Kgomotso Christopher Biography: Age, Education, Family, Career, Scandal Exit, Awards, Brand Endorsement, Controversy

One of South Africa's renowned actresses loved by many.

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Kgomotso Christopher is one of South Africa's best actresses and voice over artists. She also best known for her time in Isidingo as Katlego Sibeko

Her many TV appearances were the reason the audience fell in love with the actress, especially when she was still on the show Scandal.

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Here's how Kgomotso rose to fame. 

Kgomotso Christopher Age

Kgomotso Christopher was born on the 25th of May 1979. She is 41-years-old.

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Kgomotso Christopher Education

Kgomotso studied for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Politics at the University of Cape Town.

Due to her good grades she was awarded the Jules Kramer Award for Fine Arts when she graduated.

In 2004, Kgomotso graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts at Columbia University in New York City.

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Kgomotso Christopher Family

Kgomotso is married to Calvin Christopher who has been her husband for over a decade. The couple got married in 2004.

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Kgomotso revealed that her husband was her varsity sweetheart as they met in her first year at a fresher's bash and have been together ever since.

“I met him in varsity, first year, first week, fresher's bash. He was an exchange student from Princeton University in the states at the time...met there, and how many years later? I’m not even counting. 

They have a daughter named Larona Lehakwe Christopher and a son Lesika Liatile Chritopher.

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Kgomotso expressed how challenging life can be when it comes to having a balance between her career and duties as a wife. 

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"I'm blessed regardless of the challenges we've had, we support each other on so many levels - we put each other's growth first."

Kgomotso and Christopher are in a long-distance marriage since her husband has been offered a full-time job to work in Dubai. She shared that they travel to Dubai to be with her husband,

"What that has afforded for our family, is opening the world to us. Travel has become part of our lives. During school holidays we go to Dubai. My husband is an amazing dad and when he's around, he makes sure he's completely involved."

Kgomotso Christopher Career

Kgomotso is an actress whose first appearance on television was as a guest actress on the series Madam & Eve.

She also appeared on SOS, Backstage, and Moferefere Lenyalong. From thereon, producers were aware of her prowess as an actress and she started getting called up for upcoming projects.

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Kgomotso also starred on theatre plays such as Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet and Dr Faustus.

The actress joined then joined Scandal in 2016 after leaving Isidingo

In 2018, Kgomotso shocked most of her fans and the users of the network provider, MTN - after she revealed on Instagram that she is the voice behind MTN's Interactive Voice Response system. She did a live video which showed her in action as a voice-over artist.

The lady who tells you that you have insufficient funds to make this call is our very own Kgomotso. What was shocking is that she had been doing this voice-over gig for a whole six years and no one would have guessed.

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In 2018 she was also appointed as Chair Of the Naledi Theatre Awards Board. The Naledi Theatre is one of the biggest Arts awards in South Africa which recognize and rewards those in the Arts sector.

Kgomotso went on to add that as she had taken up the role and working alongside the CEO she was determined to grow the brand even further than it already had with its annual event.

"Working together with the CEO of the Naledi Awards, Dawn Lindberg, and the highly esteemed Board; I have no doubt we will enhance The Naledi Awards and ensure their continued growth. The Naledi's will continue to celebrate and reward excellence in the Arts. Our vision is to ultimately expand the footprint of The Naledi's, for it to make an impact in the Arts sector, beyond the annual awarding event."

In 2019, she starred in one of the greatest productions, Zulu Wedding which had a great reception from the viewers.

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Kgomotso announced in 2020 that she will be apart of M-Net's upcoming original telenovela Legacy.

Legacy is scheduled to debut in September and features an all-star cast, former Isidingo villain Michelle Botes, Golden Horn Award winner for Best Supporting Actress Mary Anne Barlows, Anton Jeftha and Deon Lotz have been announced as part of the cast.

The actress will portray the role of Dineo, the wife of Sebastian Price who has built an upmarket investment empire and is getting ready to retire and a family member has to take his position, but who will it be?

Kgomotso Christopher Scandal Exit

Kgomotso opened up about her exit from the soapie "Scandal", in 2020. She departed from the TV show after being there for four years. The viewers of the show, who have grown to love her character on Scandal didn't take the news too well.

The name of the character she played on Scandal was Yvonne Thebe.

The actress shared a picture of herself on the set of Scandal, finally signing out. As hugs and kissing have been prohibited on many SA's TV shows, the actress was showered with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

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Kgomotso Christopher Awards & Nominations

Kgomotso Christer who is a loving mother, a wife and amongst other things a true thespian who has worn many character sleeves in the industry and appearing on many TV shows.

Her time on the big screen has allowed her to be nominated and awarded for some awards:

2014 - Best Actress at the You Spectacular Awards
2019 - Golden Horn Award for Best Actress in a TV Soap
2020 - Best Actress in a TV Soap at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas)

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Kgomotso Christopher Brand Endorsement

Kgomotso Christopher announced her collaboration with Nivea South Africa and this saw a plethora of her fellow celebrities who showered her with love and congratulatory messages.

"Had a chance to test out Nivea's revamped Q10 range! Day 13 of lockdown with these products, I can honestly say my skin is looking fresh, radiant and Zoom-ready, everyday,"
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Kgomotso Christopher Controversy

eTV Scandal! actress, Kgomotso Christopher revealed in 2018 that the SABC still owed her 5-year-old residuals from her time on Isidingo. Other entertainment industry practitioners such as Portia Gumede, Phil Mphela and Phathu Makwarela have weighed in on the matter.

Florence Masebe, responded, stating that the SABC should perhaps take a leaf out of eTV's book as they have a payment system in place that works. The actors also revealed that that the SABC still had not updated policies to account for revenue drawn from other income streams on various broadcasting platforms or devices. 

Kgomotso Christopher has taken a comedic approach to deny ever being offered a role on the show. The actress first shared a fake report which claimed that she had failed to honour her contract, due to Ferguson Films denying to adhere to a clause she had stipulated. 

The far-fetched article went as far as to allocate Kgomotso with a character and storyline and detailed that the supposed clause stipulated that the production company protect her from unfair treatment imposed on her ex. 

To which she responded with, “Fake news” and a laughing face.

"I didn't shoot. I didn't have a contract and my apparent bosses Connie and Shona who fired me don't even know they even hired me in the first place. Kumnandi e Sattafrika."

In her response, she spoke about her time coming to an end with Scandal; but never mentioned anything about The Queen,
"As my last day in YV's shoes approaches, I can't help but reminisce about the thrill ride it's been to navigate this gem of a character, gifted to me by the dedicated and talented Scandal! writers. Scandal! will always hold a special place in my heart because through the efforts, talents, and love of the cast and crew."

Kgpmotso managed to find a balance between her work and parenthood. We can only wonder what other projects she is working on. 

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