Baby Cele is a South African actress famous for her role as Portia on ‘My Perfect Family’ and currently playing Gabisile on Uzalo. Her extroverted character and stubborn attitude make the fans want even more of Uzalo. Baby Cele, the veteran actress, has everyone glued to their screens every other weekday. Although her character Gabisile sucks all the energy out of her and is divergent from Baby Cele’s personality, she plays it well, and she loves it. So who is this veteran actress? Baby Cele’s biography will answer all those burning questions regarding her life (Age, Husband, Children, Career, Net worth and all that meets the eye).
Biography of Baby Cele
Date of birth: March 22, 1972
Place of birth: Durban, South Africa
Relationship status: Married
Profession: Film director and actress
Social media handles: Instagram: @babescele2
Facebook: @Baby Cele
Net worth: R4 million
When did Baby Cele’s career start?
Although she loved singing, the acting bug stings her when she cast the musical Sarafina. Mbongeni Ngema gave Baby Cele a shot when she was only 16, and she made the most out of it. “I met Mbongeni Ngema while he is driving down the road, next to my house. I didn’t even have to audition for the part in Sarafina, the musical.”
Film directing career
Opportunities knock once on one’s door, and Baby Cele grabs them whenever she gets a chance. As she plays Portia in “My Perfect Family”, the actress lands an opportunity to learn movie directing and producing. She perfects her craft even as she joins Inkaba in 2012 and Zabalaza, where she plays Gasta. “I would like to direct my feature film shortly and get into producing as well”, Baby Cele says.
Most of her fans know her from her features in various television shows like Isidingo, Home Affairs, Shreds & Dreams, Sokhulu and Partners, Jozi Streets, Ring of Lies, and Uzalo. But we wouldn’t be doing justice if we did not mention all of the films she has starred in. The list is rather long, so here it goes:
- Blood and Water Season 1
- Ga Re Dumele – Season 5
- Home Affairs – Season 4
- I Love South Africa – Season 2
- Isidingo – Season 1
- It’s for Life – Season 1
- Jump the gun
- My perfect family – Season 1 and 2
- Red Cake. Not the cooking show
- Ring of Lies – Season 1 and 2
- Saints and Sinners – Season 3
- Shreds and Dreams – Season 1
- Sokhulu & Partners – Season 2
- Uzalo – Season 4
- Zabalaza – Season 1, 2, and 3
How many Awards does Baby Cele have?
Her film catalogue is impressively long, as is her list of awards. In her career lifetime, Baby has managed to bag the following awards:
|1996||Vita Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role(Won)|
|1996||Africa Movie Academy Awards||All Africa Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer(Won)|
|2006||South African Film and Television Awards||Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Soap(Nominated)|
|2013||South African Film and Television Awards||Golden Horn Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy(Nominated)|
|2014||South African Film and Television Awards||Golden Horn Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy(Nominated)|
|2020||South African Film and Television Awards||Golden Horn Award for Best Actress(Pending)|
Who is Baby Cele’s Husband?
She has been married three times already, and she keeps giving love a chance. The actress possesses guts that most women do not own, walking away when things do not work. In 2017, Baby Cele shared her wedding pictures on Instagram that have fans drooling. This new beau (Thabo Maloka) seems to be making her happy because the girl is glowing!! Ahead of marrying Thabo, the actress was briefly married to Mandla Mabuza, and before that, she was married to an abusive man who she left as she couldn’t handle it.
Does Baby Cele have children?
The actress has two children, Yolisa and Thando Cele, about 20 years and nine years respectively.
Cele and Hubby renew wedding vows.
Hubby must be doing everything right as Baby Cele is saying I do for the second time. In 2019, the actress and Thabo Maloka renewed their vows in a traditional ceremony. The first part of the wedding is held at Baby’s home in Umlazi and Virginia Airport. Cele fills in on the details and reminisces on how she meets Thabo. “I remember when I first met him at a party and the Mafikizolo song, Ndihamba Nawe, played, and I realised I loved him.”
Cele in double death calamity.
Depression, a subject barely addressed in African families, leads to actions that devastated Cele’s family. Recently, Baby Cele mourns a tragedy that occurs like a scene in a horror movie. The actress’s cousin shoots his mother to kill before gunning his wife, who survives the gin shots. Mbuso Cele acts in his neighbours’ watch after his mother and wife refuse to follow him, and he immediately flees from the scene with his car at full speed. He is later found lifeless in his car, and he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
What is Baby Cele’s Net worth?
She has starred in countless movies and drama series and has bagged many awards, so how much is she bagging from all these gigs. Baby Cele’s acting career is making her a pretty penny with a bold figure of R4 million. Keep grinding sis!!