Nyalleng Thibedi Biography
Nyalleng Thibedi is a South African model, actress and qualified chemical engineer who is popularly known for her role as Mpho Rankwane, Tsietsi Namane’s wife on e.tv telenovella, Ashes To Ashes.
She is also known for appearing in the Mzansi Magic drama miniseries ‘Single Mothers’ as Rama and as Zekhethelo on the SABC1 soapie Uzalo in 2013. When she was young she used to take drama lessons at Funda centre. She has worked on commercials for Cell C, Castle lite, JET Stores, Standard Bank, DSTV.
In 2008, Thibedi landed a lead role on New York Film Academy’s short film, Picture Perfect. In 2012, she had a guest starring role in an episode of the SABC2 police procedural drama series Streets of Mangaung and has subsequently performed in several Lokshin Bioskop series and films for Mzansi Magic, including iLobolo, The Society and Single Mothers.
Nyalleng Thibedi Education
In 2001, she graduated from University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. She also studied acting in New York where she also participated in several productions.
Nyalleng Thibedi Age
The actress has not publicly announced her date of birth, hence her age is not known. She was however, born in Soweto, South Africa, where she also grew up in.
Nyalleng Thibedi Boyfriend
The model is currently not dating. She was however, in a relationship in the past. She describes her relationship as being abusive. When she spoke about her experience with domestic abuse at the hands of her partner, she had this to say, “When someone tells you that you’re unworthy, you’re a good for nothing, by the time the abuse gets physical, they have worked so hard at breaking your spirit, there’s no way it’s not going to affect you,” she told Enca in August, 2015. She added that she got out of the relationship when she realized she would lose her life.
Nyalleng Thibedi Television Roles
- 4 Hours – season 1 as Rose Dlamini
- Ashes to ashes – season 1 and 2 as Mpho Rankoane.
- Mamello – season 1 as Naledi
- Mfolozi Street – season 1 as Aviwe
- Single mothers – season 1 as Rama
- Streets of Mangaung – season 1 as School teacher
- Task Force – season 1 as Slindile
- Uzalo – season 3 as Zekhethelo
- Uzalo – Season 4 as Zekhethelo
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Nyalleng Thibedi on motherhood: It teaches you to be selfless
Published: 27 June 2018
You know we all have that one friend that never finishes a five minute conversation without saying “my child this or my child that.” Well‚ Nyalleng Thibedi has pleaded guilty to being that friend.
There are a lot of things that fulfil Thibedi as a person but more than her love for acting and for life in general‚ being called a mommy is her highest calling and she explained why to TshisaLIVE.
“I still can’t fathom how I gave birth to this incredible human being. I love him unconditionally and receive the same love‚ unconditionally. It’s such a consuming yet selfless kind of love.”
Thibedi has a six-year-old son and she said she often finds herself bragging about the amazing person that has come from her.
The actress said it amazed her how she could walk into a shop with the intention of spoiling herself and walk out with bags of clothes and shoes for her son.
“Being a mother teaches you to be selfless in a different way. Before you become a mother‚ you may think you selfless but it’s a different level after you give birth to a person.
Thibedi explained that when she gets a moment to herself‚ be it in the car or anywhere for that matter‚ she’s always thinking about how she can be a better mother and a better person.
“I think about I can become a better human being in all facets of my life. Whether it is being a better mother‚ which I never want to stop improving on‚ or being a better actor or how I can connect better with my creator. I always think to myself‚ ‘what can I do today that I didn’t do yesterday that will help me be better’.”
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How would you describe Nyalleng?
Nyalleng Thibedi: I am a dreamer, a go getter, highly ambitious, unstoppable, resilient and very strong. When I set myself a goal nothing can deter me. A typical dynamite in a small package. I love life and enjoy turning whatever challenges that get thrown at me into something good…….. Turning lemons into lemonade.
How long have you been an actress? And when did you get started?
Nyalleng Thibedi: As a kid I used to take drama lessons at funda centre. It was then that I got bit by the acting bug. Little did I know then that my first paying job as an actress would be years later. I started out doing TV commercials and realised then that I needed to first immerse myself in theatre, so I can have authentic acting skills. I learned about the concept of the actors studio and decided to move to the Americas. I spent a total of SIX years in the US working, taking classes, being part of a theatre group and acting in any stage production I could get involved in.
What challenges do you face on a daily basis in the industry?
Nyalleng Thibedi: I trained in an environment where art is highly respected and artists are viewed as influential people opposed to non game changers. Where art and intellect are not mutually exclusive. I find it very challenging that acting is not perceived that way in our country especially after investing so much. People still come up to me and congratulate me for an awesome performance and then go on to ask me what it is I really do.
What are your strong points as an actor?
Nyalleng Thibedi: Honesty and vulnerability. I render myself completely to what is about to happen whether I am leading, supporting or featuring. I believe without the RELEVANT emotion for a scene it is difficult to establish truth. I like lee Strasberg’s method and use emotional memory to bring different things to life.
Tell us about Ashes to Ashes, how is the experience like being part of the soapie?
Nyalleng Thibedi: I am grateful to Clive Morris Productions for giving me this opportunity , and to etv for creating avenues where people like me can use our gifts to bless others. Ashes to Ashes is truly a professional structure and I am privileged to work with such an awesome cast. I grew up watching some of the legendary actors on our show and now I get to exchange a word with them. My father is up at 4am every morning and his hard work inspires me, I come from a family of hard workers. I am very happy to be part of such a hard working and dedicated team. My main objective was to bring some of the skills I learned to the plate but while I was busy doing that I also got to learn from some of the best about how the Industry in SA works.
I am able to talk to Pat Shai, Nambitha Mpumlwana as well Menzi Ngubane about something I hold so dear to my heart and they have a wealth of knowledge not only about the industry in SA but acting as a skill and discipline. We also have a phenomenal group of young actors who I get to share the set with. My primaries are great actors and I love working with them.
Who is your favourite SA actor or actress?
Nyalleng Thibedi: Gosh there are quite a few but watching Nambitha Mpumlwana and Pat Shai not only on TV, but watching them on set too can be a goose bump raising experience. Talk about the method. I also enjoy watching Mpumelelo Bhulose’s work.
What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?
Nyalleng Thibedi: I pinched myself every time I walked the streets of New York. I put my Honours Degree down and did cocktail waitressing, cleaning and etc to be able to pay for my classes. That I was able to do that has been an achievement, because being a foreigner for so long embedded life lessons in me that I use every single day and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Nyalleng Thibedi: From the source of my life. I wake up every morning and consult with the source to enable me to do what I don’t know how to do. I strive to outdo myself every single day. I do not draw strength from the outside but rather from what has been put inside of me. One of the things that makes acting resonate with my personal journey, is that one never ceases to stop learning and re inventing oneself. There is always room for growth. ALWAYS! I think it was Will Smith that said in one of his interviews that he still takes acting classes to this day. For me I can always do better I wake up every day thinking what am I going to do better today? Even if it’s just washing dishes or cooking. It is how am I going to make this stew better than yesterday’s one that keeps me excited about life. Everything I put my hands to I have to do it with excellence even if it has no personal gain. When I am an extra in a scene my thing is how am I going to be the best extra EVER! That’s how I stay inspired.
Are you in a relationship? If so, who’s the lucky guy?
Nyalleng Thibedi: No! I am in a space where my work and my family take precedence over everything. I have huge responsibilities. The guy that will be part of my life has to really love my family and be supportive of what I do. He hasn’t found me, so that’s not a priority at this juncture in my life. Maybe in the future and when I cross paths with this phenomenal guy you will be the first to know.