Khayalethu Anthony is a South African actor and playwright best known for his starring role as Soda in the M-Net drama series Reyka.
Hailing from Khayelitsha in Cape Town, he matriculated from Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School in 2007 and later studied at the New Africa Theatre Academy, graduating in 2010.
A founder member of the Imbawula Theatre Company in Khayelitsha, he made his professional acting debut in Lara Foot's stage play Solomon and Marion, which first ran at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in 2011.
The show was later staged in Johannesburg, Washington DC, the Edinburgh Festival, Birmingham and London.
In 2014, his one-hander stage play The Champion - which tackles domestic violence - was nominated for Best Script at the Baxter's Zabalaza Theatre Festival.
It later won him a Fleur du Cap award for Best Performance in a Revue, Cabaret or One-Person Show.
Khayalethu made his film acting debut in the 2013 feature Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He also appeared in the feature film Shepherds and Butchers, in 2016.
He made his television debut playing a security guard in an episode of the SABC1 romantic comedy-drama series Forced Love (also known by its working title of Goba Msenge), in 2012.
He also had a guest starring role as Tumi in an episode of the Starz pirate drama series Black Sails, in 2017.
Khayalethu landed his first starring role in television when he was cast as Soda in the M-Net drama series Reyka, a co-production between the UK and South Africa.
In the series, his character is a Xhosa cane cutter from Pondoland in the Eastern Cape.
Reyka premiered on M-Net on 25 July, 2021.