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By Emmanuel Tjiya | 2017-06-13 07:03:37.0

  • Muzi Mthabela. Picture credit: Supplied.

  • Picture credit: Supplied

  • Muzi Mthabela. Picture credit: Supplied.

  • Picture credit: Supplied

  • Muzi Mthabela. Picture credit: Supplied.

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After countless recurring roles, actor Muzi Mthabela is enjoying his moment in the spotlight with his first role as a leading man in TV drama 'Harvest'.

Renowned for his recurring role as hit-man Duma in Mzansi Magic soapie Isibaya, the 40-year-old actor is dazzling etv viewers as the cunning and charming Richard in Monday nights’ Harvest, opposite the fiery Masasa Mbangeni.

"I'm very excited and at the same time cautious. It's a lead role that I'm doing," Mthabela says.

"The calibre of the fellow thespians that I'm working with is a very high. It's people with a lot of experience than I have. When you work with these people you have to up your game."

Drama editor

Although Mthabela's acting career has been marred by small roles in TV shows such as The Road and Jacob's Cross, he has managed to make his presence felt. It comes as a bit of a shock when he reveals that he has never had any formal acting training.

The qualified TV editor was bitten by the acting bug from the editing suite of shows such as Mina Nawe, City Ses'la, Skwizas and Gaz'lam. He credits renowned director Thabang Moleya for pushing him to pursue a career in acting after making an impression during a cameo stint in Zone 14.

"I have been in the industry for a while. I have been working behind-the-scene. I still work as a freelance drama editor. I have been primarily working behind-the-scene since 2000, until 2008 when I got my big acting break," Mthabela recalls.

"I have not always wanted to be an actor, although a part of me wanted to be a continuity presenter even though I never pursued it.

"I learned acting primarily from the edit suit. As a drama editor, you look at the performances and observe what works. I may have learned from the editing suite, but it wasn't until I got to do it that I grasped it all."

Born-again Christian

The KwaZulu Natal-born actor is a born-again Christian married to Zanele Mthabela. He is the father of two beautiful daughters.

"I love working for the kingdom of God –  I serve at church. I believe first and foremost we are spiritual beings," Mthabela says.

"It has been a tough one for me as I'm growing as an actor because sometimes it's very hard to choose a role when you know your life is closely-knit with your spiritual understanding. It's a journey."