Brenda Ngxoli is a South African actress best known for her role as Vuyo in the SABC1 drama series Home Affairs, from 2005-2007. She was nominated for an International Emmy award for her role in 2007.
She also played the supporting role of Dineo in the SABC1 sitcom My Perfect Family, in 2011.
Ngxoli completed a BA Theatre and Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town in 2000.
Although primarily an actress Brenda has other talents including public speaking, motivational talks and facilitating workshops on issues such as business proposal writing and health etc.
Brenda began her acting career in theatre, performing in shows like Pick Ups directed by Chris Weare, Docs Wife, I-Klips and Sacred Thorn and Yes Medem, both of which were directed by Warona Seane and ran the Grahamstown Festival of the Arts in 2004.
On television Brenda has appeared in Molo Fish 2, Interrogation Room, all four seasons of Tsha Tsha and the International Emmy-nominated Home Affairs.
She has appeared in television commercials for Compral, MTN and Polka. The Polka advert ("see-rri-us") made her a household name in South Africa.
Brenda made her directing debut in 2004 when she directed Through Thick and Thin by Khanyi Magubane at the Market Theatre.
In 2008 she was one of the celebrity dancers in the fourth season of the SABC2 reality dance competition Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional dance partner was Quintus Jansen.
In Episode 5 she was the fourth celebrity to be eliminated (28 February), after losing a dance-off against Ashley Hayden and Muntu Ngubane.
She played the role of Florence in three episodes of the television drama series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, in 2009.
In 2010 she was named as one of the new presenters of the SABC1 celebrity gossip show The Real Goboza for the show's fourth season, alongside Phat Joe.
In 2013 she replaced Thuli Thabethe as host of the Mzansi Wethu reality show Our Perfect Wedding, after Thabethe left the show to concentrate on her studies.
Brenda Ngxoli & dance partner Quintus Jansen in action during the 5th episode of SABC2's Strictly Come Dancing. The couple were voted off by the judges in the competition, after viewer votes pitted them in the "bottom 2" dance-off against TV presenter Ashley Hayden and dance instructor Muntu Ngubane. Thursday 28 February 2008.
Strictly Come Dancing Q&AExpectations:
This is an opportunity to attend the university of dance. I always wanted to dance but could never afford it so this is a fabulous opportunity for me to dance and get exposure. For me it’s like getting paid to go to school. I will be enhancing my skills and next time I am called on for a role which requires some dancing, I don’t have to worry.Preparations:
It’s definitely been a challenge, I never thought dance could be so complicated! It has been demanding on my physical stamina and my emotions.Challenges:
Everything about this competition is a challenge. Right now the task is to get into shape and prepare my body for the performance. Once the show starts the new challenge will the to act the professional and be humble with a camera in my face.My partner Quintus:
My partner is personal trainer. He has big dreams. He is spiritually firm and is generous in sharing his knowledge about dance.I am looking forward to…
One thing I know is that even if I am not the one, I would have entertained South Africa, which is what I have dedicated my life to. I have chosen to focus on thoroughly preparing for the show as opposed to caring about what the other contestants are doing.