Lerato Mvelase

Lerato Mvelase

Soweto-born Lerato Mvelase's dedication and passion for the entertainment industry permeates in all she does.

The Wits drama graduate has a lot on her plate; an all-rounder, she successfully juggles being an actress, singer, dancer, writer and poet and at the same time finds time to study communication science.

Her passion for the performing arts began during her school and varsity days, as such a career in the performance arts was inevitable.  The 30 year old actress is multilingual, speaking English, South Sotho, Tswana, Zulu and Xhosa fluently and is also skilled as a voice artist with an ability to do different accents.

Mvelase has been in the public eye since 2002 when she began presenting on CCM1. Her screen acting debut was in a cameo role on the e.tv's Backstage (2003), followed by a role in the first season of the SABC1 drama series Mzansi in 2004. She was a presenter on Mindset Educational TV from 2003-2005 and landed a lead role in the drama series Home Affairs in 2005 which she played for five seasons.

The series was nominated for both the 2006 and 2007 International Emmys. In 2010 Mvelase was nominated for an  International Emmy Award as best actress in a drama series and in 2012 she was nominated for the Naledi Theatre Award for best actress. Other work includes a four part drama series, Shreds and Dream on SABC 1 and presenting a weekly cultural music show, Moribo, on the same station.

Not one to limit herself Mvelase has also tried her hand at directing and editing. She has several projects in the pipeline, preparing for a play (Umkabayi ka Jama) which will be at the State theatre later in the year as well as a film called Kaffir boy, which will be shot in Alex. She is also the brand ambassador for a new cosmetic product, Biolotion.

Not only is Lerato a theatre and television personality, she is also a motivational speaker, doing  talks at schools on pertinent issues such as HIV and saving water amongst others.

On her latest role on Intersexions, Mvelase said it was great experience working on the award winning drama. In episode 8, she plays lesbian Lorraine who faces numerous issues associated with her sexuality.