Sipho Manzini biography, wife, children, career

Sipho Manzini, born on 14 October 1964, is a 57-year-old South African actor well-known for playing the role of Mjekejeke on The Queen. His other television roles include the ones on Scandal, Muvhango and Isibaya.

Biography Facts

Image of Sipho Manzini aka Mjekejeke from The Queen
Image of Sipho Manzini aka Mjekejeke from The Queen.

Full name: Sipho Manzini
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 14 October 1964 (age- 57)
Place of birth: uMhlabuyalingana, KwaZulu Natal Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actor
TV Shows: Scandal, Muvhango, Isibaya
Spouse(s): Nhlanhla Manzini

Early life of Sipho Manzini

Sipho Manzini was born on 14 October 1964 in uMhlabuyalingana, KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa. He was introduced to the acting craft by a teacher from London while in high school. When he finished matric he left home for Johannesburg and got a job at metal company.

He worked at this company gathering funds to study Public Administration at Unisa. After graduating from Unisa, Sipho realized that all he wanted to do in life was to become an actor. So he started going to auditions and in 1988 he joined Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni to sharpen his acting skills. He is now a board member at this art center.

Education of Sipho Manzini

He attended Star of the Sea High School in uMhlabuyalingana where he was introduced to acting by a London teacher. After that he enrolled at Unisa (University of South Africa) to study Public Administration. In 1988 he sharpened his acting skills via Sibikwa Arts Centre.

Acting career of Sipho Manzini

Image of Sipho Manzini aka Mjekejeke from The Queen
Image of Mjekejeke from The Queen by Sipho.

His first Tv acting job was on SABC1’s Sokhulu & Partners. His role was to play Uncle Ntsiki in the third season. After that Sipho appeared on other television dramas such as Scandal, Muvhango and Isibaya.

One of his prominent roles was the role of the corrupt cop Diamond on Generations. Most people still call him by this name from his Generations’ character. He also played the role of Zachariah on Rhythm City and appeared on Ring of Lies as Sifiso.

In 2016 he landed a role on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen which revolves around the Khoza family, drug lords who hide their dealings behind their logistics company, and their conflicts with their competitors and the Tembisa Police Service.  On The Queen Sipho plays the role of a comical character Mjekejeke.

Personal life of Sipho Manzini

Sipho Manzini is married to his wife Nhlanhla Manzini. They’ve been married for more than 15 years now and his wife claims she has never seen Sipho angry.

“He’s a good man. I’m very grateful to God for him because not many women have what I have. He is friendly and down to earth and he doesn’t shout,” said Nhlanhla the wife of Sipho. [¹]

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Sipho has two children known so far by the media, Nhlosenhle and Lindokuhe. His younger son Nhlosenhle doesn’t like the attention that he receives for having a famous father but ironically he is interested in acting. And he is currently attending classes at Sibikwa Arts Centre where his father got the acting skills.

Sipho’s father died in tragic circumstances when Sipho was just three years old. He worked far away from home on the trains and he was poisoned and Sipho’s family do not know where he was buried.