Bonko Khoza (born June 7, 1985; age: 37 years old) is a South African actor, filmmaker, voice-over artist, MC, and radio presenter who earned considerable public attention through his role as Mqhele Zulu in the record-breaking, Twitter-topping Showmax Original telenovela, The Wife.
Khoza has starred in several top-ranking projects in the film and TV industry since he became a professional actor. Though he makes a living through a couple of other ventures, he is best known as an actor.
What is Bonko Khoza’s Age?
South African sensational actor Bonko Khoza is 37 years old this year. He was born on June 7, 1985, in South Africa. There isn’t much information about his background and place of birth. However, it is said that he hails from Soweto.
The actor hasn’t revealed the names of his parents and other family members publicly yet. It is difficult to establish if he was raised as an only child or with his siblings. Khoza, in essence, is yet to open up publicly about where he comes from and the kind of family he was raised in.
He spent most of his life in his hometown. The actor received his elementary and high school studies in his hometown as well. He also studied at the University of Johannesburg.
The Wife screen star is said to have studied fine arts at the National School of Arts. He graduated in the year 2009 after completing the program. He also holds a Diploma in Performance and Theatre skills from the Market Theatre Laboratory.
Who Are Bonko Khoza’s Siblings?
The identities of Bonko Khoza’s siblings are not public knowledge. The actor hasn’t mentioned them in any of his chats with the media or on his social media accounts. However, it is not clear if he is an only child or has siblings.
The actor could probably have siblings but decide to keep them away from the curious public and media.
Is Bonko Khoza Related To Abdul Khoza?
Bonko Khoza, Sthembiso Khoza, and Abdul Khoza could easily pass for brothers. Apart from the fact that they share the surname, they share many things in common, including their top-notch acting skills.
Nevertheless, the trio is not related by blood. Instead, it is Abdul and Sthembiso that are blood brothers. While Bonko was born in Soweto, Sthembiso and Abdul hail from KwaMashu.
The names of Abdul and SK’s parents are Stan and Lindiwe Khoza, but not much is known about Bonko’s parents. Bonko Khoza and Abdul Khoza (Nqoba Zulu) were on-screen brothers in the Showmax hit series The Wife until the former left the show in the second season. Also, the two are good friends in real life. They sometimes hang out together and appear in each other’s pictures on social media.
The Johannesburg-Born Actor Is A Man Of Many Talents
Bonko Khoza is not only a fantastic actor but also a voice-over artist, filmmaker, MC, and radio presenter. His love for acting started in his primary school, where he was part of the drama group.
As a primary school student, he played the role of a young “Captain Hook” in his school’s production, which earned him recognition. In the course of his flourishing career, he has featured in a good number of productions and starred alongside international talents as well.
He played the role of Jabz in the critically acclaimed cult film Necktie Youth and had a role in the History Channel remake of the acclaimed mini-series ‘Roots.’ The talented actor as a lead in Eric Welsh’s debut Feature Film, Beautifully Broken.
His performance as Mqhele Zulu in the Showmax series, Hlomu – The Wife, is one of the best on-screen delivery of his time. In 2021, the actor was cast in The Mauritanian, and he’s known to have played the supporting lead role in the Netflix Series The Brave Ones.
During his career, the film and TV star has shared screen time with several notable local and international actors, including Hollywood stars Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brendan Fraser, and Tom Welling.
In The Wife, Khoza starred in seasons 1 and 2 of the show as one of the members of a taxi-running family headed by Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba), who is notorious for their criminal tendencies.
His character is the second of eight brothers, and a taxi driver who found love in the arms of a journalist called Hlomu after the latter’s boyfriend Sandile (Kay Sibiya) chose to work over her.
It is fair to say that Bonko has made commendable accomplishments at his age. He may have not gotten to the zenith point in the industry ladder, but it will be difficult to ignore or sideline his achievements as an actor.
His role as Jabz in Necktie Youth in 2015 earned him a ‘Best Actor Nomination’ at the Tribeca Film Festival. He was also named the Actor of the Week, Week 45, by Actor Spaces in 2021.
Bonko Khoza’s Movies and TV Shows
- The Wife
- Necktie Youth
- Roots (2016)
- Beautifully Broken (2018)
- Professionals (2020)
- The Mauritanian (2021)
Not much is known about Bonko’s other hustles and how successful he is in each of them. However, being a naturally talented person, it won’t be surprising to find out that he has also made a mark for himself in those fields.
Bonko Khoza Is Happily Married To A Fellow Talented Thespian
Bonko Khoza is a married man. He tied the knot on March 31, 2021, with his long-time girl, Lesego Khoza. The two have been married for over a year but have been together for about 10 years.
The actor and his wife while the two of them were studying at the Market Theatre Lab. Lesego majored in arts and drama at the institution. Bonko’s wife is mainly a theatre actress. As a young girl, she loved acting, modeling, and singing.
Since sLesego launched her career, she’s been part of some big productions such as The Queen, Isono, and numerous Mzansi Magic movies. Mrs. Khoza is also a YouTuber who vlogs about her acting career, adventures with her husband, and her interest in tourism.