JT Medupe biography: Smoke and Mirrors, Generations, Wife, Kids and Sexuality

JT Medupe (born January 1, 1992) is a South African actor best known for playing the role of Jonathan Motene on Generations: The Legacy and, more recently, Leeroy on Smoke and Mirrors.

The actor is currently in a relationship with fellow actress Lebogang Mthunzi. In this article, we will look at the actor’s personal life and career. So, read till the end for all the details.

Biography of JT Medupe

A picture of JT Medupe who plays Leeroy on Smoke and Mirrors
A picture of JT Medupe, who plays Leeroy on Smoke and Mirrors

Full name: JT Medupe
Date of birth: January 1, 1992 (36 years old as of 2023)
Place of birth: Gauteng, South Africa
Education: Tshwane University of Technology
Height: 1.6m
Occupation: Actor, Singer, Dancer and Presenter
Known for: Jonathan Motene from Generations, Leeroy from Smoke and Mirrors, Siyabonga from Isidingo
Spouse: Lebogang Mthunzi
Children: 1 Daughter
Net worth: $150,000
Nationality: South African

Early life

JT Medupe is believed to have been born on January 1st, 1992, in Johannesburg, South Africa. So, as of 2024, the actor is 36 years old. The actor’s love for acting began at an early age, and that influenced him to pursue acting at a tertiary level.

Education of JT Medupe

After completing his high school education,. Medupe decided to pursue a National Diploma in Drama from the Tshwane University of Technology. So, he graduated in 2010, after 3 years of studying for the degree in 2007.

JT Medupe studied at TUT for a Btech in Drama
JT Medupe studied at TUT for a Btech in Drama

Furthermore, in 2018, he was trained by scriptwriter Tharine Soslanka for a year to learn scriptwriting. Soslanka has written scripts for shows like Binnelanders. So, Medupe got a good deal, to be fair.

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Personal life

Unlike his gay role on Smoke and Mirrors, JT Medupe is not gay in real life, but a husband and father. As of 2024, JT Medupe is dating fellow actress Lebogang Mthunzi, whom he shared a screen with on Generations as her brother. JT Medupe played the role of Jonathan Motene on the show, while Lebogang Mthunzi played Angela Mogale.

Lebogang Mthunzi, her husband Medupe and their daughter
Lebogang Mthunzi, her husband Medupe and their daughter

As of now, the couple has a child together, a daughter. They have been married for a very long time, from before 2014 until today. We don’t know when or how their relationship began, but most sources say they met in 2014.

Career of JT Medupe

When Medupe was one year away from completing his tertiary education, he joined the Contractors Artists management agency. And through them, he secured a lot of TV roles. However, acting is not all that Medupe did over the years.

From 2013 to 2014, he actually produced and wrote for MTTV, which produced telenovelas such as Scars. Thereafter, between 2014 and 2015, he was a casting assistant and a production assistant for Ferguson Films.

The couple played siblings, Jonathan Motene and Angela Mogale, on Generation: The Legacy
The couple played siblings, Jonathan Motene and Angela Mogale, on Generation: The Legacy

Furthermore, he has also freelanced for Blazaai Pictures from January 2018 to November 2019. In terms of acting, he’s more famous for his role on Generations: The Legacy as Jonathan Motene. His other roles include Siyabonga on Isidingo and Mdu Rockville. Moreover, he played Tebogo Mxotwa on Sokhulu and Partners.

And now, more recently, he plays the role of Leeroy on Smoke and Mirrors. Furthermore, it’s worth mentioning that he also played the role of Jacob Zuma in a theatrical play. He said a role was difficult to play because it revolved around abuse allegations, and he is against the abuse of women.

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Other ambitions and hobbies

The actor, as aforementioned, isn’t just into acting but many other things. Like most actors, he’s also a singer and an MC. Medupe also enjoys exercising and keeping his body in shape. So, if you go through his socials, you’ll see that his fitness isn’t just from good genes.

Social media

JT Medupe is very popular on Twitter, with over 21k followers on the platform. He goes by the username @jtmedupe both on Twitter and Instagram, where he has 20k followers. On Facebook, he just goes by the name JT Medupe and has over 43k followers.