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Our leading men – Still Breathing

31 March 2020
The men of Still Breathing boast a bevy of skills with impressive bios.
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From singing to comedy to writing, the male cast members leave no stone unturned.


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What you may not have known:

  • Ngesi is an accomplished actor who began his career at the young age of nine, acting as Gavrosh in Les Misérables. He was lucky enough to sing a piece from the show at Nelson Mandela's birthday party.
  • He is also a talented comedian.
  • He has acted in many movies including World Unseen, Zeenon Z3, Schweitzer, Clint Eastwood’s lnvictus, and Long Walk To Freedom.


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What you may not have known:

  • He acted in the global sci-fi hit District 9, written and directed by fellow South African Neil Blomkamp. His collaboration with Blomkamp continued in another hit, Elysium, alongside Hollywood A-listers Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
  • Auret is a talented vocalist and musician too. He has appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
  • He shared praise for Still Breathing on his Instagram account: "I am so happy that you allowed me an opportunity to work on this series. Thank you for allowing me to work with so many talented actors, so many are my heroes, and a crew that cared about the journey of all the characters not just the pretty shots. I now understand the meaning of that old saying ‘The older you get the less you know’. We keep learning because we keep discovering. So good, so unique, so beautifully executed."


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What you may not have known:

  • He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the M-Net New Directions film Salvation in 1998.
  • Other than acting, he writes for TV and film.
  • He wrote and directed Keloid, a film about a woman who donates her kidney to her fiancé. She tries to get it back after he calls off the engagement.

The story of family, love, and heartbreak continues next Thursday at 20:00 on #MNet101. Follow the conversation with #StillBreathingSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv), and Facebook (@MNet).