Actress / Presenter / Author
Known for her reputable work in film and television, Soweto-born Actress, Businesswoman, and Media Personality, Bonnie Mbuli, continues to blaze trails as an inspiring role model. She first won the hearts of South Africans at the tender age of 13-years-old when she was cast on a television series titled Viva Families. Mbuli went on to grace the screens of multiple local and international productions, but it was her lead role in the hit soapie, Backstage, that placed her in the forefront and later went on to play Portia in the popular series Gazlam.
Bonnie’s career in film continued to grow exponentially in the years to come. She was cast in the ground-breaking series, The Philanthropist for NBC – a prime time American drama. She also played Zindzi Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s film, Invictus about Nelson Mandela, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. But it was in 2012 when Mbuli expanded her reach and established herself as a best-selling Author of her autobiography, Eyebags & Dimples. This tremendously candid book recalls the intricate journey that her life has taken her on and has gone to inspire many South African women.
“I’m really proud of my book, Eyebags and Dimples, not only is it a national best seller, it has become an important landmark in the mental health conversation.”
Today, Bonnie’s influence spans far beyond South Africa: she is said to possess a ‘talent reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’ by the New York Times. As a Presenter on one of the country’s most watched television shows, Afternoon Express, Mbuli’s elegance and ethereal personality has established her as the quintessential soul-sister. She is currently a Brand Ambassador for leading dermo-cosmetic brand, Avene, and a radio host on Cape Town-based radio station, Cape Talk. Renowned for her eclectic personal style and love for natural hair, one cannot ignore the drive and tenacity that Bonnie injects into every opportunity that comes her way.