Moshidi Motshegwa

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Moshidi Motshegwa (1977- ). South African stage, film and television actress.


Born and raised In Alexandra, she moved with her family to the Johannesburg suburb of Kew. She started acting while still at school, then went on to study at the for·mer Johannesburg Art, Ballel, Drama and Music School, now called the National School of the Arts, in Braamfontein, from where she graduated in 1993. In 1994, she went to study for a BA degree in English and History at Wits University. "As an artist, you want to do different things, re-inventing yourself over and over again. I can act both funny and serious parts and I find this challenging in its own way, but I enjoy it", she said in an interview with Dipuo Tshoagong in 2004.

Stage work

She has appeared as Tiny in Marabi (the play) (1995), played in The Colored Museum (1996) and starred as Dikeledi in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov, 1997.

She appeared as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire at the National Arts Festival, 2002.

Television and film work

Best known for her leading role as Denzela Ledwaba in the SABC2 police drama series Zero Tolerance, from 2003-2006. She is also known for playing the role of Florence Nxumalo in the 2004 feature film Drum, with Taye Diggs. Has appeared in numerous television shows including Friends Indeed, Gaabo Motho, Flat 27, Generations, Justice For All, Joburg Blues, Behind the Badge, Ke Nnako, SOS, Hillside, The Lab and Jozi H. Made a guest appearance in a 2003 episode of the American medical drama series ER entitled "Makemba" (Season 10, Episode 10). Portrayed Nelson Mandela's daughter Zinzi in the 1997 made-for-TV movie Mandela and De Klerk.

In 2007 she starred in the Dutch mini-series Stellenbosch.

Other films include Hijack Stories (2000), Critical Assignment (2004) and The African Story. She played the leading role of Uhuru Mokoena in the SABC2 mini-series Noah's Ark, from July to August, 2008.

She was one of the contestant panelists on the SABC2 game show Where Were You?, from August to November, 2008. [1]

Awards, etc.

Nominated [outstanding actress in a comedy] FNB Vita Award (national), award year 1996.

Nominated Vita Award (Gauteng), award year 1996, `Marabi' [best supporting actress].

Won the Best Actress in a Television Drama Golden Horn award at the inaugural SAFTA Awards in 2006, for her role in Zero Tolerance.


Tribute, 30 April 1997.

Vuka SA, 30 November 1997.

NELM catalogue.

TVSA [2].

IMDb [3].

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