Nothando Ngcobo biography – Hlelo on Uzalo

Nothando Ngcobo, born on 1 November 1994 , is a 27 year-old South African actress best known for her role of Hlelo on Uzalo: Blood Is Forever which plays on SABC 1.

Biography Profile

Nothando Ngcobo aka Hlelo on Uzalo SABC 1
Image N’thando Ngcobo aka Hlelo on Uzalo SABC 1.

Full name: Nothando Ngcobo
Gender: Female
Date of birth: 1 November 1994
Age: 27 years old
From: Kempton Park, Gauteng Province
Nationality: South African
Height: 1.56m (156cm)
Occupation: Actress
Known as: Hlelo on Uzalo SABC 1
Languages: English and IsiZulu
Social media
Instagram: @nothandongcobo
Twitter: @nothando__ngc

Personal life of Nothando

Nothando Ngcobo in real life!
Image of Hlelo or Nothando in real life.

Nothando Ngcobo was born on 1 November 1994. She was born and raised in Hammarsdale, Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. Nothando always wanted to become an actor since she was a child. In 2014 she relocated to Johannesburg to pursue her studies and career. She received acting training from The Market Theatre in South Africa and completed her course in 2017. Her religious views are of Christianity and always thanks God whenever she reaches a milestone. When she landed a role on Uzalo she was grateful to God and to her mother for being supportive.

In a statement she titled Speeeech she said, “Glory be to the most High God and my guides. To my mommy, I love you! From the time I was a little girl you have always encouraged me to go for everything I want. Thank you for taking me to that first audition.”

Acting Career of Nothando Ngcobo

Nothando Ngcobo - Hlelo from Uzalo
Image of Nothando Ngcobo – Hlelolwenkosi from Uzalo.

Nothando started her acting career during training in theatres. She made her debut appearance on television when she appeared as an extra on Mzansi Magic drama, Isibaya and Daily Sun movie, My 4-5 Just Sleeps. And her debut on films when she was featured on a film called The Swallow Falls On in 2017. The film was shoot while she was still doing her theatre training and she was even nominated for Simon Sabela Awards for Best New Comer In Film alongside Xolile Gumede, Zikhona Mkhize and Ayanda Ngoma. In 2021 she landed her first lead role on a film called One Time Pin by KZN films and Inbox images. She later won the Best Actress In A TV Movie Award at Rustenburg Film Festival in November 2021.

Again in 2021 she landed two television roles. She landed a role of acting as Prudence Thabethe on Lingashoni season 1 by Stained Glass TV which airs on DSTV’s 1Magic. And she also portrays Hlelo on Uzalo: Blood Is Forever which airs on SABC 1 Monday to Friday at 8:30 PM. She made her debut appearance as Hlelolwenkosi Khawula on Uzalo season 7 on the 20th of August 2021. ¹ Hlelo Khawula is a wounded girl who has traversed challenges that has given her a thick skin. Nothando has also been doing movies that will be playing at The Silicon Valley African Film Festival in California, USA.

Nothando a Victim of Abuse

Ngcobo has been a victim of child abuse. So acting as Hlelo who has been abused is not easy since this brings back bad memories of her childhood. But for the sake of the achieving her dream she had to sacrifice and portray Hlelo. In Uzalo, Hlelo represents a broken soul, who moved from the harsh conditions of the streets to a victim of domestic abuse.

Awards and Nominations

  • 2021- Best Actress In A TV Movie award for One Time Pin at Rustenburg Film Festival
  • 2017- Nominee for Simon Sabela Awards for Best New Comer In Film of The Swallow Falls



Tv series – character – season

Lingashoni – Prudence Thabethe – season 1

Uzalo – Hlelo – Season 7


Film – Character – Year

The Swallow Falls On – unknown – 2017

One Time Pin – Pretty Manzi – 2021