Sello Maake ka Ncube

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Sello Maake ka Ncube (1960-) is a prominent actor, director and dramatist for stage, TV and film.

(Sometimes credited as Sello Maake, or written as Sello Maake ka-Ncube and Sello Maake kaNcube)


Born in Orlando, Soweto, but mostly raised in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. It wasn’t until he was 15 – when he saw Gibson Kente's How Long – that he realised that he wanted to be an actor.

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

Started his career with performing his own work under the name Sello Maake. Later used the full name.

As playwright

In 1997 he workshopped his first full-length play Koze Kuse Bash. Wrote and directed Koma (1998) and Komeng (2002), *

As staqe performer

Stage roles as performer include leads in Cry Freemandela – The Movie (Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987) *, Black and White Follies, The Suit (Themba/ Mutloatse, Simon and Co, 1993/4 - played both in London and New York), Julius Caesar (Windybrow , 1994), Titus Adronicus (19**), in South Africa and at London's National Theatre), Woza Albert! (1986), The Good Woman of Sharkville (directed by Janet Suzman, 1996), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (19**), Prophets in The Black Sky (19**), Smallholding (19**) , Raisin in the Sun (19**) and Call Us Crazy (2001). The Lion King in London’s West End (200*), and South Africa (2008), The Lion and the Jewel (State Theatre Pretoria, 2008), and Othello (opposite Antony Sher) for Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End of London [and South Africa??] (2008), Report to an Academy (directed by Karoly Pinter, Grahamstown Festival 2009), Race (Mamet, Grahamstown Festival, 2012).

As stage director

He directed Closer (1998), Woza Albert! (2001-2002).

Television work

His TV work made him a nationally recognised face through his protrayal of "Archie" in the series Generations, (1993-1997, 1998-2002).

Film work

His film work includes A Dry White Season (1989), The Rutanga Tapes (1990), Dark City (1990), Wheels and Deals (1991), The Good Fascist (1992), Bopha! (1993), Taxi to Soweto (1993), Djadje: Last Night I Fell Off a Horse (1993), Othello: A South African Tale (2005), .

Administrative work

He is a member of the National Arts Council's panel on the Performing Arts.

Awards, etc


Percy Tucker, 1997

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