Ayanda Bandla biography: Thandisiwe from Smoke and Mirrors

Ayanda Mandisa Bandla (born 1992) is a South African actress, political science graduate and reality TV personality. She is best known for playing Thandisiwe on Smoke and Mirrors as of 2023.

So, in this article we will look into some details that are known about her life. Including how she started acting and her interests in politics and the arts.

Biography of Ayanda Bandla

Ayanda Bandla who plays Thandisiwe from Smoke and Mirrors
Ayanda Bandla who plays Thandisiwe from Smoke and Mirrors

Full name: Ayanda Mandisa Bandla
Date of birth: 1992 (31 years old as of 2023)
Place of birth: Protea North, Soweto, South Africa
Education: University of Pretoria
Height: 1.61m
Occupation: Actress, MC, Writer, Producer, Voice over artist and TV personality
Known for: Thandisiwe on Smoke and Mirrors
Net worth: Unknown
Nationality: South African

Early life of Ayanda Bandla

According to many sources like Sowetan Live, Ayanda Mandisa Bandla was born or raised in Protea North in Soweto.

Moreover, according to her interview with Sowetan Live, the actress is 34 as of 2023. So, she was born in 1987, however, the exact date is currently under investigation.

Furthermore, as it regards to acting, the actress found her passion in the arts at an early age. Crediting her participation in school and church choirs and contributing factors.

Moreover, she said that she was discovered by the actor Leroy Gopal. Of whom she said had become a dear friend to her and helped her with some training and getting her first gig in 2016.

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She got her degree in Political Science at the University of Pretoria. And specialized in International Relations.

However, her manifesto was about nation building in terms of Sports and Arts.

Saying that’s where he major passions were and that’s where she hoped young people would be empowered in.

Personal life

While we don’t know anything about her romantic life. We do know that the actress doesn’t consider herself to be like Thandisiwe.

In an interview she revealed that she and Thandisiwe shared very little in common. So, it’s very obvious that the actress is not an escort in real life. And said she hoped she would never have that many skeletons in her closet.

Moreover, she has stated that she didn’t deem herself as a celebrity and wasn’t doing this for celebrity status but for passion.

As a result she didn’t pursue a career in the media which she had pursued in the past 10 years. Saying that, acting was not even seen as something she could do even though she loved it.

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After finishing her degree at the University of Pretoria. She got a job at the morning breakfast show called Sunrise, where she started of behind the scenes. But ended up anchoring and doing voice overs for.

Ayanda Bandla who plays Thandisiwe from Smoke and Mirrors
Ayanda Bandla who plays Thandisiwe from Smoke and Mirrors

In a non chronological order, the actor has had many roles which include her role as Gugulethu in Identity and Katlego Nqobile in Lavish.

Moreover, she has also acted as Lakhe Amon in Ubettina Wethu. And now more recently she plays Thandisiwe on Smoke and Mirrors. Arguably one of her biggest roles to date.

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Social media

She is on Instagram and uses the simple username of Ayanda_Bandla. She has over 15.8k followers on Instagram. And shares her lifestyle and personal life activities therein.