Siv Ngesi is a South African actor, comedian, presenter, and producer. He is well known for his work on several television shows and films.
Siv Ngesi Biography
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Ngesi was born on 18th October 1985 in Gugulethu, east of Cape Town to a Xhosa family. He has three siblings and was raised in Gugulethu before his family moved to Langa and later Pinelands. His mother Jacqueline worked as a school principal. Ngesi lost his father in a car accident in 2004.
Ngesi attended Pinelands High School and later trained at the Waterfront Theatre School and Jazzart Dance Theatre.
Siv Ngesi Career
Siv Ngesi started his acting career as a child, portraying Gavroche in Les Misérables on tour in Asia. He also featured in a piece from the musical for Nelson Mandela. Ngesi started his television appearance in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Zenon: Z3” and then in a feature film “The World Unseen”. Ngesi starred in 24: Redemption. He also played minor roles in the Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar biopic Invictus.
Ngesi started a one-man comedy show DeKaf for three years at the National Arts Festival before taking the show on a national tour. He featured alongside Rob van Vuuren in the 2012 crime comedy film Copposites. Later, Ngesi, van Vuuren, and Danielle Bischoff created the children’s book series Florence & Watson as well as its accompanying stage show.
Siv Ngesi competed with his dance partner Marcella Solimeo in the seventh season of Strictly Come Dancing, coming fifth in the competition in 2014.
In 2015, the actor started hosting the magazine show The Man Cave and in 2016, he started hosting and producing the reality cooking competition show Jou Ma se Chef.
Siv Ngesi played a recurring role in the third season of the Starz historical adventure series Black Sails. In 2017, he produced 14 shows at the National Arts Festival. He created and started performing under the drag persona Sivanna in 2021. He hosted the Cape Town Drag Brunch that year.
Ngesi joined the cast of the Showmax comedy Tali’s Baby Diary for its second season and also the Netflix drama Jiva.
It was announced in January 2022 that Ngesi will be joining the cast of the new film The Woman King directed by Gina Prince Bythewood and produced by Viola Davis.
Sivuyile Ngesi Movies and TV Shows
Ngesi has been featured in the television series and films listed below;
2004: Zenon: Z3
2007: The World Unseen
2008: 24: Redemption
2009: Albert Schweitzer
2010: Christmas in South Africa
2010: League of Glory
2011: Verschollen am Kap
2012: Auf der Spur des Löwen
2012: S.I.E.S. Ike Molefe
2013: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
2014: Strictly Come Dancing
2015–present: The Man Cave
2016: Jou Ma se Chef
2016: Black Sails
2016: Honey 3: Dare to Dance
2017: Finders Keepers
2017: Wingin’ It
2017: Tropika Island of Treasure
2019: Bhai’s Cafe
2019: Knuckle City
2019: 438 Days
2020: American Dream
2020: Still Breathing
2021: Tali’s Baby Diary
2021: Kaalgat Karel
2022: Daryn’s Gym
2022: The Woman King
Siv Ngesi Awards/Nominations
Ngesi won the following awards and nominations;
He won the 2010 Ovation Awards for Best Comedy and Spirit of the Fringe Award
In won the 2017 and 2018 South African Film and Television Awards for Best TV Presenter alongside two other nominations
He won two awards at the 2019 Ovation Awards
In 2022, Ngesi was nominated at the South African Film and Television Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama Dam
Also in 2022, he was nominated at the DStv Content Creator Awards for Cause Award
Siv Ngesi Net Worth
Sivuyile Ngesi’s net worth is estimated at $500,000 as of 2022.