Xolile Tshabalala biography, age, education, awards, Muvhango

Xolile Tshabalala (born on 9 April 1977 in Vrede, Free State) is a South African actress. She has grown to be a popular face onscreen for appearing in many television serials.

She is best known for appearing in the SABC1 soap opera Generations as Julia Motene (2002-2005). Her beautiful face has also been seen in many other television serials. 

The amazing actress is also a film director and has been recognized for the impact she has made so far.


Xolile Tshabalala biography
Xolile Tshabalala was born in Vrede, Free States in South Africa.
NameXolile Tshabalala
Born9 April 1977 (age 44 years)
Vrede, Free State
NationalitySouth African
Alma materNational School of the Arts
New York Film School
Years active2002-date


The actress was born in Vrede, a town in the Free State province of South Africa. The actress is named after her grandmother (paternal).

In the year that she had her matriculation, she appeared in The Crucible, at the Market Theatre alongside her mentor Thembi Mtshali.


The actress attended the National School of the Arts. She graduated from the academic institution with the honor of best overall performer. 


Xolile Tshabalala education
Xolile Tshabalala has been active in the film and television industry since 2002.

The actress has appeared in many television productions including as Angela Ndamase in Ingozi. She also was cast in Generations, Soul City, Secret in my Bosom, among others.

She has also appeared in many theatre productions like Another Child. Xolile Tshabalala has also bagged several awards as an actress including the 2003 Duku Duku Viewers Choice award. 

In 2004, she also received the People Magazine Crystal Award for best soap actress.

She left for the United States to study at New York Film School in 2005 thereby taking a time off the screen and acting. In 2006, in season seven of the SABC1 drama series Soul City, she was cast as Sister Zama.

In the following year, in 2007, she appeared in season 5 of the American drama series NCIS in a guest role. In 2010, she returned to South Africa and landed the role of Noma in the TV serial 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls.

In 2011, she appeared in the SABC1 drama series Fallen as Mandi Mbalula (starring role). In 2013, she played another starring role as TT’s gorgeous wife Gugu in the SABC3 drama series High Rollers, 2013.


90 Plein StreetPrecious
Kota Life Crisis Hlengiwe
Soul City Sister Zama
IngoziAngela Ndamase
NCIS Sayda Zuri
Sokhulu & Partners Nosipho Nokwe
Blood & WaterNwabisa Bhele
Rhythm CityStella
High RollersGugu Mogale
FallenMandi Mbalula
Hard Copy Teacher
HousekeepersNoluthando Ngubane
Jacob’s CrossBusi
GenerationsJulia Motene


The actress boasts over 19 years of experience in the television and film industry. She has received several nominations and awards over the years.

2012SAFTA Golden HornBest Supporting Actress – TV Drama Fallen (2007)Nominee
2006SAFTA Golden HornBest Supporting Actress – TV Soap Generations (1993)Nominee
2013SAFTA Golden HornBest Actress – TV Drama 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls (2010)Nominee
2016SAFTA Golden HornBest Actress – Made for TV Movie Rise (2015)Nominee
2020SAFTA Golden HornBest Supporting Actress – TV Soap Muvhango (1997)Nominee

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