Chiedza Mhende biography


Chiedza Mhende, born on 19 October 1991 (age 31 years old), is Zimbabwean-born South African actress best known for playing Wandile Radebe on Generations: The Legacy, she has appeared on quite a number of theatre productions and television shows.

Biography Profile

Chiedza Chi Mhende who plays Wandile Radebe on Generations
Image of Chiedza Chi Mhende who plays Wandile Radebe on Generations

Full Name: Charlene Chiedza Kudzai Mhende
Date of birth: 19 October 1991
Age: 31 years old
Place of Birth: Harare, Zimbabwe
Occupation: Actress, director and Voice over artist
Known as: Wandile Radebe on Generations
Nicknamed: Chi
Height: 1.76m
Nationality: Zimbabwean

Early life

Where was Chiedza Mhende born and raised?

Chiedza Mhende Chi Mhende as Wandile on Generations the Legacy
Chi Mhende as a child doing her first commercial work of advert

Chiedza Mhende born on 19 October 1991 in Harare, Zimbabwe as Charlene Chiedza Kudzai Mhende. She grew up in Harare and attended her school there. Growing up she was part of a school drama club. She wanted to be a doctor but discovered at eleven that she liked theatre more.

Education of Chiedza

Chiedza Mhende is a product of the formal education of Harare Catholic school, The Dominican Convent, and informally the sweet product of the enlightened souls of parents Chester and Marry Anne. She is also an AFDA graduate, she achieved this after moving to Cape town in 2006.


Chi Mhende at Generations the Legacy as Wandile Radebe
Chi Mhende at Generations the Legacy as Wandile Radebe

Before coming to fame, Chiedza worked extensively in the theater having performed in leading Shakespearen roles in the Cape Town as well as in drama therapy as an art practitioner for the Zakheni Art Foundation. The tv star has appeared on international television shows such as Homeland, Mad dogs and Dominion. In 2010 she played the role of Lady Capulet in an Artscape production of “Romeo and Juliet” as her professional debut.

She has also featured in other theatre productions like K. Sello Duiker’s “The Quiet Violence of Dreams”, J.M. Coetzee’s “Waiting for the Barbarians”. The star was also “Titania” in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which was performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in July 2012.  She also played in “Taming of the Shrew”, “The Comedy of Errors” and “Richard III”. ¹ In 2015 she landed a role on SABC 1 Generations: The Lagacy as Wandile Radebe. Her role came with lot of controversy as a female character who was playing a male character but was later revealed as a transgender in the year 2016.

Did Chiedza ever won awards?

Chi Mhende won awards and she is nominee
Chi Mhende won awards and she is nominee

In 2014 Chiedza was awarded the Best Actress Award at the Durban International Film Festival for her leading role in her Capetownian feature film “Love the one you love” directed by Jenna Bass. This role also made her to be nominated at the African Movie Academic Award for Promising Young Artist. ²


Generations  (TV series 2009)

The Tunnel  (short film 2010)

Love The One You Love (film 2014)

Bridging Waters  (TV mini-series documentary 2014)

Homeland (TV series 2014)

Scribblings (short film 2014)

Siyaya Come Wild With Us (TV series documentary 2015)

Lazy Susan (short film 2015)

Jamillah and Aladdin (TV series 2015)

Detour (TV series 2016)

Queen Sono (TV series 2020)