Gomora’s Robert Mpisi on his role as London: “I admire London’s boldness”

Robert Mpisi who plays troublemaker, Lindokuhle “London” Mabitsela says that there are things he admires about his character.
Robert Mpisi who plays troublemaker, Lindokuhle “London” Mabitsela says that there are things he admires about his character.
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Gomora has managed to capture South Africa’s attention with its mix of rising stars and renowned actors. The telenovela was captivating from the first episode, leaving viewers wanting more during their production break.

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Teddy and Mazet are some of the viewer’s favourites bringing both humour and danger to the show. Another character that has become prominent is Lindokuhle “London” Mabitsela who is played by Robert Mpisi.

London is a troublemaker who has managed to get Gomora High’s principal and community favourite, Melusi (Zolisa Xaluva), fired. He was highly influenced by deputy principal Ngoveni (Kabelo Ngakane). He’s a little older than his peers and in real life, he’s also older than his character.

DRUM spoke to Robert to learn more about him and some of the roles he’s played.

“I knew that I wanted to be an actor since the age of 14. When I was 15, in 2002, I was cast on a drama series that was on SABC 1 called Tsha Tsha and I knew that this is what I wanted to do. After matric I obtained a BA degree in live performance,” the Eastern Cape-born actor says.

Robert’s life hasn’t changed much during lockdown. He says it’s been “pretty normal” as they had to go back to work straight after we reached level 4 of lockdown. “I think we all had some plans at the beginning of the year but with everything happening in the world, we had to put them on hold.”

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The actor is currently focused on his role in Gomora. London has upset a lot of people both on and off the show. We got to find out a bit more about how Robert got the role and what he likes the most about his character.

“I remember it was a week into lockdown and I received a call from the casting director of the show informing me that the producers were looking to cast me to play London. As they say, the rest is history. 

“I love London’s boldness; I admire that about him. He also has a very soft and vulnerable side to him. I mean, he is human after all, so he is not all bad. He is just misunderstood”, the 33-year-old said.

Having played roles in popular TV dramas such as Soul City, Isidingo and The Queen, the actor says he doesn’t necessarily have a favourite role. “I have been very fortunate to have played so many different characters and with each one, I learn so much. I also see how far I can push myself as an actor,” he says.

Though he knows how to captivate an audience on screen, Robert is surprisingly shy in real life. Another interesting fact about the actor is that he is also a singer and spends a lot of his time to doing voice-overs.

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