The Wife is a Showmax original series, the first of a kind, that began airing in November 2021 and quickly became a viewers’ favourite because of its storyline, characters, and cast.
The show is based on Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling novel Hlomu The Wife and is currently in its second season.
Here is a look at The Wife’s cast who bring the telenovela drama to life. We will discuss their real names, real ages and other projects they’ve been involved in.
1. Mbalenhle Mavimbela from The wife
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The leading role of Hlomu in The Wife is played by the lovely and talented Mbalenhle Mavimbela. Hlomu is a young investigative journalist who falls in love with a taxi driver.
Born in January 1997, the actress who is only 25 years old as of 2022 has at a young age already made a mark for herself in the film industry and besides playing Hlomu The Wife, she has also appeared in other popular shows including e.TV’s Isipho as Tandzile, Skeem Saam as Nothile and Durban Gen as Nthandi.
2. Kay Sibiya from The wife
Sandile is a doctor on The Wife and is Hlomu’s unhappy fiance. Hlomu was living under the same roof as Sandile when she met Mqhele.
The role of Sandile is played by Khumbulani “Kay” Sibiya. The handsome television heartthrob was born in 1988 in Durban and has had roles on popular series like Imbewu, Generations and Uzalo. So, he’s 34 years old as of 2022.
Kay Sibiya is in a relationship with a DJ/makeup artist Judie Kama and together they have a beautiful daughter. 
3. Kabelo Moalusi
Lux is the Editor in Chief in Hlomu’s office as well as her boss. He is very dedicated to his job and not the most likable person in the office.
The role of lux is played by Kabelol Moalusi who has also made an appearance on other shows including The Queen, Generations, and The Throne.
Kabelo Moalusi was born in 1984 in Kagiso, Gauteng and has a twin called Keabetswe. As of 2022, Moalusi is 38 years old of age.
4. Thuli Phongolo
Also known as Thuli P, Thulisile Phongolo plays the role of Hlomu’s colleague and friend- Lerato in The Wife.
Thuli P is 28-years old of age. She has had roles in Generations: The Legacy, and Rockville. She is also a deejay.
Although this gorgeous actress has been time and again linked to DJ Maphorisa and the internet widely believes that the two are an item, Thuli P has denied all the allegations. 
5. Abdul Khoza
In The Wife, the talented Abdul Khoza brings the character of Nqoba alive and his performance on the show as the rash brother has been described by some as perfect casting.
Abdul Khoza is a SAFTA winner who has had roles in shows like Kings of Joburg and Isibiya. Besides acting, Abdul is also a writer, a musician, a martial artist, a stunt coordinator and an MC.
Abdul Khoza was born on 14 August 1987 in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, to parents Stanley Khoza (father), Lindiwe Khoza (mother). So, he’s only 35 years old as of 2022.
6. Khanyi Mbau from The wife
In season two of The Wife, viewers are introduced to Nkosana’s wife- Zandile, The Resolute who is also the matriarch of the Zulu family who served us with a few steamy scenes.
The role of Zandile is played so flawlessly by the talented Khanyi Mbau. Khanyi is a household name in South Africa’s entertainment industry. The beautiful and controversial mother of one has had a number of leading roles in several shows including Netflix’s Young, Famous, and African.
Khanyisile Mbau, popularly known as Khanyi Mbau, was born on 15 October 1985 in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to Lynette Sisi Mbau, a financial officer at Barclays Bank, and Menzi Mcunu, a businessman. As of 2022 she is 37 years old of age.
7. Kwenzo Ngcobo
Qhawe is the sweetest of the Zulu brothers and he is also the strategist in the family. He is the first one to spot and fall in love with Hlomu but doesn’t make a move on her.
Qhawe’s character is played by Kwenzo Ngcobo who is known for his roles on Freedom Street, Saloon, and Room 33, but his major breakout role was on The Wife.
It is unknown exactly how old the character Qhawe Zulu is on the show itself, much like the actor who plays the role. It is roughly estimated by briefly SA that Kwenzo Ngcobo’s age as of April 2022 is 32. The actor has never confirmed Kwenzo Ngcobo’s date of birth. Under this assumption, we can guess that Kwenzo Ngcobo’s age in 2021 was 31 years old.
8. Mondli Makhoba from The wife
Nkosana is the eldest of the Zulu brothers on The Wife who becomes the head of the family after their parents are killed.
The role of Nkosana is played by Mondlu Makhoba who has appeared in a number of shows and films including Umkhokha and Imbewu. Mondli has done a number of theatre shows in Australia and England. He has appeared in local and international productions such as, Generations The Legacy, Isithwmbiao, uZalo, Imbewu, eHostela, Easy Money and Roots. His actual age however is hidden but according to his agency MLSA, he is 41 years old.
9. Bonkho Khoza
Mqhele is one of the Zulu brothers in The Wife. He comes off as a loving family man but he has a different side of him that you wouldn’t want to be up against especially if you are in the way of what he wants.
The role of Mqhele is played by the talented Bonko Khoza who was also in the Emmy-nominated show Roots and Professionals.
While his actual day and month remain unknown. It is known that Khoza was born in 1991. Making him 31 years old as of 2022. He spent his most of his childhood days in Johannesburg, South Africa. And for him, his love for art, especially drama and live performance, could be traced back to his years as a teenager.
10. Linda Majola from The wife
In The Wife, Lindah Majola plays the role of Hlomu’s fun twin brother- Langa who is always there to pick up Hlomu when things go wrong for her.
Lindah Majola is a Tik Tok star and an aspiring restauranteur who is also openly gay. The actor who is only 25-year-old said the role in The Wife was his big acting break. However, things weren’t always greener. The star, who used to work on his food trailer, now portrays the character of Langa in the Showmax telenovela.
He took to Twitter and posted a pic of himself posing next to his trailer. And revealed that prior to His big break on the wife he had been working in his food trailer and was an aspiring restauranteur. Well, he still is. He was also a major tik toker. The now most loved actor is only 25 years old of age.