Jolene Martin (born September 16, 1979) is a 44 year-old South African thespian, performer, television host, and emcee. She is divorced and has remained unmarried for the last couple of years.
Jolene is best recognized for her work as the host of the Coca-Cola Mega Millions game show on SABC1. She is also popular for her performance in the e.tv drama series Scoop Schoombie, where she played Candy. Jolene, who was a regular in the spotlight right when she was a teenager, has become one of South Africa’s finest television personalities.
Jolene Martin was Born 44 Years Ago in South Africa
South African TV Amazon Jolene Martin was born in the Western Cape on September 16, 1979, to average South African parents. She is 44 years old presently.
Jolene, who is biracial, was born to affluent parents. Her father was a successful engineer, while her mother was an opera singer. According to Jolene’s words, both parents ensured that they instilled a very strong value system in their children. She grew up in the Christian faith, a path she has steadfastly held to, despite years of constant fame.
Jolene’s Education Prepared Her Early for the Stage
She attended Sans Souci Girls’ High, a prestigious girls’ college in South Africa. While in high school, Jolene began to take television presenting seriously. She first presented a television program for youths titled ‘2 Cool’, which aired on SABC2.
By the age of 17, Jolene had taken on many such roles and begun performing in theater dramas. Her first foray into drama saw her take the stage as a lead character in musical drama shows like The Sound of Music and Chicago.
In her penultimate year of college, Jolene was selected to represent her School at the South Africa United Nations headquarters in France. She was chosen to give a dramatic speech on the importance of change in society.
Jolene Martin was only one of two students selected from the whole world to speak at the auspicious UN ceremony, an honor she remains grateful for to this day. To date, she refers to this as her biggest achievement. The TV personality has jokingly admitted that she doesn’t know how to outdo what she accomplished at such a young age.
She Began Her Career as an Actress and TV Show Host
Jolene’s career has had her traveling the world. Now based in Johannesburg, she is no longer the small-town girl she used to be. Jolene Martin’s career began professionally in 1992 when she was just 13 years old.
She gained the attention of a television producer who saw how immensely talented the young star was. She was immediately hired as a Cape Town field presenter for Eco-Vision. The show was a program meant to spread awareness among the young people of South Africa on the importance of environmental cleanliness. It was sponsored by the SABC.
Theatre icon Janice Honeyman took note of Jolene when she was cast as the lead in Grease in 1998. Jolene’s parents moved to Johannesburg after Janice persuaded them that it would be beneficial for their daughter to do so.
She packed her bags and was soon taking the lead roles in Janice’s pantomimes, particularly in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ throughout the duration of its run. At this point in her career, Jolene was given the opportunity to play Candy, a young, pretty, and incredibly forgetful receptionist in the e.tv sitcom Scoop Schoombie. Her second comic starring role was as Janine in Fishy Fêshuns, an e.tv sitcom.
When kykNET approached her about playing Tessa in Begeertes, her first soap opera, Jolene gladly accepted the opportunity to take on a new challenge. In addition, she participated in the second season of the SABC 2 medical drama, Hillside and as a sexy lawyer in the third season of the SABC drama series Hard Copy.
Jolene Martin also portrayed Molly D’Oliveira, the floor manager of a community TV station, in the 2009 season of the SABC 2 sitcom, Konsternasie oppie stasie. Below is a list of Jolene Martin’s acting credits.
Jolene Martins also Excels as a Singer, Poet, and Television Host
In her early twenties, Jolene went ahead to represent South Africa at a Los Angeles art show hosted by the J. Paul Getty Foundation. With the foundation behind her, Jolene published her first photography and poem book.
The poem was about a journey she had taken to Robben Island. The book was published in 1997 and was part of the literature curriculum for high school students in the Western Cape.
After working hard for most of her life, she made the decision to take a holiday on the Spanish island of Mallorca. But due to her singing prowess, Jolene was forced back to work and compelled to tour for six months with dance music distributors Ministry of Sound, performing as the headliner at some of the greatest clubs in the Mediterranean and Spain.
She collaborated with Revolution, one of South Africa’s most renowned dance producers, to release her debut album, The Beginning, in 2006. Additionally, Jolene has, until this point, appeared in a few well-known television programs. The first was serving as the host of the well-attended Coca-Cola Mega Millions game show.
She routinely receives requests to emcee prestigious events. Her most recent MC duties were the gala events for the MTN Africa/Middle East Yellow Stars Awards and the 90th anniversary of the South African Reserve Bank.
Jolene is best known for having been the star of theater productions, including Girl Talk by Richard Loring and the traveling production, Boyband. In 2007, she co-hosted the magazine program Curious Culture.
The media personality is actively involved with a charitable organization named the Jolene Martin Foundation. She also collaborates closely with the AIDS Foundation and the Gauteng Health Department.
She serves on the board of The Eldorado Women’s Forum, which aids abuse and victims of human trafficking.
Jolene Martin is Currently not in a Marital Relationship
The actress is not married currently. Jolene Martin’s failed marriage and love life have been hidden under a shroud of secrecy for years. Although her marriage was well kept under wraps, she did wear a wedding band on her finger for a few years. Jolene also hyphenated her surname to include the name “Morgan,” believed to be her ex-husband’s name.
The television star is one woman who has never been coy about her divorce. She sat down in a 2014 interview with Great Women International magazine. There, she revealed that she double-barrelled her surname once while she was married.
Although Martin didn’t reveal whom she was married to or when they got hitched, she did talk about the pain and shame she felt from her failed marriage. It’s not clear if she had kids with her ex-husband.
Jolene, however, is a smart, lovely, and resilient woman. She teased about a new relationship in the interview, but just as she did with her marriage, she has continued to keep the details of her love life away from the public.