Thembinkosi Mthembu in 7 Facts: Adulting, Shaka iLembe, The Riiver and More

Thembinkosi Mthembu (born July 31, 1994) is a South African actor best known for playing Bonga in the Showmax Original series Adulting and Dingiswayo on Shaka iLembe.

But before that, he was known for his role as Mabutho on The River. So, in this article, we will look at the artist’s personal life and career in seven facts. Read till the end for all the facts.

Profile summary of Thembinkosi Brian Mthembu

A picture of Thembinkosi Mthembu
A picture of Thembinkosi Mthembu

Full name: Thembinkosi Brian Zidane Mthembu
Date of birth: July 31, 1994 (30 years in 2024)
Place of birth: KwaNdengezi, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Education: Durban University of Technology (2017)
Height: 1.83m
Occupation: Actor
Known for: Bonga from Adulting, Mabutho from The River, Junior from The Republic
Net worth: $350,000
Children: 1 daughter
Nationality: South African

1. Where is Thembinkosi Mthembu from?

Well, Thembinkosi Brian Zidane Mthembu was born in the small village of KwaNdengezi, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He grew up there and would discover his passion before completing his high school education.

Bandile Biyela from The Showmax Original's Outlaws
Bandile Biyela from The Showmax Original’s Outlaws

Mthembu is close with his mother, who has supported him through thick and thin. Furthermore, Mthembu had a sister who died in 2015, while Mthembu was still studying for his degree. So, his past contains a lot of pain.

2. How old is he?

Thembinkosi Mthembu was born on Julyy 31st, 1994. So, as of 2024, he will be 30 years old. Most people already assume the actor was at least in his early 30s because of his mature-looking physique and personality. He was clearly raised well.

3. Is Thembinkosi Mthembu married?

Yes, as of 2024, Thembinkosi Mthembu is currently in a relationship with his lovely baby mom, Sibulele Ndaba and the two have one daughter together. After his daughter was born in 2019, Brian couldn’t fully support her financially as he wasn’t financially stable.

Thembinkosi Brian Mthembu and his daughter
Thembinkosi Brian Mthembu and his daughter

However, his mother stepped in, paying both for his rent and the child’s needs. So, he really appreciates his mother for supporting him through his dark days, as he can now support himself and his daughter.

4. Where did he get his education?

Well, after completing his high school education, Mthembu went to the city of Durban to study towards his passion. So, he enrolled at the Durban University of Technology to study for a degree in drama. After completing his degree, he went straight to Johannesburg to look for opportunities.

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5. He used to work as a dancer

When Mthembu moved to Johannesburg, he didn’t just become a star. He had to go through some difficult in which his mother even had to pay for his rent. Moreover, when he was in Johannesburg, he worked as a dancer for Checkers and Cell C.

6. Which roles has Thembinkosi Mthembu played in his career?

Thembinkosi Brian’s first role was on The Republic, where he played the role of Junior. That role opened doors for him to play Mabutho on The River, as the writers actually cast him for it after seeing how well he performed on The Republic. So, they wrote that role with him in mind.

Bonga from the Showmax Original Adulting
Bonga from the Showmax Original Adulting

After his debut role, he wasn’t only the river but has appeared in other major dramas and films, including Shaka ilembe where he played Dingiswayo Godongwana. He also played Bandile Biyela in The Outlaws and, more recently, Bonga in Adulting.

Other notable appearances include his role on Ngeculo where he played Malusi in 2019. He was nominated for Best Male Actor and Outstanding Newcomer for his contributions to the South African film industry in 2020.

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7. How to find him on Social media

Mthembu has a very strong presence on social media, especially on Instagram, where he has over 500k followers as of 2024. We don’t know if he has a Twitter account or not, but it doesn’t look that way. However, he is very famous on Twitter.