The loathed Banzi - Isithembiso

11 May 2022
Played by Hamilton Dhlamini, Banzi is a villain viewers love to loathe. He is ruthless, manipulative and his search for power knows no limits.
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In real-life Dhlamini is a far cry from his villain character, Banzi whom he plays on Isithembiso. Here are some interesting facts about this thespian.

Getting into character

When researching for his villainous characters, Dlamini looks at broken people. He gets a thrill from taking minibus taxis and hanging out at places most celebrities wouldn’t be seen at.

Award-winning actor

In 2018 he received the Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Soap Opera for his role on Isithembiso.

Not a doctor

Growing up, his father wanted him to be a doctor but he had other plans for his life. He enrolled for acting classes and paid for the classes himself with money he made from selling peanuts, sweets and cigarettes on trains in the late 1980s.

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