Based: Johannesburg

Thuli Phongolo grew up in Johannesburg’s Soweto township and had dreams of becoming a star from an early age.
She described herself as a confident child who loved dancing for her family.
Thuli started acting in high school. She took up drama and loved it so much she decided to sign with an agency.
Thuli got her first big acting role when she was just 17 years old. She played Zama on SABC 1’s drama series; Tshisa. The role helped open many doors for Thuli. She went on to work as a TV presenter on’s Craz-e.

Thuli has also appeared on The Republic and Makoti. She landed her biggest acting role to date on one of South Africa’s biggest soapies; Generations: The Legacy.  Thuli landed the role of Namhla in 2014.

During an interview on Tonight with Tim Modise, Thuli revealed that she auditioned five times for the role and almost gave up at one point.
“I auditioned for Namhle five times… There were times when I was like they must just decide what they want. Maybe it’s not me that they want. How can they be calling me so many times and they have already seen my potential? But perseverance and being patient helped me a lot,” she said.
Thuli left Generations in 2018 after her character was written out of the soapie’s storyline.


In 2017, Thuli revealed her plans to become a deejay. Many were sceptical of her new career venture at first, but Thuli proved she had what it took to make it big as a DJ. She has booked many gigs since then and still works as a DJ.

“Since I have started DJing, things have been going well. I am going to have my mixes on one of the stations here and of course I have been working with (shoe brand) Footwork. There are upcoming roles where you will see me in a different light, not as a kid anymore, and I hope fans will like that and can relate,” she told the co-hosts of Trending SA in a 2018 interview.

While working as an actress, Thuli pursued her Strategic Marketing degree at the University of Johannesburg. She completed her studies in 2016 and shared pictures from her proudly Xhosa graduation on her Instagram page.