Celeste Khumalo is a 29-year-old South African actress and model. She was born on the 6th of November 1992 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is best known for playing a starring role as Bulelwa in SABC1 soapie drama Generations: The Legacy.
Her career in the entertainment industry began when she joined the beauty pageant and won Miss South Africa teen in 2011. Following that career milestone, Celeste joined Generations: the legacy, then The Queen in 2016 and starred in the Showmax original drama series The Girl from St Agnes.
Full name: Celeste Khumalo
Born: November 6, 1992 (age- 29), Johannesburg, Gauteng Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actress, Model, Brand Ambassador
TV Shows: Generations: the legacy, The Queen
Title: Miss South Africa Teen (2011)
Languages: English, Zulu
Mother: Nomsa Khumalo
Early life of Celeste Khumalo
Celeste Khumalo was born in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province in South Africa on 6 November 1992. Her mother is Nomsa Khumalo who raised her to be what she is today. Growing up in Joburg, Celeste developed interest in modeling and joined the beauty pageants in her local place. After that she competed for Miss South Africa teen pageant and was crowned in 2011.
Education of Celeste Khumalo
She obtained her basic education in her local place in Joburg. After that she attended Parktown High School for girls where she matriculated in 2011. Then after completing her matric, the following year she enrolled at IIE Varsity College and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Corporate Communications.
In 2017 she returned to school to further her studies and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree in 2018. [ ¹]
Career of Celeste Khumalo
After finishing her degree in 2014, Celeste developed interest in acting and began auditioning for television roles. With the help of her crown as Miss South Africa teen 2011, Celeste bagged a role to play Linda in Mzansi Magic drama series The Queen. When she made her debut appearance on The Queen, viewers were not hyped up by her character but when she came back after taking a break for while, she gain popularity as an actress.
“It took a long time for viewers to warm up to me when I first started playing Linda. But by the time I was summoned back to reprise her role before she was slain, I had gained some experience and confidence. After the character was killed, it was shown. People wanted to know why Linda died because they wanted to see me on their TVs again,” she said.
After leaving The Queen, Celeste joined Showmax original drama series The Girl from St Agnes where she played Kholwa. The drama was directed by Cindy Lee and Catharine Cooke. Then she appeared on record-breaking South African first Netflix original series Shadow.
She then added to her acting experience when she joined Generations: the legacy. In Generations: the legacy, Celeste plays the role of Bulelwa, a goal getter woman who makes her own money without relying on anyone but herself.
Celeste Khumalo is an entrepreneur
Apart from modelling and acting, Celeste is an entrepreneur and a businesswoman who is a goal getter. Republic Nails, a nail bar in Hatfield, Pretoria, was her first business, and she opened her second shop in Melville at the end of March 2016. She terminated both branches after a three-year run owing to employment changes and the necessity for self-development at the time.
Her mother Nomsa Khumalo and her co-own an interior design company called Matriarch Interiors. They co-founded the business in 2019 and had served only two clients by May 2020 but she was optimistic that it would grow. Celeste is also a brand ambassador for Pond’s and Woolworths.
Running community empowerment programs
She has been working on projects that she believes would assist inhabitants of the country in progressing towards a Better South Africa, having worked with various charitable groups and corporations to identify and address issues that deal with establishing a better society.
In a back-to-school drive in KwaZulu-Natal, she recently handed over school shoes and backpacks with former Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, to help and support poor youngsters in their scholastic journey.
She went to Mkomaas, a rural village in KZN, to find a school in need of renovations, particularly fundamental necessities like as refurbishing, ablution facilities, and early childhood development problems that obstruct or stop underprivileged children’s scholastic trip. She has since picked a school and began working with a non-governmental organisation to meet the school’s needs.
Work of activism by Celeste Khumalo
She marched in solidarity with the students of The University of Pretoria for the #FeesMustFall movements.
Fame and prominence
Celeste’s fame and prominence began when she was crowned Miss S.A teen pageant but she became more popular when she became an actress. In September 2019, she appeared as the Cover Star for Glamour Magazine South Africa adding to her already national wide popularity.
She is currently on a list of 100 powerful women from all sectors of the country for the Woman of Fortitude Campaign, which was inspired by Ma Albertina Sisulu and was commissioned for the first time to commemorate both her and Nelson Mandela’s centenaries. [ ²]
Personal life and boyfriend
After her role on The Queen was ended, she stepped out of the public eye because she had lost her uncle and her grandmother. The double death was a big blow to her family and a sharp learning curve for the young actress.
She is really free to talk to the public about her personal life except her relationship status. She might be seeing someone, her boyfriend to be specific, but because of the uncertainty of nowadays relationships she prefers to keep her love life private. [ ³]
Celeste enjoys travelling and has visited Thailand, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United States, as well as Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia. She enjoys visiting historical sites and learning about the cultures of the places she has been.