Shoki Mokgapa

Shoki Mokgapa

At 28 South African actress Shoki Mokgapa has steadily built her profile both locally and overseas establishing herself as a versatile performer. After graduating at Johannesburg based film school AFDA, Mokgapa made her television debut in ITV UK's drama, Wild at Heart (2007), which was followed by the American version for The CB Network called Life is Wild in the same year. 

Her most noted career high was being one of the twelve actors selected by Moonyeenn Lee and the late great Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr Ripley) to attend an acting master class while he was in Johannesburg. She credits this as being the beginning of her acting career.

Following this workshop, she went on to appear in the 2nd and 3rd seasons of The Lab directed by Barry Berk, in which she played Tumi the quirky PA. She also made an appearance in the SAFTA award winning production 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls.

Since then she has gone on to appear in numerous productions including HBO's The Prisoner, and most notably in the BBC drama Silent Witness, in which she played a leading role.

More recently Mokgapa has worked on several feature films including Retribution directed by Mukunda Dewil; The First Grader directed by Justin Chadwick of the Other Boleyn Girl fame as well as Judge Dredd, directed by Pete Travis.

She has just wrapped on the local production Nothing For Mahala directed by Rolie Nikiwe, which is due to hit cinemas later this year.
On her recent work with Intersexions, Mokgapa says "Working on Intersexions has been one of those life changing, career defining experiences. I  worked with Sthandiwe Kgorogo and PJ Nikwe,  two of the most incredibly kind, incredibly loving, and giving directors, who made me feel safe, which then allowed me the freedom to play, and have fun with the character.
"Even though it was very difficult to trust myself at times, they saw something in me that I sometimes struggle to see in myself. My deepest gratitude goes to the unsung heroes of the Quizzical Pictures team who have worked tirelessly to create what I think is quite a remarkable piece of drama."