many will remember him as the determined Stan Nyathi on e.tv’s Scandal! or as the charming Scott Nomvete on Generations before it became Generations the Legacy. For a while fans didn’t see him on TV, but Luthuli Dlamini is back on popular demand and back with a bang! This time he is playing Advocate Bheki Zulu on the most wached TV soapie Uzalo. Speaking to Move!, the well renouned actor shares his excitement about being on the show.
Uzalo’s fans recently felt Bheki’s enthusiasm and charming presence, and his character was a bit of a surprise to many. When he first came to the show his first line was “Ziright igirls”.
“I play the role of Advocate Bheki Zulu, a childhood friend of MaNzuza (played by Leleti Khumalo) and her husband Pastor Mdletshe (played by Glen Gabela). Bheki and MaNzuza were in love while they were still young, but unfortunately Bheki left to explore the world and MaNzuza got married to Mdletse,” shares Luthuli.
“While Bheki was still out there, he heard about MaNzuza being arrested and he came back to rescue her and they fell in love all over again.”
“I love being part of Uzalo, there’s so much professionalism and ubuntu there.” The Zimbabwen-born star added
CHALLENGES IN THE INDUSTRY
The veteran actor says he previously was not getting Zulu acting roles because of his accent, and now given the chance he is showing off.
“In the entertainment industry you don’t get a job for various reasons; either because you are too tall, too short, too beautiful, too ugly and so on. That is our challenge as actors. It’s also hard to tell a story the way you want to,” he says.
However, he says with his 25 years experience in the industry, there are positive changes he has witnessed.
“There’s more money coming in unlike before when many didn’t think they could survive on being an actor alone,” he says.
Luthuli is a father of five children and says there’s nothing he loves more than being a good father to his children.
“Fatherhood, to me, is the reason for living. It means loving and taking care of my children at all times,” he says.
He adds there’s still a lot he wants to achieve, adding he just finished shooting a drama series called Fifty and working with Rawbust Productions on other projects underway.
“I want to continue being a good father to my kids and telling stories the best way I know how,” he says.