the weeks went by, with trolls becoming bolder and bolder.
Amid all these controversies, Cedric remained notoriously silent about the rumors. On the other hand, Lasizwe went about telling blogs and tabloids that he and Cedric were an item. This caused further confusion among Cedric’s core fanbase – South African women.
The online harassment only got worse, and when it all got too much, the ‘Skeem Saam’ actor finally came out to debunk the gay allegations. Cedric denied being gay, saying he was only an ally of the LGBTQIA community. He referred to all the suggestive photos with Lasizwe as “being supportive” of his friend, asserting that there was nothing more between them.
This seemed to appease his fans, and the trolling reduced greatly. However, reports say Lasizwe didn’t take too kindly to Cedric’s statement. It is also believed that the two are no longer on talking terms.
The Actor is Currently Married to Ugandan Socialite, Zari Janssen
Cedric’s beautiful relationship with his mother and sisters shows that the gorgeous actor has always been family oriented. This is why it surprised no one to learn that he was married to his longtime Ugandan girlfriend, Zari Janssen. They met in 2007 and were in a low-key relationship for 8 years until they finally got hitched in 2015.
That same year, they welcomed their first child together, a son whose name had been withheld from the public. The family appears to be very happy together, and they tend to keep their private affairs away from the prying gaze of the public.
There is no record of his past relationship with women. He has successfully kept the public in the dark about this aspect of his personal life.
Cedric Fourie is Quite Active on Social Media
The talented man has quite a lot on his plate – from modeling gigs to ambassadorial deals, Cedric stays booked. This is why he maintains a huge presence online, especially on Instagram and Twitter.
On both platforms, his handle is @cedric_a_fourie, and his pages show pictures of him and his family. He also shows off his daily workout routines on Instagram, letting fans into his world of fitness. On Instagram, his followers currently number over 314k. It is his most active platform.