Thulane Nkululeko Shange Biography: Fired From Uzalo, Age, Early Life, Career, Nomination, Philanthropy

The future looks bright for this young man.

By  | Jul 22, 2020, 02:28 PM  | Thulane Shange  | Top of The

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Thulane Nkululeko Shange is one of Mzansi's fast rising actors who have managed to grapple the viewers's attention with their on-screen presence.

Although Thulane has not been in the industry for that long, from his debut our television screens he's shown that acting was definitely a calling for him.

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From a young age, he wanted to be an actor and although he did not have it so easy in life, his hard work definitely paid off. 

Here's a look at his biography. 

Thulane Shange Fired From Uzalo


There can never be a fire if no smoke has been detected, however, it seems this time, the smoke has been detected.

It was reported that Uzalo actors were on the verge of departing the show after they complained about their low salaries, particularly Dawn Thandeka King and Siyabonga Shibe.

The two denied claims that they were leaving however it has been said that Thulane Shange and Sizwe Khumbuza have allegedly been shown the door.

Reports state that the actors have left the show and have not shot in a while however they will still appear for a few more episodes.

It is alleged that the actors were not seeing eye-to-eye with the Uzalo team as they were no longer in their good books.

Thulane Shange Age


He's one who is very private with his personal life and with that his exact date of birth is not known to the public. Thulane is only known to be 27 years of age.

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Thulane Shange Early Life


He was born in Pretoria but relocated to KZN later on. During an interview with ZAlebs, he had this to say;

“I was born in Pretoria but later on left the city, we had a few family struggles so I then had to go live in KZN for a while, basically I’ve been everywhere but after a while I then returned to Pretoria.”

Thulane also mentioned that his family at first didn’t quite understand why he wanted to be an actor and assumed that he only just wanted to clown around and not study.

Of course, when I began studying acting, it wasn’t easy, because the money that you have to pay for the course wasn’t easy as well. My family didn’t give me the money easy because they thought ‘No man you just want to be a clown, uyaphapha Thulane. There’s other things to do out there.’ But now, when they see me on TV then they started easing up on me, but basically it wasn’t easy at first for them.”

Thulane once admitted that he had a not so great relationship with his father who did not play a role in his life at all. In an interview with TshisaLIVE Thulane said "he was never really around."

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Thulani Shange Career


When we first got introduced to Thulane on iSthunzi, our immediate thoughts were ‘Hmm..this young man is such a breath of fresh air & with great talent as well.’

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When it comes to his career in acting, Thulane says he knew what he wanted to do when he completed matric.

“I kind of knew what I want to do but I wasn’t too sure, after matric I couldn’t find a school (varsity) so I thought to myself what was I going to do? Then I went to the State Theatre to learn acting and from there on that’s when I definitely knew that I wanted to be an actor. Acting was something that was planted in me, then it grew, from then on I started to love it more.”

He had his acting debut on Isthunzi and since he appeared on Mzansi's screens, Thulane has not disappointed. That’s what he holds onto to keep him going in the industry.

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Isthunzi was aired in 2016 and Thulane played the character Lwazi in the series.

Thulane also had an active role on the iNumber Number drama in 2017 which aired on Mzansi Magic. He played the role of Tony who got inspiration from his father who was a gangster as he felt that is the way a man can gain respect in society.

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Thulane also had the role where he played a witchdoctor in a drama series titled Ifalakhe.

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In 2018, Thulane featured in Ikani. In that same year, Thulane also starred in Mzansi Magic's drama titled iKhaya. The drama explored the theme of secrets, truth versus lies and the extreme measures one would take in the name of love for his family. iKhaya followed the story of a man whose circumstances threatened to put his world in turmoil when a secret he had maintained was on the verge of coming out.

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Produced by UrbanBrew, iKhaya was set against the backdrop of Daveyton and the rural village of Ga-Modjadji, Limpopo where the tangled web of deceit starts to unwind.

“As Mzansi Magic, we want to tell stories that are authentic and challenge our viewers while creating meaningful conversations. We believe iKhaya is a compelling and captivating story that the audiences will appreciate”  said, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net, Reneilwe Sema, in a statement.

That was not the end of Thulane's road to success. In March 2020, Thulane joined the popular series, Uzalo as Mmalambo's long lost son.

"My character comes across as a polite, respectful and trustworthy person. He never raises his voice when he speaks, not even when he is angry. He is a dangerous man who victimises everyone. MaNgcobo (Dawn Thandeka King) is one of his many victims." he said.

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Apart from iSthunzi Thulane is also an up and coming theatre actor as well and he had the opportunity to perform in a play called Ukukhanya.

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Thulane Shange Nomination


When he went for his first audition, Thulane Shange caught everyone's attention with his acting prowess and over the number of years he's appeared in some of the country's productions.

He has also received the recognition that he deserves and surely more are coming.

2019 - Best Supporting Actor for the TV Drama Isthunzi at the South African Film and Television Awards

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Thulane Shange Phialnthropy


Thulane is part of a theatre organization called Nokhukhanya that goes to schools to teach children about the social issues in society.

They want the kids to be able to approach life in a positive way and they teach them how to deal with matters that affect them directly and indirectly.

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Thulane's future in the acting industry looks very bright and fans cannot wait to see what his next project will be.

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