Up Close & Personal with Marang aka Sharon Seno

Sharon Seno is a  Botswanan actress and model who is making waves in the South African entertainment industry.

The actress is a beautiful and bold young lady whose life is governed by a set of principles which according to her, throughout her journey to fame, she ensured she did not compromise. She is a pretty face who will never give her body in exchange for a role, irrespective of what it may cost her. Thankfully upholding her principles and staying true to herself has paid off, seeing that she has finally made it to the limelight.

What makes her success even more interesting is that she has made it big in a country that is different from her place of origin. So, the next time you stumble on a picture of her or watch her on Muvhango, beyond seeing a beautiful actress, see a bold, principled, and determined lady.

“I was 17,” she says. “When a director asked me to undress to get the part, I refused. I stormed out of the room and didn’t think I’d continue acting. I longed to be back on screen but I wasn’t willing to sleep my way to the top. Sometimes having morals delays success.”

Sharon Seno was born on the 12th of June 1994 and grew up in the small village of Kanye in Botswana. Her Mother  Naledi Seno, saw her potentials while she was still a child and started taking her for advert and TV production auditions.

Despite the support and encouragement she got from her mother, Sharon never really saw herself as someone who was worth being admired or even felt beautiful because she was too tall and had full lips. She continued seeing herself as an ugly person until a modeling scout approached her in a mall and since then, her perception of herself changed.

Sharon is not the only child of her mother. Her older brother, Thabiso, is a Master’s degree holder in architecture, and her younger brother, Talent, was studying plant mechanics in a technical college in Botswana as of 2019.

Sharon does not have any formal tertiary education but hopes to study drama later in life. She Started Her Showbiz Career As A Model Although in her teens, she was shy and lacked self-confidence, Sharon Seno was able to start modeling as early at the age of 13. As mentioned earlier, she started seeing herself differently after meeting a modeling scout.

From that day, she decided to focus on modeling.

She had her first big shot in the limelight when she participated in the Miss Botswana 2013 beauty pageant and made it to the top five. She, however, threw away her chances of going further when she was asked what she thinks is the biggest problem youths are facing and she responded by saying ‘Homosexuality’. According to her, she truly regrets her response and if asked that same question now, she would say nobody deserves to be judged based on their sexuality, and the biggest problem she thinks youths are facing is the fight for education and employment.

In 2018, Sharon moved from Botswana to Johannesburg and had to live with a friend while trying to sort herself out. During this time, she kept jumping from one audition to another, and sadly, none seemed to be yielding any positive fruit. Finally, it was time to attend the audition for new cast members for Muvhango as she heard of it even before moving to Johannesburg.

When Sharon got to the venue, she wasn’t convinced she would get the role because of the crowd she met at the venue and because the description required for the role of Marang was nothing compared to who she was. According to her, what they needed was a full definition of a slay queen and she thought she did not meet that requirement.

Good thing the audition judges could not read minds, neither were they seeing things from her point of view because they saw just what they needed for the role in her and selected her to join the cast of the TV series. This was a breakthrough for Sharon Seno who had previously only played a role in two Botswana drama series, Colours and Ntwakgolo.


Sharon is doing her bit for young women from rural areas who dream of modelling and acting. Through her company, Models Empowerment Association, she mentors 19 women in Botswana.

Travelling between two countries leaves her with little time for anything else – let alone romance.

“I’ve been single for almost a year,” she says.

Dating is daunting, she adds. “I’ve heard a lot of men say they’d never date an actress because of the kissing scenes, because they’re always in the limelight and get too much attention from other men.”

She’s not looking for love but if it does come knocking, she wants someone who’ll love her for more than her looks. Until then, she’s happy to be making her mark in SA’s showbiz scene.


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