The rise and rise of Makgotso M

By Khosi Biyela
15 February 2017

"I went to a predominantly white school and was teased for my big lips. And people would laugh at my accent.”

NEW kid on the acting block Makgotso Monyemokathoe (25) is beautiful, witty and talented. The actress, who was born in Johannesburg but grew up in London, is better known as Makgotso M - and her face is practically everywhere.

Many know her as a psycho in Muvhango, a rebel in Isidingo and a blessee in Mzansi Magic’s Saints and Sinners.

But in real life, Makgotso is an ambitious young actress.

“It just happened; I wasn’t trying to be everywhere,” she says.

She moved to England when she was 11 years old. Her mother got a job as a nurse in 2002 and she followed in 2003 with her sister and cousin, says Makgotso, who has a BA Honours in Theatre Studies, Film and Television from Brunel University in London. Having appeared in several school productions when she first arrived in the UK, the actress reveals that she was bullied.

“I went to school and it was rough. I went to a predominantly white school and was teased for my big lips. And people would laugh at my accent,” says the actress who worked as a junior editor at Tigere Media.

She adjusted and made friends along the way. But she vowed that when she finished school, she’d return to South Africa.

In 2014, she decided to move back home to pursue an acting career. “It wasn’t easy to make it in the industry,” she admits.

However, in the same year she got two cameo roles on Terry Pheto’s award-winning film Ayanda and on SABC1’s sitcom My Perfect Family.

“After that I auditioned and auditioned and auditioned, but nothing.” In 2015, her family tried to persuade her to come back to England, but she refused. “My mother wanted me to come back and do nursing instead but I didn’t want to give up.” Then things started happening for her; she began getting every role she auditioned for.

“I didn’t do it on purpose; it just happened.” With the tenacity Makgotso has shown, we’re sure things will keep happening for her.

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