Xolani Ncobeni biography aka Uncle Dan from Scandal: Age, Kids, Music, Acting and more

Xolani Ncobeni (born, 16 December 1976) is a South African actor, singer-songwriter and TV personality. He is know for his recent role as Uncle Dan on Scandal.

However, he has been on various productions including Uzalo, Durban Gen and Moja. And in this article we will try to look into artist’s life and career.

Biography profile of Xolani Ncobeni

Xolani Ncobeni who plays Uncle Dan on etv's Scandal
Xolani Ncobeni who plays Uncle Dan on etv’s Scandal

Full name: Xolani Ncobeni (aka. Sonyela X)
Date of birth: 16 December 1976 (47 years in 2023)
Place of birth: Clermont, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Education: Ziphathele High School
Height: 1.72m
Occupation: Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Known for: Uncle Dan on etv’s Scandal
Net worth: Unknown
Instagram: @xolanincobeni
Children: At least 2
Nationality: South African

Early life

Xolani Ncobeni was born on the 16th of December 1976 or 1977. So, as of 2023, he is either turning 46 or 47. The actor was born in Clermont, a small township in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

While, we don’t know much about his early life, the actor grew up with a artistic background and even moved to Johannesburg in 1999 to pursue a career in music. He was pursuing the Maskandi music genre.

Education of Xolani Ncobeni

According to his official account, he attended Ziphathele High School. However, his bio seems to suggest he didn’t matriculate. Moreover, he has also stated that he studied at Ngelusa Mina. But, we have no data indicating that it’s an actual school or college.

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Personal life

The actor has been speculated to be related to Sibonelo Nxumalo. However, the two actors have stated that they’re not related. In fact, they even went to the point of asking their parents if they had other siblings unbeknownst to them.

Xolani Ncobeni or Sonyela X plays Uncle Dan on etv's Scandal
Xolani Ncobeni or Sonyela X plays Uncle Dan on etv’s Scandal

But, they were reassured that their resemblance was only a matter of chance and coincidence. Both of the actors come from the KwaZulu-Natal province. Moreover, according to Xolani, their resemblance once led to him losing a job. He also stated that a movie featuring the two of them as siblings was possibly underway.

We don’t know if the actor is married or not as he hasn’t disclosed that information. However, it is suggested by some sources that he has children or at least 2 children. A son and a daughter. But, such sources are yet to be fully verified.

Career of Xolani Ncobeni

While most may only notice him from Uzalo or etv Scandal! His career has been around for more than 3 decades. He began as a musician when he moved to Johannesburg in 1999 to pursue music in Maskandi. The group he was part of was called, ehhashi’elimhlophe, in which he was to be its lead vocalist.

Sonyela X (right) played Siyanda on Durban Gen
Sonyela X (right) played Siyanda on Durban Gen

Afterwards, he appeared in a number of movies and TV shows. Including Uzalo, Durban Gen as Siyanda and now on etv’s Scandal as Uncle Dan. However, aside from acting, he has appeared in commercials like McDonald’s in 2020 and Census in 2021.

Other notable credits he has include Moja, Mbongeni, The prize of Njabulo and Mashonisa. He has also appeared in The long way Home, Mathabo, Yebo Mesisi as Phila and Rented Family and Spitjo.

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While his recorded height on star quality is 1.6m. Our experts suggest that the actor is actually around 1.72m upwards with a shoe size of 9. So, it’s very unlikely that he is 1.6m tall, as is evident on his screen appearances.

Social media

Xolani Ncobeni is on Facebook and Instagram. His username on Instagram is @xolanincobeni. However, he is more popular on Facebook with over 4.9k followers compared to his Instagram with a little over 2k, He uses his name Xolani Ncobeni on Facebook and shares most of his moments.


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