Swelihle Luthuli biography, age, career

Swelihle Luthuli who was born on 11 November 1996, is a 25-year-old South African actor and Voice Artist. He is best known for playing Ntsika on Show – Max telenovela The Wife which is based on Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling novel Hlomu the Wife.

Biography Facts

Image of Swelihle Ralph Luthuli as Ntsika from The Wife
Image of Swelihle Ralph Luthuli as Ntsika from The Wife.

Full name: Swelihle Ralph Luthuli
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 11 November 1996 (age- 25)
Place of birth: Adams Mission, Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province
Occupation: Actor, Voice-Over artist
TV Shows: eHostela, The Wife
Years Active: 2019 to present

Early life of Swelihle Luthuli

Where and when was Swelihle Luthuli born?

Swelihle Ralph Luthuli was born on 11 November 1996 in a small town of Adams Mission, Durban in KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa. This is where he grew up and attended his primary school and High school and eventually obtained his matric. Growing up Swelihle never dreamt of becoming an actor or joining entertainment industry but today he is an actor. [ ¹]

So How did he choose acting as a career?

Swelihle heard of eHostela auditions and also that the requirements to join the auditions was your presence and your aspiration to act. So Lihle joined the auditions and he landed a role on eHostela and that marked the beginning of his career.

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Acting career of Swelihle Luthuli

Image of Swelihle Ralph Luthuli with Thulani Shange as Ntsika from The Wife
Image of Swelihle Ralph Luthuli with Thulani Shange from The Wife.

Swelihle made his acting debut in 2019 on Mzansi Magic drama eHostela playing the role of Juba. The drama was produced by Stained Glass Productions and directed by Mthunzi Dubazana and Thuli Zuma.

The following year in 2020 he landed another role on international screens as General Justice Gizenga Mpanza on London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid starred by Bethany Bill and Andy Burse. The film as its subtitle suggests, was based on The story of the Londoners recruited to be freedom fighters during the South African apartheid during the 1960s. [ ²]

In 2021 he landed the role of playing Ntsika on Showmax telenovela The Wife playing alongside Ishmauel Songo and Thulani Shange. The telenovela was on based on Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling novel Hlomu the Wife and is starred by Mbalenhle Mavimbela as Hlomu and  Bonko Khoza as her husband.

His role on The Wife

On The Wife Swelihle Ralph plays Ntsika alongside Ishmauel Songo. These younger brothers are often sent on errands by Nkosana and the older Zulu clan, who also do their best to protect their younger siblings from the criminal life that they have taken up for reasons as yet unrevealed to viewers.

Inevitably, The Youth Squad gets involved in the cash-in-transit heists that Nkosana, Nqoba, Mqhele, Qhawe and Sambulo have been pulling off, with disastrous consequences as they come under the beady eye of the law.

Personal life and social media

Swelihle is still single but we are not sure if he is seeing someone but keeping it a secret. The star lives in Durban but he is from Adams. He is on social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. His Instagram has got 23 thousand followers and his following is still to grow bigger.

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The video of Swelihle in an interview on Show Max about his role on its newly released telenovela called The Wife.