Lerato Nxumalo (born February 9, 1999) is a 24-year-old South African actress and writer best known for playing the role of a surgical intern called Dr. Luthuli on Durban Gen, the South African medical telenovela.
Lerato earned her career breakthrough through her appearance on the medical soap opera. She, however, has other hustles through which makes money besides acting. She is an aspiring businesswoman, a YouTuber with an impressive number of followers, and a social media influencer.
Lerato Nxumalo is a Native of KwaMashu, North of Durban
South African actress Lerato Nxumalo was born in Durban, precisely in a village called KwaMashu on the 9th of February 1999. She has Zulu roots and was raised in her village by her family.
Information about the actress’ background and family members is difficult to come by. She hasn’t mentioned any of her family members to the public. However, she once stated in an interview that she has a sister who knew she would become a fantastic actor in the future.
The actress had her elementary and high school studies in schools in her region. Upon graduating from high school, she immediately enrolled at Wits University to study Film & Television. She has since graduated and is currently finishing off her honors.
What is Dr. Luthuli from Durban Gen’s Real Name?
Dr. Luthuli from Durban Gen’s birth name is Lerato Nxumalo. It is the name her parents gave her after her birth on 9th February 1999. She only rose to fame with the name Dr. Luthuli (a fictional character) due to the fact that she played the character on the telenovela Durban Gen.
A lot of the actress’ fans do not either know her real name or the meaning of her name. The name Lerato is of African Sesotho origin, meaning”love.”
Nxulmao Had Wanted to Pursue a Career in Accounting Before Eventually Becoming an Actress
Lerato’s childhood dream was to become an accountant, even though she admitted that she didn’t know “what accounts do” as a kid. However, she fell in love with acting and became convinced that she was destined for the screen in Grade 8.
Even as a kid, her sister knew she was born with fantastic acting skills and encouraged her not to waste her talent. Prior to appearing on Durban Gen, Nxumalo featured on some local projects as a supporting actress, including Isithembiso, Madame, and Trapped.
Durban Gen was the first project she was cast as a lead actress. She is currently playing another lead in the new television series Lingashoni. She is rumored to have exited Durban Gen before her appearance on the new TV series.
Her Role in Durban Gen Skyrocketed Her Stardom
Lerato plays Dr. Luthuli on Durban Gen, a beautiful surgical intern. Her lead role in the 1magic TV series wasn’t entirely an easy one, but in the long run, she was able to take on her character after putting in some level of hard work.
Nxumalo did a brilliant job portraying her character on the show, making her one of the series’ favorite actors. Like her character in the new TV series Lingashoni, Dr. Luthuli is full of love, kindness, and humanity. However, she is the opposite of Mpumi Cele (her character in Lingashoni), who is self-confident, a fighter, and someone who does not hesitate to stand up for herself.
The actress starred on Durban Gen alongside notable thespians in the South African acting world, such as Nelisiwe Sibiya, Tumelo Matlala, Tsidi Makitle, Nombulelo Mhlongo, Thokozisa Ziqubu, Sthandwa Nzuza, and Mavuso Magabane.
Lerato is yet to win an award for any of her roles on the screen. However, she stands a chance of being recognized in the nearest future, considering her unique acting skill and brilliant performance so far.
Lerato Nxumalo is Currently in a Relationship
The actress is not married yet, nor is she single, as she is reportedly dating a Swedish man. However, it’s not clear how long they’ve been in the relationship. It is also not clear when the two met and how they got connected.
He just admitted to giving me a live spell 😭 nizizwele ke nani 😭🤭
Recently, she posted a Tik Tok video of herself teaching her man isiZulu. Although her boyfriend’s face was missing in the video, his voice could be heard ‘admitting’ to using a spell on the actress.
This was after Nxumalo jokingly asked him in isiZulu if he used a spell on her that made her love him so much. Her Swedish boyfriend said yes in isiZulu even though it was obvious he did not know the meaning of his replay. The actress has obviously been teaching him some Zulu words.
Some time ago, Lerato announced that she would be embarking on a trip that would take her up to 19 hours, adding that she bought so many precious gifts for her host. It then became clear to her fans that she was definitely visiting her boyfriend in Sweden.
There is no past record of the men the actress has dated in the past, as it is not clear if she has been in a previous relationship. The Durban Gen star has also not mentioned dating anyone in the past.
How Tall is Lerato Nxumalo?
The South African actress stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches. However, details of her weight and other body measurements are not open to public consumption. Lerato is naturally blessed with an amazing curvy body, which she often shows off on her Instagram page.
The actress is active on YouTube, Instagram (lratonxumalo), Tik Tok (lratonxumalo), Facebook (Lerato Nxumalo), and Twitter (@DarkLerato). She has about 191,000 followers on Instagram, over 930,000 followers on Tik Tok, about 140,000 followers on Facebook, and 160 followers on Twitter.