Who Is Noxolo Mathula, the South African Actress?

Noxolo Mathula is a 30-year-old actress, singer, and businesswoman born on December 31st, 1993. She rose to fame for her role as Lilly Madongwe in the SABC1 soapie Uzalo.

Even though Noxolo Mathula had desired to be an actress at a young age, she eventually realized her dream at the age of 24, in mid-2018, when she joined the cast of Abasebenzi. She then landed her breakout role as Lilly on Uzalo two years later and has been making a name for herself in the film industry since then. Noxolo also switched to business during the lockdown in 2020 and launched her fast food brand, Hotdogs by Noxolo.

Noxolo Mathula’s Biography Summary

  • Full name: Noxolo Nomcebo Mathula
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: December 31st, 1993
  • Noxolo Mathula’s Age: 30 years old
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Nationality: South African
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christian
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Siblings: Ntombizenhlanhla Amanda Zuma
  • Noxolo Mathula’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 8 inches
  • Noxolo Mathula’s Height in Centimetres: 173 cm
  • Noxolo Mathula’s Net worth: $150,000
  • Famous for: Her role as Lilly Madongwe in Uzalo
  • Noxolo Mathula’s Instagram: @noxolo_mathula
  • Twitter: @_NoxoloMathula
  • Facebook: @NoxoloMathula

What Is Noxolo Mathula’s Age Now?

Noxolo Mathula is 30 years old. Her date of birth is December 31st, 1993, and her birthplace is Kwa-Mashu in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. According to astrology, her Zodiac sign is Capricorn. The budding actress was raised by her mother in Durban.

Who Is Noxolo Mathula’s Father?

Noxolo Mathula is said to be the daughter of Jacob Zuma, the former South African President. She is believed to be one of Zuma’s 22 children after she shared a photo she took with the former president at his popular Nkandla Presidential residence. Even though Lilly from Uzalo has not yet addressed the rumor about being the daughter of Jacob Zuma, she is strongly believed to be related to the Zuma family.

Noxolo Mathula and Jacob Zuma
Noxolo Mathula and Jacob Zuma (Image Source)

Her mother, on the other hand, manages her fast food business when she is busy on the production set. Noxolo Mathula cites her mother as her role model, as she has taught her to be a hustler and to never feel ashamed of doing honest work that brings money and happiness.

Where Did Noxolo Mathula Study?

After relocating to Umhlanga Rocks in Durban with her family, Noxolo Mathula attended Parkhill High School located in Durban. She matriculated in 2011 and subsequently studied Theatre at AFDA Durban. She then graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Motion Pictures and Live Performance in the year 2015.

Noxolo Mathula First Worked as a Continuity Director Before Switching to Acting 

Upon her graduation from AFDA, Noxolo Mathula moved to Johannesburg to work as a continuity director for a TV show. She needed a job at the time, and her friend, who was leaving the SABC2 show, trained her as a continuity director for the show, and she served as her replacement. After the TV show ended, she moved on to land a continuity job, working alongside David Kau on some projects he was doing for Mzansi Magic.

Later in 2018, her acting career took off as she landed cameo roles in Mzansi Bioskop shows such as Abo Chommee and Abasebenzi 1 & 2. She was also featured in the series Ibutho before attaining a career breakthrough with her role as Fikephethwe in the Mzansi Magic drama series eHostela. She featured in the two seasons of the soapie and so became well-known throughout Mzansi.

Amazingly, her performance in eHostela landed her the Simon Sabela Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2019. In the same year, Noxolo Mathula was cast as Phikiwe in the TV series Ifalakhe. She additionally scored the role of Zandile in the 2021 TV movie Blind Eye.

What Happened to Lilly from Uzalo?

In 2020, Noxolo Mathula debuted in Uzalo as Lilly Madongwe and made cameo appearances. She eventually became a regular cast member, playing the role of a police officer. In September 2022, after her character was transferred to another police station in Mpumalanga and Lilly was set to leave KwaMashu to start a new life, it was rumored that Noxolo was leaving Uzalo.

Even though the show’s production team made it clear that the 30-year-old was still part of Uzalo and wasn’t going anywhere, Mathula further reassured her fans that she wasn’t leaving and they would still be seeing her on the show. She, however, reportedly landed a new role in another production at the time.

Harboring the desire to be part of Uzalo‘s cast, Noxolo Mathula submitted her CV in 2014 while still studying at AFDA. Afterward, she received a call to join the team as a production assistant, an offer that she honestly didn’t like as all she wanted was to act, but she had to accept it. Nevertheless, fate beckoned on the actress when, while working in Uzalo offices, her boss asked her whether she preferred working in the office to acting, and she chose acting.

Consequently, she was offered a bigger role in the soapie and didn’t have to go for an audition as she still retained her role of Lilly Madongwe, a bisexual police officer. Before long, she grew into the role, becoming one of the show’s favorite characters.

Noxolo Mathula’s Movies and TV Shows

TV Series

  • Abasebenzi 1 & 2 (2018)
  • Abo Chommee (2018)
  • Ibutho (2018)
  • eHostela as Fikephethwe (2019)
  • Ifalakhe as Phikiwe (2019)
  • Uzalo as Lilly Madongwe (2020-present)

TV Movie

  • Blind Eye as Zandile (2021)

Is Noxolo Mathula a Singer?

Yes, Noxolo Mathula is a musician who is said to have participated in Clash of the Choir. Alongside her choirmaster, Busiswa, she represented the KwaZulu-Natal team in the singing competition. Additionally, the KwaMashu native is an aspiring radio personality. She is presently experimenting with radio at the community radio station – Inanda FM and aims to gain experience behind the mic before launching her radio career.

Noxolo Mathula’s Business

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Noxolo Mathula had to start a hotdog business in order to cope with the lockdown as productions came to a halt. She started by selling hotdogs in the street and at taxi ranks in KwaZulu-Natal. She was inspired to venture into the business when she visited New York in 2019 and experienced their hotdogs and fast food.

On her first day in business, she made R700, which motivated her, and she has not looked back ever since. Presently, she has grown her brand into a catering company called Hotdogs by Noxolo and has been supplying hotdogs to production houses in Durban. As the business has become quite lucrative, Mathula now has a mobile kitchen and container to cope with the demand. And her catering company has about 15 staff.

How Much Does Lilly from Uzalo’s New Car Cost?

In July 2019, Noxolo Mathula showed off her newly purchased car on Instagram. Then, in October 2021, she bought another luxury car – a Hyundai Palisade SUV, which was said to be worth about R1 million. Since establishing her fast food business, the actress has been making astonishing achievements.

In late 2020, she disclosed on Instagram that she had bought a house valued at R1.8 million, and she celebrated her achievement with her family and friends. Also, within two years, she has purchased two exotic cars. Noxolo Mathula’s net worth is estimated to be more than $300,000 (over R5.5 million).

Who Is Noxolo Mathula Dating?

Noxolo Mathula is not known to be in any romantic relationship currently, and it’s uncertain if she is married as she has kept her personal life secret. However, in July 2022, she, along with her Uzalo co-star, Nkanyiso Makhanya, denied the rumor of them being a couple. The pair made it clear that they were only good friends and had a close relationship, which wasn’t more than friendship.

Mathula and Nkanyiso were said to be dating at the time, as they had been spotted together several times. The two agreed that they spent most of the time together as good friends but weren’t romantically involved.

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