Male Models turned actors - part 1

A look at models who made the transition from the runway to the small screen 

By  | Dec 05, 2018, 07:57 PM

Male Models turned actors - part 1

There’s a reason why some of the latest actors on TV’s dramas and adverts are so damn fine. They used to be models! And if you’ve got a good memory, you will remember having seen some of these faces either strutting down a runway, wowing in a fashion spread in your favorite magazine or as the yummy guy from your favorite ad.

Jesse Suntele 

Jesse Suntele

Suntele, who played Constable Tuelo Tladi on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen has played the role of an extra more times than we can remember before he went on to win the second season of the BET Show, Top Actor Africa. 

In fact, he was supposed to star opposite fellow Top Actor Africa winner, Altovise Lawrence in the rom-com, Love by Chance but couldn’t find the time to fulfill his existing contract obligations and shoot scenes for the film at the same time. The lead role of Xolani/Chance ended up going to Atandwa “Prince of Theatre” Kani

Thabang Molaba 

Although his debut as Gift Mabuza is his first big acting role, the fact that Molaba is represented by Monyeen Lee and Associates (MLA) means that he has an illustrious career ahead of him. 

Drawing on the 40-year- experience of casting agent and acting rep Monyeen Lee, MLA is home to the likes of Akin Omotoso, Fana Mokoena, Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Vuyo Dabula, Jaimie Bartlett, Pallance Dladla, Leleti Khumalo Xolile Tshabalala, Makgotoso M, Zola Nombona and more. 

Molaba is in good company! 

Tino Chinyani 

Tino Chinyani // @nhlanhla1802

Although Chinyani’s acting debut is not as major as that of his peers, his rise to fame has seen him take on more a presenting role than an acting one. Regardless, he has featured on shows like eTv’s Broken Vows. 

He can now be seen every Saturday morning on Channel O’s Top 5 Drive alongside Denise Zimba. 

Lantei Bannerman 

Lantei Bannerman

You may not know the name but you certainly know the face. He’s the guy on the DSTV ad who would have just stayed home instead of meeting up with Tiny and Bumba at the Shisanyama. 

Kagiso Rathebe

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Lastly, we have Kagiso Rathebe who is more popularly known as Elam, the role he had in Generations where he helped Wandi through her sexual identity realization and the transition that followed. 

He also played/plays the role of Oros Mampofu’s character’s boyfriend on the Mzansi Magic/Ferguson Films drama, Igazi. 

And if all that still doesn’t refresh your memory, then that epic kiss that the pair shared should kickstart your memory. 

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