Keketso Semoko

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Keketso Semoko
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Born Keketso Semoko
(1964-06-10) June 10, 1964 (age 55)
Soweto, Johannesburg
Gauteng, South Africa
Education Lofentse Girls High School
Alma mater University of the Witwatersrand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982 - to date
Known for Isidingo

Keketso Semoko (born 10 June 1964) is a South African actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Agnes Matabane on the SABC 3 soap opera Isidingo alongside Don Mlangeni Nawa who played Zebedee "Zeb" Matabane her onscreen husband, the late Lesego Motsepe who played Letti Matabane her onscreen daughter and Tshepo Maseko who played Parsons Matabane her onscreen son with Hlubi Mboya who played Nandipha Sithole onscreen daughter-in-law.

Keketso Semoko has appeared in a number of films including a 1999 Gavin Hood directed A Reasonable Man, Mr. Bones, Beat the Drum, Critical Assignment, Zulu Love Letter, Drum, The Seven of Daran: Battle of Pareo Rock, Africa United and Paradise Stop.

Leaving Isidingo

Keketso Semoko portrayed the character of Agnes Matabane from July 1998 to August 2014. In an interview with Anele Mdoda she revealed that leaving Isidingo was her decision as she had always wanted to work behind the scenes.

"It's so strange, because I knew that when I turn 50 I would end ma Agnes's journey. I wanted to walk away from Agnes, and they didn't believe me. It is not because I didn't love that character or Isidingo. But it's because it got to a point where I started to take it for granted. When there are no butterflies in the stomach in the morning before going to work and then I realised that I'm too comfortable with this person, then I knew it was time to act," she told Anele Mdoda.

"I always wanted to end up behind the scenes. Producing became the next level for me. It was a matter of growth.

"When I was Ma Agnes, I would go do other productions but I'd tell them you can't remove my eyebrows or dye my hair, because I represent that woman; Ma Agnes. I always had to think about her. I couldn't just go dye my hair ginger. I once had dreadlocks but that wasn't Ma Agnes. My hair belonged to Isidingo. There are a lot of things I couldn't do, just so I could stay authentic to my character," Keketso Semoko said.

References

  1. TVSA, Keketso Semoko, 24 November 2018
  2. Drum/ News24, Marriage was not my blessing- Keketso Semoko , 24 November 2018
  3. 'Citizen, Isidingo family wiped out, 24 November 2018
  4. 'Times LIVE, Actress Keketso Semoko talks about 'letting go' of Ma Agnes, 24 November 2018
  5. 'IMDb, Keketso Semoko Biography, 24 November 2018
  6. 'SABC Education, Winds of Change, Skeem Saam moves to SABC2, 24 November 2018