Xolile Tshabalala

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Xolile Tshabalala
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Born Xolile Tshabalala
(1977-04-09) April 9, 1977 (age 42)
Vrede, Free State
South Africa
Education New York Film School
Alma mater National School of the Arts
  • Actress
  • Producer
Years active 1997 - to date

Xolile Tshabalala (born 9 April 1977) is a South African actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Julia Motene on Generations alongside Rapulana Seiphemo, Dineo Nchabeleng, Wright Ngubeni, and Akin Omotoso. In 2013 she starred in the Rous Brothers/ SABC 3 original drama series High Rollers alongside Antony Coleman, Justin Strydom, Brümilda van Rensburg, Carine Rous and Fezile Mpela.

Xolile Tshabalala has also starred in shows such as Jacob's Cross, 90 Plein Street, Fallen, Ingozi, Sokhulu & Partners, Kota Life Crisis, InterSEXions, Soul City, 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls and appeared in the American police procedural drama series NCIS as Sayda Zuri as well as starring in the made-for-television movie Rise directed by Rolie Nikiwe.

Early Life

Xolile Tshabalala was born on 9 April 1977 in Vrede in the Free State province of South Africa. She attended the National School of the Arts and graduated with the honour of best overall performer. Xolile Tshabalala later attended the New York Film School in the United States of America.

Views on South African Television industry

Xolile Tshabalala was quoted in an interview with Drum magazine saying, "The South African TV industry is full of people with no talent, who can’t act and are chosen because of their looks and connections".

Views on National Film and Video Foundation

"As a black woman, the South African film making industry is shocking. Opportunities are given to few people and NFVF is also shocking because it does not provide enough opportunities for us," Xolile Tshabalala in Drum magazine interview.

Views on Hair Weaves

"I’m one of those actors who will sit down with the hair and wardrobe department and ask ‘is there really a reason for this character to wear a weave?’," Xolile Tshabalala told the Sowetan. "I’ve noticed that the weave has become so important to people. It’s almost as if to be beautiful you have to go against the grain of being African, so you must wear that plastic hair. I believe the reason my hair grows towards the heavens is because I’m African. It’s still okay to be as black as I am."

Miscarriage and the Berlin Incident

Xolile Tshabalala suffered a miscarriage in February 2016 while visiting Berlin, Germany and was allegedly turned away from a facility in that country. According Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu;

"On the 24th of February 2016‚ Ms Tshabalala suffered a miscarriage and was diagnosed with fibrosis‚ which affects the uterus. Being in Berlin at the time‚ Ms Tshabalala went to what she believed to be a first-world facility for assistance; Ms Tshabalala was told that her condition was an African problem,” Gauteng Health MEC [[Qedani Mahlangu] was quoted as saying.

Xolile Tshabalala returned to South Africa and received treatment at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. "I lost my baby and the best place I knew that I will get better was Baragwanath Hospital. I didn’t listen to people who say ‘go to fancy hospitals’, I went to Bara and the doctors there were just the best," she was quoted.


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  5. IMDb, Xolile Tshabalala Biography, 27 November 2018
  6. My Bio Hub, Xolile Tshabalala Biography – Age, Husband, Nominations, Movies and TV, 27 November 2018
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  8. Drum/News24, Xolile opens up about her miscarriage and coming back to TV, 27 November 2018