Nyaniso Dzedze is a 35-year-old South African actor, choreographer and dancer. He is popularly known for playing a starring role as Tsietsi Namane, the eldest son of the Namanes who happens to be their favourite son, in the e.tv telenovela Ashes to Ashes.
He also appeared in Generations season 1 as Luzuko. In December 2021 he joined Durban Gen to play another starring role of Dr Sipho Dlomo making his debut appearance in January 2022. One thing most people don’t know about Nyaniso Dzedze is that he is married to a German white woman by the name of Yana.
Full name: Nyaniso Ntsikelelo Dzedze
Date of birth: September 13, 1986 (age- 35 years old)
Place of birth: Johannesburg, Gauteng Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actor, Choreographer, Dancer
TV Shows: Ashes to Ashes, Durban Gen, Generations
Height: 1.67m (167cm)
Spouse: Yana Seidl Dzedze (m-2018)
Languages: English, Xhosa, Zulu.
Early life of Nyaniso Ntsikelelo Dzedze
Nyaniso Ntsikelelo Dzedze was born on September 13, 1986 in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province in South Africa. He was raised in Johannesburg. Growing up in Johannesburg Nyaniso had no idea what he wanted to study for when he finishes high school. But his history teacher encouraged him to join a drama version of Grease in high school. He excelled and from then onward, Nyaniso knew that he wanted to become an actor.
“I was encouraged by my history teacher to do Grease. Then I just fell in love with acting, holistically. From then on I just knew that I was going to study drama,” he said.
Education of Nyaniso Dzedze
After finishing his matric studies at one of the accredited schools in South Africa, Dzedze enrolled at Wits School of Arts in 2006. He graduated with a BADA Degree from Wits School of Arts in 2009 specialising in acting and physical theatre. After that he did a one-year internship at the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaboration (FACT) and in 2011 trained with Gregory Maqoma at Vuyani Dance Theatre.
Acting career of Nyaniso Dzedze
Dzedze started his acting career between 2010 and 2012. He played in several theatre plays including Uhami Aji (directed by Thabo Rapoo and Nthati Moshesh), Wounded Bull (directed by Thato Cele), Notes to Beverley (directed by Khutjo Bakunzi) and Thirst (directed by James Ngcobo). He also appeared in several dance theatre productions including Unknown Equations, Reach Our Soul (directed by Yann Lheureux), Closer Apart (directed by Mlindelwa Mahlangu) and Façade (directed by Baily Snyman). [ ¹]
In 2015 he made his television debut when he landed his first television starring role as Tsietsi Namane in Ashes to Ashes. Tsietsi was the eldest son of the Namanes who happens to be their favourite son, in the e.tv telenovela Ashes to Ashes. After that he played Luzuko in SABC1 soapie Generations and played Luther on South Africa’s well loved TV show, High Rollers. [ ²]
His other television serial roles include playing Gift in Rhythm City, as Bongani in Unmarried season one and two, as Ntja in Keeping Score, MJ in iKhaya and as Odyn in Binnelanders Season 14. In December 2021 he joined Durban Gen to play another starring role as Dr Sipho Dlomo making his debut appearance in January 2022.
Films where Nyaniso Dzedze starred
Dzedze appeared in several films since the beginning of his career. In 2014 he made his debut appearance in the film industry when he starred as Muzi in dancing drama film Here Me Move alongside Mbuso Kgarebe and Wandile Molebatsi. [ ³]
In 2020 he starred as David in Feminine Lotus and played a starring role as Adult Simba in Beyonce’s Disney Film, ‘Black Is King’. In 2021 he played another starring role as Brian in One Night Kwa Mxolisi directed by Sisanda Henna.
Nominations and Awards
AMAA Award nominated actor.
Personal life of Nyaniso Dzedze
Nyaniso Dzedze is married to a German white woman Yana Seidl Dzedze. The couple tied a knot in 2018. In 2021 the couple were blessed with a baby and were talking about how they want their child to be of resemble both their cultures.
“We have been accommodating of each other’s differences, but one thing she has given me is the openness to want to honour my culture, and one thing I have given her is the same thing. When we have kids, I want them to know German-English culture and language and also know English and Xhosa culture,” Nyaniso said in an Instagram Live.
Nyaniso also spoke about how people were not comfortable about their interracial marriage. He started by noticing white people who resented their relationship then he realized that there were other black people who had the same issue. [ ⁴]
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