Leera Mthethwa (born on December 7th, 1990) is a 31-year-old South African actress, voice artist, and MC best known for her recurring role of Ms. Jackie Hlongwane in Gomora, one of the most popular soap operas in Mzansi.
Since the first season of the Mzansi Magic series, Leera Mthethwa has been one of the most-talked-about characters on the show. She has won the hearts of the audience with her Spitori slang and refreshing personality. Besides Gomora, the actress has appeared in other TV series such as Soul City and Prince Muzi.
How Old is Leera Mthethwa?
Jackie from Gomora, whose real name is Leera Mthethwa, is 31 years old. Having been sensationally portraying the character of a no-nonsense teacher in the mid-40s in Gomora, many of her fans are in disbelief of her real age as she doesn’t look her age. Nonetheless, the actress has made incredible achievements at her age, having begun pursuing her interest in arts at the age of 13.
Where is Leera Mthethwa from?
Leera Mthethwa hails from Pretoria. She was born and raised in South Africa’s administrative capital. She comes from a close-knit family. Sadly, in December 2020, the Soul City actress lost her dad, Peter Zongi Mthethwa, after a long battle with cancer. According to Leera, though her father had passed on, the bond between them is unbreakable as they were best of friends.
The Actress Honed Her Acting Skills at AFDA
At the age of thirteen, Leera Mthethwa nudged her passion for arts in the right direction by attending Pro Arte Alphen Park located in Pretoria. There, she studied drama and obtained a Matric Certificate. She subsequently enrolled at AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance), obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Live Performance in 2012.
Still unsatisfied with her academic achievements, Leera Mthethwa proceeded to the University of Pretoria soon after graduating from AFDA. In 2013, she bagged an Honours degree in Drama & Film Studies. Having whetted her skills and obtained impressive qualifications in Arts, the Pretoria-born started her professional career in 2013.
Gomora Catapulted Leera Mthethwa to Stardom
Jackie from Gomora began attending auditions in 2013 and landed a minor role in Mzansi Magic’s drama series, Prince Muzi. The following year, she started working as an MC and joined Legends Talent Management that same year. Later in February 2015, she signed with Alushi Models as a plus-size model.
Meanwhile, in 2014, Leera Mthethwa appeared in Ses’ Topla as Thuto Mandonsela and Soul City as Lillian. Despite all her efforts in the entertainment industry which landed her a SAFTA nomination (Ses’ Topla), Mthethwa never had a career breakthrough. She eventually emerged as a TV star in 2020 when she joined the cast of the award-winning series Gomora as Miss Jackie Hlongwane.
She portrays the character of a strict teacher at Gomora High School who had a good working relationship with the school’s former principal, Melusi Dlamini (Zolisa Xaluva), before he got arrested. Since playing the role, Leera Mthethwa has become quite popular in Mzansi.
Is Jackie from Gomora Married?
Leera Mthethwa (Jackie Hlongwane) is believed to be in a relationship as some of her social media posts hint that she’s off the singles league. However, it’s still uncertain whether she is married.
She is a proud mother of one. The actress welcomed her son, Kumkani-Inam Mthethwa, in late 2018. She often shares his pictures with her social media fan. Nonetheless, Leera Mthethwa has kept the identity of her baby daddy secret.
Social Media Activities
Jackie from Gomora has been entertaining her fans since she joined the social media circle. She is active on Twitter and Instagram and regularly makes posts about her personal life and work. Leera Mthethwa’s Instagram handle (@leeramthethwa) has more than 163K followers with over 1,160 posts.
On the other hand, her Twitter handle (@LeeraMthethwa) has over 3,810 tweets. She joined the social media platform in August 2020. Thanks to her outstanding performances and the refreshing personality she depicts in Gomora, she has thus far amassed more than 50.3K followers.