Chris Gxalaba

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Chris Gxalaba (born 1964). A South African actor (also known as Christopher Gxalaba).




He had lessons in drawing, graphic art, music, dance at the Ntlazane Youth Association in Guguletu, Cape Town in the 1970s. He wrote short plays for the Methodist Church. Studied Drama at the University of Cape Town Drama Department since 1987, graduating three years later.


Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

His debut was in 1990 in the Baxter Theatre in Guys and Dolls.

Roles in stage productions include: The Suitcase; Cry, The Beloved Country; Vrededorp, Vrygrond, Jobias, Sodom, Sizwe Bansi is Dead, 'n Skewe Sirkel, No-Good Friday, Die Generaal, Lysistrata, The Blood Knot, Trumpets and Raspberries, The Quiet Violence of Dreams, Woza Albert!, Die Toneelstuk, Nothing but the Truth.

Television roles include: Ibrahim in ER; Caesar in Home Affairs; Sizwe Yili in Montana; Spokes in Shooting Stars; Private Investigator in Stokvel;

Roles in feature films include: Mandela and de Klerk (1997); After the Rain (1999), Herman Binge's Leaving the Blues, Poppie Nongena (2019).

Awards, etc

He won the AA Vita Award as Best Actor for his role in Sizwe Bansi is Dead in 1991.


Die Burger, 15 September 1999.

Pretoria News, 18 April 2001.

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