The 43-year-old beautiful South African actress Katlego Danke has been active in the South African film industry for almost two decades. Although she is a very private person, she has endeared herself to fans’ hearts by her outstanding performances in popular television soapies like Generations, Isidingo, and Gomora.
In the past 19 years, Katlego Danke has built a strong name for herself in television, film production, and radio presentation. She has worked with popular actors and actresses like Connie Ferguson, Lincoln Sibeko, Sechaba Moloi.
Danke has also been nominated for a couple of awards and has won some of them. Her hard work has truly paid off as she has hit several milestones in her career so far.
A Quick Peek Into Katlego Danke’s Profile
- Name: Katlego Danke
- Date of birth: November 7, 1978
- Age: 43
- Ethnicity: Tswana
- Nationality: South African
- Occupation: Actress, TV presenter, Radio DJ
- Alma mater: University of Cape Town
- Children: One (son)
Katlego Danke Was Born in 1978 and is of Tswana Descent
Katlego Danke is a very private person, and not much is know about her early life and family. She was born on November 7, 1978, in North West Province, South Africa, and she is of Tswana ethnicity. Although nothing is known about her parents and siblings, we can deduce that she had hardworking parents who went through so much to raise her and her siblings from her interview in the September 2014 issue of the parenting and lifestyle magazine Mamas & Papas.
According to Katlego, she never saw her mother’s efforts as a big deal until she grew older and started to understand how hard her mother actually worked to take care of her and her other four siblings. Katlego also credits her father for being an unshakable man who always found a way to solve any problem that arose at home.
Although her parents were not celebrities and perhaps didn’t play any role in her rise to fame, she must have picked up her hardworking trait from them. Nothing is known about any of her siblings; obviously, they are not as famous as she is.
At 43, She Has Made a Name for Herself as an Actress and Radio Personality
Katlego Danke started off her acting career with appearances in theater productions. She is known for her performance in theater productions like Macbeth, Crimes of the Heart, The Town that was Mad, and Occupational Therapy Project. In 2002, she landed a role in ‘Backstage,’ formerly aired on e.tv, after featuring in SOS in 2001 and Sewende Laan in 2003.
In 2006, she joined the cast of the South African soap opera, Generations, where she acted alongside veteran actresses such as Connie Ferguson and Sophie Ndaba; she played the role of Dineo Tlaole, for which she was nominated for an award in the Best Actress category at the South African Film and Television Awards – which she won.
After leaving Generations on a sour note in 2014, she joined the cast of Isidingo, another popular Mzansi TV series where she played Kgothalo Letsoalo. The soap opera had already been premiering for up to 18 years before she joined the cast in 2016, and after four years of being a part of the show, it came to an end in March 2020.
Even before Isidingo was concluded, Katlego Danke had already landed another role in the telenovela, Gomora, where she plays the role of Onthatile Molefe-Ndaba. Katlego took a maternity leave from acting in 2014 to give birth to her child before coming back in 2015 as a TV presenter. She served as a presenter for the National Lottery show, and she became the toast of viewers as they were always curious to see what she is going to wear on every show.
She has also been featured in brand commercials for Vanish, Honda, and Clover. In 2015, she became the brand ambassador for Philip Avent, an international baby products company. Katlego Danke’s beauty and perfectly trimmed body has also earned her votes which put her name in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2006 and 2011. Obviously, her beauty and outstanding talent do not fail to attract the attention of brands, producers, and fans as well.
She has also appeared on the cover of popular magazines like Drum. The actress is also a motivational speaker who has a passion for youths and children. She has been featured by organizations like the World Bank, ANC Women’s League, The National Department of Health, and Sonke Gender Justice Network in events in which she addressed the youths. She has also worked with charity homes like Johannesburg Children’s Home.
Katlego Danke is Also Passionate About Education
Right from time, the beautiful Katlego Danke has also had a passion for acting. In 2001, she got her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she graduated with a B.Sc. in Theatre and Performance. Certainly, the knowledge she gained while in the tertiary institution has contributed to her outstanding performances in theater productions and television shows. It may also account for the unique way she fits into her roles.
Being a person who has a passion for improving herself and gaining knowledge, in 2010, she completed a diploma in Management Studies at Wits Business School successfully. We cannot tell at this moment how her later certification helped improve or boost her acting career.
In The Space of 19 Years, She Has Bagged Several Award Nominations
Katlego Danke has been active in the entertainment industry since 2002 and has been featured in several TV shows, most of which are very popular in South Africa. The thespian has been nominated for several awards for her outstanding performances. In 2010, she was nominated at the YOU spectacular award in the Favorite Actress category, even though she was beaten to the award.
The YOU spectacular award for Favorite Actress is not the only award she has been nominated for. In 2004, she was nominated for Best Screen Villain Award at the Duku-Duku 2004 Awards, and in 2009, she was nominated for Best Dressed Actress at the South African Film and TV Awards. However, she did not win any of the aforementioned awards.
Finally, in 2010, she received her first award when she was nominated at the South Africa film and TV awards in the Best Actress in a TV Soap category for her outstanding performance in Generations.
Katlego Danke Has a Son Whose Father is Unknown
Katlego Danke is a very private person, especially when it comes to her private life. Information about her relationship life is private. It is not known whether or not she is currently in a relationship. However, it is known that the actress is the mother of a son whose father she has refused to reveal.
She gave birth to her son in 2014 at the age of 36, after leaving Generations TV series. She loves her child so much and wants to be the best mother to him. Even after having a son, she is still as beautiful as she has always been.