Chrispen Nyathi (born May 31, 1994; Age: 28 years old) is a Zimbabwean South African-based actor who is best known for playing the role of a preacher called Pastor Charleston in Diep City, the Mzansi Magic telenovela.
The actor earned his career breakthrough through his role in the television series after struggling for many years to break into the limelight. He had appeared in a couple of projects in the industry before he broke into mainstream success in 2021. Today, he is a household name and one of the actors to watch out for.
Chrispen Nyathi Was Born On May 31, 1994
Diep City star Chrispen Nyathi was born on May 31, 1994. He is the only child of his parents. However, he was raised by his mother and grandmother in Zimbabwe. There is no available information about his father’s identity and if he was part of his life.
The actor spent the bulk of his life in his hometown in Zimbabwe. He attended Hillside Primary School in Bulawayo, where he first developed a keen interest in acting. In 2004, in grade 5, his class presented a drama on stage.
The actor attended a Johannesburg-based high school called Denver Secondary School. It is not publicly known the particular he matriculated and if he furthered his education at any of the higher institutions of learning in the country.
Further information about the actor’s background and upbringing is currently unavailable for public consumption. Nyathi has also not opened up publicly about his childhood and early life.
What Is Chrispen Nyathi’s Nationality?
Chrispen Nyathi is a Zimbabwean. He was precisely born in a city in Zimbabwe called Bulawayo. He was raised there and also had his elementary education in the city. However, he relocated to South Africa in his teens and has stayed back since then.
It was after his relocation in the year 2019 that he enrolled at Denver Secondary School in Johannesburg. Despite leaving his home country for years, the actor still cherishes everything about where he comes from. He hopes to inspire younger kids from South Africa and Zimbabwean through his career who wish to break into the acting industry.
The Actor Launched His Acting Career In 2015
Nyathi’s love for acting started as a kid. From taking part in his school drama for a couple of seconds, he went on to prepare his mind for the bigger stage even though he didn’t know his journey to prominence would be a tough one and that he would end up being a professional actor.
His interest in acting thickened through the South African series Zone 2014’s actor Vusa
Thwala’s arts nurturing school projects like Behind The Blazer, which the actor conducted at various schools, including Denver Secondary School.
Nyathi was also opportune to participate in Behind The Blazer after school closure as their principal was strict. Riding on the knowledge he gained from the project, he managed to land acting roles on series like Accused, AksiSpaza, and Bennelanders.
Chrispen became a professional actor in 2015. Despite putting in his best those years, he still struggled to land big acting gigs. He earned his first feature in 2019 in a movie he shot. Although he thought he would have had his career breakthrough that year through that role, things didn’t turn out the way he expected or anticipated.
Lines eventually fell in beautiful paces for him in 2021 after he came across a notice for auditions for the projects Diep City and Vula Vula by Black Brain productions, who needed new faces for these series.
He auditioned for a role via Black Brain Manda N’s Instagram Live video, and in the long run, the producer took an interest in his look and what he presented. After a couple of subsequent auditions and callbacks, he finally got the role of Charleston on Diep City.
Nyathi’s Character, Charleston from Diep City, Is One Of The Most Interesting Persons In The TV Series
Chrispen pays the character Charleston in Diep City. Charleston is a preacher and the loving partner of Asanda (played by Zikhona Bali), who was on a mission to change and save the souls of residents in Dieploot Swatta Camp.
Though genuine, sometimes, the pressure of life does get to Charleston, and he eventually succumbs to the pressure. He is also always ready to pray and will break into worship songs at any random moment but is considered a bit crook by some people.
From Nyathi’s physical look to other factors, it is fair to say the actor is the right person for the role. In addition, he shares some things in common with Charleston, which is a major reason he’s been putting up an incredible performance.
Like the preacher, Nyathi is a lover of God who also sings very well. He hasn’t left the show as he is still on it. He is expected to star in the final episode of the series.
Thank you very much brethren, because of your tithes and offerings I look this good.:) pic.twitter.com/nGDJy2kfBm
— Chrispen Nyathi (@ChrispenNyathi) August 7, 2022
In 2020, the Zimbabwean actor won his first industry award – the Viewer’s Choice Award for best actor at the 2021 Royalty Soapie Awards. According to him, the award validated that he is doing well and on the right path. He hopes to inspire the younger generation of actors.
A list of his movies and TV shows
- Diep City
Charleston From Diep Is Currently In A Relationship
The actor’s Facebook bio shows he is currently in a relationship. However, the identity of his girlfriend is not public knowledge. He hasn’t mentioned her name or opened up further about their relationship.
So, it is difficult to tell how and when they met, how long they’ve been together, and if they have plans of settling down as husband and wife. Nyathi’s past relationship record is also not known publicly, as he hasn’t been linked to any girl since he rose to stardom.
Charleston from Diep has over 65,000 followers on his Instagram page (chrispen_nyathi). He is active on Instagram and Twitter (@ChrispenNyathi), where over 4,000 people follow him. Over 5,000 people follow the actor on Facebook. Although he is active on all these platforms, he is most active on Instagram.