Amanda Du Pont is a Swazi celebrity making news and making waves in South Africa. This media darling has been a staple since she first burst on to the entertainment scene in 2007. The actress, model and singer has fast become one of South Africa’s it-girls and social media queens. She has her extensive roles in television series and movies as well as her work as a television host to thank for that
Amanda Du Pont was born on the 26th of June, 1988, in Manzini, Swaziland. Thanks to her extensive stay and work in South Africa, she now holds dual citizenship – both Swazi and South African.
She is French, Chinese, Portuguese and Swazi lineage.
Amanda Du Pont Career
Her career repertoire is always expanding; besides being a model and actress, she is also a live event MC, voice over artist and a brand ambassador.
She currently has a recurring role in South Africa’s hit television show – Skeem Saam in 2014. She also landed a leading role in ‘Between Friends’, a feature film released in July, 2014. Besides this, her filmography has been quite extensive as well as impressive. Impressive enough to garner her a Life Time Achievement Award by the Department of Arts and Culture in Swaziland.
Her first notable acting role was as Serina in ‘Life is Wild’, an American television series about Veterinarian from New York who moves his family to South Africa to wild life reserve which is run by his former father in law. Notable cast members include Leah Pipes (of ‘Originals’ fame), D. W. Moffet (of ‘Switched At Birth’ fame) and Stephanie Niznik (of ‘Everwood’ fame).
Her other roles include Thabisile Dlamini on Muvhango; Khanyi Mbuli on City Ses’la; Yolisa on A Place Called Home; Khalipha on Mzansi Love: Kasi Styl; Suzie on End Game; Khuli on Single Guys; Khanya on Intersexions; Christelle Ndlovu on Task Force; and currently as Nompumelo Mthiyane on Skeem Saam.
As a television host, she has been on the Real Goboza since 2013.
Being one of the most popular faces in south Africa, Amanda’s personal life is often a source of speculation in the media. She is known to have dated Slikour, Jub Jub and Cassper Nyovest (who claims she cheated on him). Her relationship with Jub Jub was a heavily critised one as Jub Jub, who ran over school children during a drag racing competition, had been found guilty of murder. However, the relationship came to an abrupt end after he broke off their engagement to be in relationship Kelly Khumalo.
Ms Dupont in effort to be an inspiration to others is often open about her personal life, including her struggle with her weight in her younger years. She admitted to once being ‘three times’ her current size but with hard work, exercise and dieting, she achieved her goal of being ‘sexy’. She has also revelaed that she had been raped by an ex-boyfriend whom she was in abusive relationship with. While general speculation assumed that the boyfriend in question was Jub Jub, the TV personality has since debunked those rumors herself.
Presently, the actress shuttles between Cape Town, Johannesburg and New York City for both work and personal affairs.
It seems New York holds a personal place in the actress’s life; in 2012, Amanda Du Pont gained a Diploma in Acting fromm the American New York Film Academy, after she received a $20,000 scholarship to study in the United States. While at the New York Film Academy, Amanda was trained by Jennifer Aniston’s (of F.R.I.E.N.D.S’s fame) personal acting coach – James Miles.
Prior to that, Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from AFDA – The South African School of Motion Picture and Live Performance in Johannesburg. Other Notable Alumni of AFDA include Vuyo Dabula, Jonathan Liebesman, Munya Chidzonga, Christopher Lee Dos Santos and Motlatso Mphatse
The Way Forward
The actress is currently working on building her businesses as well as her filmogrpahy. Not focusing on the negativity in her past, she is moving on with different factions of her life starting with her current relationship with Shawn Rodrigues whom she has called the love of her life. On her relationship, Amanda has this to say: “Romance is beautiful. It’s great. I’m very blessed. I have found the love of my life.”