Cape Townian Actress Awethu Hleli full biography

Awethu Hleli is a South African actress from Cape Town. She was born between the years 1992 to 1996. So, she is between the ages 25-30. Furthermore, she is best known for her role in the South African Film Knuckle City as Nosisi. And in this article we will look into her life and work.

Biography Profile: Awethu Hleli

Awethu Hleli
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Full name: Awethu Hleli
Date of birth: 1992-1996 (25-30)
Place of birth: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Education: University of Cape Town
Height: 161cm
Occupation: Actress
Known for: Nosisi from Knuckle City
Net worth: Unknown
Nationality: South African

Early Life of Awethu Hleli

Hleli was born to a single mother in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Her childhood moniker, “Boomshaka,” was inspired by the classic ’90s pop band. Residents of Khayelitsha gave it to her in recognition of her star potential, which is now becoming a reality. Hleli was born to a single mother, thus she was accustomed to being in charge.

The UCT drama graduate shared how her big strides have now earned her the approval of her Khayelitsha counterparts. Who all agree that she has truly made her mark.

“I wake up every morning and realise that I’m living my dream. In all the craziness of this industry, I am still standing,” Hleli shares. She further shares how she believes her acting talent is a gift from the heavens and cannot treat it carelessly.

How it was like growing up in Khayelitsha

In Khayelitsha, where many of the moms on her neighborhood were drinkers, Hleli offers a bleak image of growing up. She also describes how gang-related rape, shootings, and deaths occurred every week. The sole high criterion of excellence was a matriculation certificate, and the air was filled with violence.

Her aspirations of becoming famous one day were shaped by the neighborhood. Especially by a man who started the theatrical youth organization she was a part of and lived close to her grandmother’s house. Even though she was considerably younger than the other members. She was able to steal the show and even won every beauty pageant. Demonstrating that she was destined for greatness.


Awethu Hleli, who was born in Cape Town, received her Performers Diploma in Theatre and Performance in 2014 after graduating first in her acting class at the University of Cape Town. She has a long history in the performing arts and has played prominent roles on renowned stages in Cape Town and Johannesburg in both Shakespearean and original plays.

Career Summary:

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She has performed in numerous plays, including Twelfth Night at Maynardville as “Viola.” Playing the part of Goth Prince Demetrius in Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare. Furthermore, he received praise shortly after for her work in Geoffrey Hylands’ stirring production of Wounds to the Face.

She has collaborated with renowned authors and directors. Such as Mike Van Graan (Mellon Foundation Sketches), Pamela Nomvete (Another One’s Bread), and Koleka Putuma (Mbuzeni), all of whom have emphasized her acting range. Moreover, Hleli performed in Germany’s Westwind Festival and Schone Ausssicht Festival while on tour with the “Mbuzeni” company abroad (Cologne). Performed shortly after that in Scotland’s famous Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (2018).

TV and others

She made her debut on television in the second season of the SABC 1 series When We Were Black. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Khalo Matabane, in 2014. Hleli was subsequently discovered by Layla Swart and Jahmil Qubeka and cast in her first feature film, Knuckle City (2018). Which opened the 40th Durban International Film Festival. And, was chosen as the South African entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

She played the rebellious daughter of a professional boxer in the movie. It received six SAFTA awards and was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. Soon after, in 2019, she received a lead role in another feature film named Valedictory from the same Producer and Director (Yellowbone Entertainment), which she calls “one of my defining moments.”

Height of Awethu Hleli

According to her agency Hleli is only 161cm tall. Or in the american metric system 5’28”. In meters about 1.61m. Which we believe is her unbilled height.

Net worth

As a very new face in the industry. There is no data on her net worth for now. However, when such data becomes available. We will update this section.

Social media presence

She is on twitter and Instagram. On Instagram she uses the username of @awethu_hleli and on her twitter, @Awethu_Hleli. Moreover, she is also on Facebook as Awethu Hleli.

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