Brighton Ngoma (born in 1985) is a 37 years old South African actor best known for playing the role of Quinton Nyathi in Scandal! After featuring in the popular South African series for about 12 years, he decided it was time to move on to something else. His decision to leave was not an easy pill to swallow for viewers who were already so used to seeing him on the series.
The handsome actor may be enjoying the spotlight today, but his childhood was full of scars that were capable of discouraging him from pursuing his passion. Another interesting thing about Brighton Ngoma is that he is happily married to an actress and is living with Vitiligo.
Brighton Ngoma is of Mixed Ethnicity
Brighton Ngoma was born in 1985 (the exact date and month of birth are undisclosed) in the center of Bushbuckridge metropolis, Mpumalanga, South Africa but grew up in Johannesburg. He has dual citizenship as he is a citizen of Switzerland and South Africa and is of mixed descent – Xhosa and Swiss. Both his parents were medical practitioners, his father a doctor while his mother a nurse.
Who are Brighton Ngoma’s Parents?
Even though he is living a celebrity life right now and is all smiles, Brighton has experienced a lot of hardships and pain. We do not have the names of his parents, but considering that his father was a doctor and his mother a nurse, one would expect that he had an amazing childhood, but that was not necessarily the case as he lost both parents – one to abandonment and the other to death.
It started when his father abandoned him, his younger brother, and his mom when he was just five years old. He would eventually grow up with his mother alone, who was forced to raise him and his brother singlehandedly.
In 2002, when he was 17 years old, his mother tragically kicked the bucket. Following her death, his younger brother was taken into foster care. This was enough of a challenge for a young boy of 17 years old who was still trying to find a place for himself in the world.
Brighton Ngoma’s Skin Problem
Brighton Ngoma has a skin condition called Vitiligo. If you’ve seen him on screen or if you follow him on social media, you would probably have noticed how his skin is patterned and patched. Medically, this term means his skin tends to lose pigmentation, resulting in discolored patches all over his body.
He has expressed his opinion about his condition, stating that he doesn’t see it as a problem or something to be cured. He issued a statement saying he’s comfortable in his skin and okay with his appearance. According to him, “it is okay to be different.”
Brighton has opened an Instagram account called ‘Vitiliving,’ and on this account, he shares pictures of himself, showcasing his skin for what it is without worrying about what people will say. Currently, he is serving as an encouragement for other people living with Vitiligo.
He Started His Acting Career in 2007
Like many big actors today, Brighton Ngoma’s background prompted him to really push hard, and he eventually made it to stardom. With his childhood turned upside down with grief. He never gave up on his passion.
The Scandal! star started his career in 2007 as a freelance stage manager applying for jobs helter-skelter. Finally, he was privileged to be featured as an extra on the popular television series, Scandal! Although it was not a big role, featuring in Scandal! opened bigger doors for him.
After the director of Scandal! noticed his ability and potential, Ngoma was soon promoted to a more prominent role in the soapie. And it was just a matter of a few months before he stole the spotlight and hit a lead role as ‘Quinton Nyathi.’ The show is still very popular and one of the most watched soap operas in Southern Africa.
Since the show was also broadcast across Africa on eAfrica, e.tv Botswana and e.tv Ghana, it gathered Brighton Ngoma fans across these African countries.
Brighton Ngoma Left Scandal After 12 Years
After 12 years on the TV show, Brighton Ngoma decided to say his goodbyes to the crew and the fans on his own terms. He spoke about his decision to leave and said he’s looking for a new challenge and a different landscape and that every good thing eventually has to come to an end. To bring his character to an end, the director lets his character “Quinton” die in a fatal accident.
Not long after his exit, in 2021, he landed on a new series, Ubettina Wethu, a South African Ugly Betty spin-off based on the story of a young girl struggling to find a job in the city. Ngoma portrays the character of T-bang Moeketsi, who happens to be gay, and as a result, he has received a lot of hate from people who are against the LGBTQ community.
What is Brighton Ngoma’s Net Worth?
Brighton Ngoma has accumulated around $150,000 in his portfolio, which is not bad for an orphaned teenager who was abandoned by his father. His acting career is his main source of income. And even though he has only featured in just two movies, he already has over 60k followers on Instagram.
Instagram is his favorite social media app, and he has it packed with ethereal pictures of him and his family. He uses the medium to promote paid brands and show pictures of himself.
Is Brighton Ngoma Married?
Brighton Ngoma is married. The former Scandal! actor has good taste when it comes to women, and he is married to actress Tshepi Mashego. He found a lovely gem and put the ring on it to seal their relationship. They started dating sometime around 2007 and dated for about 10 years before they officially tied the knot. So, getting married was only a way to make it official.
Brighton Ngoma’s Wife
Tshepi Mashego is an actress, songwriter, and singer. However, acting skyrocketed her to fame and saw her coming to the fore. In 2008, she took part in the M-Net reality competition High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa. Sadly, she did not make it as the winner, but was the second runner-up. Although she did not win, taking part in the competition made her popular.
She has been cast on several occasions in many movies, but her role as young Diphuka in e.TV’s Rhythm City should ring a bell for most people; it has really made her a household name to many television viewers.
Does Brighton Ngoma Have a Child?
Brighton Ngoma has a child with his wife, Tshepi Mashego. The couple, who is definitely enjoying their “happily ever after” union, welcomed a son to their family. Their 5-year-old son, Leano, was born on January 19th, 2017, and the handsome boy shares so many similarities with his dad.