The real name of Lelo from Skeem Saam is Amanda Du-pont (born June 26th, 1998; Age: 35 years old). Amanda Du-pont is a sensational actress, brand ambassador, model, MC, television host, and businesswoman famed for playing Lelo in Skeem Saam.
She earned her career breakthrough in 2014 when she joined Skeem Saam. She also stars in other local productions, including the CW drama series Life is Wild, the SABC 3 comedy-drama Taryn & Sharon, and the Netflix thriller Shadow as Ashley. However, it was her appearance in Skeem Saam that brought her limelight.
Amanda Du Pont Was Born In June 1988 In Swazi
Actress Amanda Du-pont is currently 35 years old. Her parents gave birth on June 26th, 1988, in a town in Swazi (currently known as Eswatini) called Manzini. She holds dual citizenship – Swazi and South Africa, thanks to her extensive stay and work in Mzansi land.
Du-Pont has Italian, Portuguese, French, and Swazi ancestry. The actress is the daughter of Henry Tum Du-Pont (father) and Antoinette Du-Pont (mother). Henry is half Chinese half Portuguese, while Amanda’s paternal grandfather is a white French man.
His father is precisely the son of Princess Ncabile, who happens to be the daughter of Prince Mshengu and the niece of King Sobhuza II. On the other hand, her mother was born in a royal home in Swaziland.
The Skeem Saam actress has two beautiful sisters named Kim Adele du-Pont and Kayleigh Amber du-Pont, who are both successful in their rights. Though not much is known about their respective lives, we can establish that Kim is a successful YouTuber and reportedly the girlfriend of South African football star Dino Ndlovu.
Amanda grew up in Manzini and spent most of her time with her beloved cousin Alulutho Du Pont, who is also Swati. The two of them relocated to Mpumalanga at a certain point in their lives, where they completed their education at the co-educational independent high school, Uplands College.
The actress graduated from the South African School of Motion Picture and Live Performance (AFDA) in Johannesburg with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2011. Following an impressive academic performance, she was awarded a 20,000 dollars scholarship to study in the United States.
She enrolled at the New York Film Academy and graduated from the prestigious institution the following year with a Diploma in Acting. She was tutored by the renowned James Miles, who happens to be Jennifer Aniston’s personal acting coach.
Why Did Amanda Du-Pont Leave Skeem Saam?
Amanda du-Pont’s fans, to date, have never found answers to why the beautiful, talented actress left Skeem Saam. Reports about her leaving the show first made headlines in late 2020, and by October 2021, it became crystal clear that she was no longer portraying the character Lelo on the show.
The actress hasn’t commented on her exit from the show since then. Instead, she’s been very focused on other projects. She did a fantastic job portraying Lelo Mthiyane on the show. Her character is a psychopath, an evil woman. Though she was not like Lelo, the actress still played the character flawlessly and won thousands of fans to her side through her performances.
Du-Pont’s fans expressed shock when they learned that she had quietly left the show. However, they were consoled by the fact that she started making an on-screen appearance almost immediately on the BET (DStv channel 129) new soapie, Isono, where she plays the character of Mamba, a young girl who was raised at House of Grace by Mary.
The Actress Launched Her Career In 2006 And Earned Her Big Break Two Years Later
Amanda du-Pont’s career in the entertainment industry began in 2006. She first tasted fame in 2008 when she played the character Senna in the American serial drama Life is Wild and was thrust into the global map due to her powerful performance.
She was also able to win the hearts of many local film producers. And 2012, another major role in the project Loksion Bioskop: Andilalanga came her way. Her career witnessed a major boost in 2014 when she landed a leading role in the feature film Between Friends and also won the role of Lelo in Skeem Saam.
Since then, she has starred in a decent number of local productions. The titles of the projects she has been part of as an actress include:
- Real Goboza (2012-2016 )
- Skeem Saam Nompumelelo as “Lelo” Mthiyane (2014–2021)
- Task Force as Christelle (2014)
- Generations: The Legacy as Herself (2015)
- Hear Me Move (2015)
- Between Friends (2016–present)
- 10 Days In Sun City (2017)
- Taryn and Sharon as Sharon (2017)
- Shadow as Ashley (2019)
- Isono as Mary’s Worker (2019-2022)
- Little Big Mouth (2021)
Amanda is best known for her role in Skeem Saam, and the drama series Life Is Wild. In addition to acting, she is a seasoned model, MC, television host, and businesswoman. She is the CEO and founder of the health/beauty line Lelive Africa Skincare.
Is Amanda Du-Pont Married?
Amanda Du-Pont is married to a famous entrepreneur, manufacturer worker, finance manager, and social media star, Shawn Rodriques. The actress announced her engagement in the year 2018 after Shawn proposed to her at a surprise picnic.
Amanda, in 2020, surprisingly revealed that she and her man had legally tied the knot, leaving her fans to believe it was a private ceremony. The couple has a home in Johannesburg but has not given birth to their kids.
Shawn is not as popular as Amanda. However, he seems to be a cool guy. There is no available information about his background, parents, family members, and current whereabouts.
Recently, several reports have been hinting about the two not being together again after they stopped uploading pictures of themselves together on social media for several months now. However, the actress is yet to address this growing rumor, and she still wears her wedding ring.
Amanda’s husband is relatively active only on Instagram. However, he has a sizeable number of followers of over 100,000 Instagram users.