Bonko Khoza Biography: Age, Wife, Brothers, Family, Siblings, Married

Bonko Khoza (born in 1991) is a fast-rising South African actor popular for his role as Mqhele Zulu on the Showmax series The Wife. His role in the series has captured the attention of many viewers and has gained him prominence.

Bonko Khoza
Bonko Khoza biography
Bonko Khoza was named Actor of the Week 45 by Actor Spaces in 2021.
Background Information
Name:Bonko Khoza
Born:1991 (age 30 years)
Nationality:South African
Education:Performance and Theatre, Dip
Alma mater:The Market Laboratory. 
Occupation:Actor, Voice-over artist
Wife:Lesego Khoza (m. 2021- )
Awards:Best Actor at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (nominated)
Actor of the Week, Week 45, by Actor Spaces

Early Life

He was born in 1991 and was named Bonko Khoza. He was spent his childhood days in Johannesburg, South Africa. For him, his love for art, especially drama and live performance, could be traced back to his years as a teenager.

While in school, he landed a role in production including as “Captain Hook“. The role earned him recognition – “Regional Drama Awards


Bonko Khoza holds Performance and Theatre, Dip, from The Market Laboratory.

The Wife

The role he plays is called Mqhele Zulu, the second child his parents out of eight brothers. His family is known for their notoriousness and they are active in the crime and taxi business.

The family is led by Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba). In The Wife, Mqhele Zulu fell in love with Hlomu. Love, at first sight, is the only word to qualify the feeling after she saw her at the tax rank, and when he approached her. 

In a bid to convince her, he bought her ice cream, ladies always love to play hard to get regardless.

However, Mqhele Zulu is not the only member of his family to fall in love with the beautiful lady – Hlomu. Qhawe (Kwenzo Ngcobo), his younger brother, had met her earlier.

Although Qhawe could get the lady’s phone number, his older brother got the key to her heart.

Hlomu and Mqhele

Trying to get the attention of her boyfriend who paid more attention to his work made Hlomu fall in love with another. Mqhele managed to make her fall in love with him after her boyfriend Sandile (Kay Sibiya) choose to work over her. Capitalizing on what, you may call “his weakness, Mqhele stole the key to Hlomu’s heart from Sandile.

Personal life

Bonko Khoza got married on 13 March 2021 to the love of his life and childhood friend Lesego Khoza. The couple exchanged their marriage vows in a colorful ceremony.


The actor had appeared in many other roles before Mqhele Zulu in The Wife. He was cast as ‘Jabz’ in the critically acclaimed cult film Necktie Youth. His exceptional portrayal of the show made him a nominee for the Best Actor at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

Since then, he has made other appearances on the History Channel remake of the acclaimed miniseries Roots (2016). In 2018, he was also cast in the American Feature Film Beautifully Broken.

In 2020, Bonko Khoza appeared in Professionals, and in the following year, he was cast in The Mauritanian (2021). He played the supporting lead role in the Netflix Series The Brave Ones.

He has appeared in many serials and films alongside notable and celebrated personalities home and abroad. He is also a Voice-over artist and has worked with top brands both home and abroad.

Social Media

The emerging South African actor is also active on Instagram. He updates followers with pictures and videos of his lifestyle and work. On Instagram, Bonko Khoza has over Thirty-nine thousand followers.


Bonko Khoza was a nominee for Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 for the role of Jabz in Necktie Youth. In 2021, he was named the Actor of the Week, Week 45, by Actor Spaces.


  • The Wife
  • Necktie Youth
  • Roots (2016)
  • Beautifully Broken (2018)
  • Professionals (2020)
  • The Mauritanian (2021)

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