Mothusi Magano biography, age, movies, Skeem Saam, education

Mothusi Magano (born 26 March 1979 in Phokeng) is a South African actor. He gained popularity for his acting role in several popular serials.

He is popular with lovers of series including Scandal, Intersextions, and Tsotsi.

Many know the actor for being cast in The Lab. He played the role of Charles “Mingus” Khathi in the SABC3 drama series for 3 years (2006-2009).


Mothusi Magano biography
NameMothusi Magano
Born26 March 1979 (age 42 years)
NationalitySouth African
Alma materWits University
ProfessionActor, presenter
CountrySouth Africa


The popular face on television was born on 26 March 1979. His place of birth is in Phokeng, a village on the outskirts of Rustenburg.

At a young age, 5 years, he relocated to Mafikeng with his family. He had his debut performance at the Mmabana Cultural center in a pantomime – A Dragon For Dinner.


After laying a solid foundation in his academics, he enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand in 1998. While studying in his first year in school, he attended auditions for all plays at Wits.

He appeared in Death and the Maiden playing the role of Gerardo Escobar. He also appeared in Little Shop of horrors as Audrey Two.


Following a request from a friend in 2003 for him to play the role of Harry Lime in his production of The Third Man, Magano asked agent Moonyeenn Lee to watch the production.

After two days, he was signed to her agency and he filmed his first film through her.

He has released several films including Gums and Noses, Hotel Rwanda, and Tsotsi. The film, Tsotsi, received the Best Foreign Film at the Oscar Awards.

He also appeared in many theatre productions like The Third Man, Stones in His Pockets, Venus, Four, and Lysistrata.

Other credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Bread and Butter, and Maid in the New South Africa.

He has also appeared in American Buffalo, The Coloured Museum, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and Hamlet.

Magano was cast in the serial Zero Tolerance. He appeared in season 2 of the SABC2 police procedural series in 2004.

Other television serial credits include Home Affairs, Sorted, Muvhango, and Izoso Connexion.

In 2006, he was cast in The Lab where he played his first major TV role.

He appeared on the show playing a starring role for three seasons. In the ITV drama serial Wild at Heart, he appeared in season 5.

In 2011, he landed a guest-starring role in Intersexions, an SABC1 drama series.

In the following year, 2012, played another guest-starring role in 90 Plein Street, an SABC2 drama series.

Another starring role followed in 2013 in Tempy Pushas, an SABC1 drama serial.

In November, he landed another acting role in Scandal! In the soap opera, he played the role of a mysterious assassin The Dustbin Man.

In 2019, he joined the cast member of Skeem Saam playing Tumishang, an SABC1 soap opera.

Movies and TV Shows

Mothusi Magano movies and TV shows
90 Plein StreetTshepo Sadiki
Zero ToleranceDoctor Ngomane
Zabalaza (2013)Sponono Doctor
When We Were BlackComrade Walker
The RiverModiri
The LabCharles “Mingus” Khathi
Tempy PushasDot Org
SortedMothusi Magano
Skeem SaamTumishang
Scandal!The Dustbin Man
Mzansi Love(Kasi Style) Karabo
MuvhangoGuest Star
Mfolozi StreetOdirile Pelompe
Keeping ScoreLebone
Broken VowsKornas
Jacob’s CrossJournalist / Mothusi / TV Journalist
Izoso ConnexionMfundo
Hustle (2016)Maxwell
Home AffairsGuest Star
GenerationsGuest Star
Dead PlacesVincent
90 Plein StreetSello Tlhabanelo


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