Rea Rangaka biography, age, profile, education, dead places, background

Rea Rangaka (born 1 July 1985) is a renowned South African actor, director, and writer. Playing the role of Chief of Staff Martin Shai in The Mayor. Landing the role was his debut starring role as an actor on television.

Rea Rangaka also appeared on the popular paranormal movie series Dead Places. In the series produced by Motion Story, he played the role of Joe.


Rea Rangaka biography
Rea Rangaka biography. Edited by TheNation.
NameRea Rangaka
Born1 July 1985 (age 36 years)
OriginBenoni, North West
NationalitySouth African
EducationEnglish, Drama, Media, and Film Production
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
ProfessionActor, writer, director


His mother gave birth to him on 1 July 1985 and both his father and mother welcomed their newly born son. Rea Rangaka, 36, place of origin is in Benoni, North West province of South Africa.


Though many fans of Dead Places know him for his irrelevant suggestions and being a foodie, he is an academic in reality.

Rea holds a BA Degree in English, Drama, Media, and Film Production.

He studied for this degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In 2007, the award-winning actor continued with Film Practice and Theory.

Dead Places

In the popular Netflix paranormal series Dead Places, Rea Rangaka was cast as Joe. His character is an ex-cop who cares for his daughter who is separated from him.

His ever-demanding ex-wife got married to his ex-boss, who he assaulted, and tries all she can to limit his visit to their child.

Joe later got a job as a driver working for Ben to drive Will and his colleague Kelly around as they solve mysteries.


In 2007, he made his debut performance on screen in the film More Than Just a Game. In the docu-drama film, directed by Junaid Ahmed he landed the role of Freddie Simon.

The film tried to take viewers on the journey back to 1966 on how political prisoners on Robben Island made history. It revealed how they became the founders of Makana F.A.

They say first impression matters, right? Rea proved that after more opportunities came knocking after he appeared on the screen.

He landed a guest-starring role as Lentsoe in the comedy-drama series Khululeka. Penguin Films were behind the production of the SABC series.

New to showbiz but was already a fan favorite, he was nominated under two categories of the award in 2008.

At the second South African Comedy Awards, he bagged the Best One Person Show. Sponsors of the award saw that he deserved it for his self-penned Bafana Republic: Extra Time.

Still, at the award-giving event, he was nominated for the Best Breakthrough Act.

In the same category with him were Trevor Noah and Andrew Timm. The popular comedian and media personality Trevor Noah took home the award.

In 2011, Rea landed another role in acting in the feature film Paradise Stop. The popular series was directed by Jann Turner.

Rapulana Seiphemo, Kenneth Nkosi, and Vusi Kunene played the starring role in the popular series.

In 2012, he wrote, directed, and produced the short film For the Lovers Only. He is also the person behind the production, direction, and writing of the 2013 short film Ode in Blood.

Another starring role followed in 2014 after he appeared as Lungile in Mzansi Love.

His character in the anthology series is an advertising exec who sleeps with a colleague. Appearing in Episode 2 of Season 3 which was titled Friends with Benefit.

In 2015 and 2017, Rea landed starring roles in the Mzansi Magic sitcom The Mayor and the SABC1 sitcom Single Guys (Season 2), respectively.


Ashes to AshesMr Direro
The South African Comedy AwardsWinner – Himself
The RiverJJ
The MayorMartin Shai
Taryn & SharonJohn 456
Single GuyzMazi
Shadow Trevor
Saints and SinnersNdumiso’s Doctor
Mzansi LoveLungile
Mutual FriendsGuest Star
MadibaMiddle Aged African Man
Dream WorldSeminar Speaker
Dead PlacesJoe

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