Getting to know Loyiso MacDonald

It’s always a joy to see South African superstar Loyiso MacDonald pop up, either in a film, television show or even on social media. The reasons are quite obvious – he is charming, talented, courageous, and one of them South Africa’s most beloved actors.

MacDonald has a lot of people who draw inspiration from his acting talent and personality. His fan base is massive, and it keeps growing in leaps and bounds. It’s not just for his brilliant performance in the The Queen alone, Loyiso is greatly admired because he is such a delight and an industry asset as well.

The actor’s parents gave birth to him on September 7, 1986, in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape. Shortly after his arrival, his family moved to a city in KwaZulu-Natal called Pinetown to continue their lives. MacDonald hasn’t mentioned why his family relocated, and how old he was when they moved to KwaZulu-Natal.

The Queen actor had his elementary, primary, and high school education in schools in Pinetown. 

Loyiso belongs to the league of actors in the South African entertainment industry with multiple heritage. This is one aspect of his personal life that most people are not aware of. The actor’s surname is a clear reflection of his root, and he’s super proud to have originated from there.

The screen actor is the son of a South African father and a mother with Scottish ancestry. He explained that his mother’s maiden name is ‘MacDonald’ and that it belonged to his Scottish great, great grandfather. Loyiso adopted the name as it was passed down from one generation to another. 

Not everyone loves sticking to one language in most South African television programs, but MacDonald is not one of them. He is well-known for his love for the English Language and sticking to it irrespective of some people’s mixed feelings. Though the actor is fluent in vernacular as well, he prefers delivering his lines only in English.

One thing Loyiso MacDonald has in common with his character in The Queen is his love for his family. The actor has never shied away from expressing so much love for his family. According to him, he can do anything to put a smile on their faces and also protect them from all forms of negativities, including shielding them from the ever-curious public and media.

For most people, love comes first before marriage. In the case of MacDonald, love and marriage came early, and he grabbed both at a young age. Call it an achievement or not, the fact remains that the actor’s decision to tie the knot in his mid-twenties was one of the greatest decisions he took at that time.

The actor’s commitment to one woman helped him towards becoming a better man and actor as well. The Queen actor’s ex wife is a musician. They met at a theatre. MacDonald is not a father yet.

Loyiso MacDonald was served with divorce papers by his wife Mathunzi in a bid to end their 9 year civil marriage. It is reported that the two were no longer staying together. Its alleged that Loyiso cheated with his cast mate Zandile Msutwana who plays the role of Vuyiswa Maake on Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen, their relationship started when the two played onscreen lovers on Zabalaza.

MacDonald is one of South Africa’s actors who did some 9 to 5 jobs before joining the entertainment  industry. He worked at a call center and later as a banker before he became an actor. Reflecting on his career, he mentioned that he didn’t find those jobs fulfilling, and so he decided to quit in April 2006.

Immediately after Loyiso left his job, he spent about two weeks reading books in the library, hoping to find a suitable idea that would help him plan his life and also take the next line of action. He ended up coming across a pamphlet of a newly established Durban-based acting and speech school, which caught his interest and led him to find his way to acting.

The author may be relatively new in the industry as a professional actor, but he started acting way back in his primary school days. He shared that his mother enrolled him in an acting school when he was around five, six years.

Loyiso, like most South African actors, started his career as a theatrical actor. He earned his first role in the year 2007 after investing six months of his time and money in the Durban-based acting school.

He worked in Durban’s theatre community for four years, appearing in numerous productions of different genres such as a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tata maChance (at Sibaya Casino’s iZulu Theatre), Man Up a Tree, the Princess and the Pea, Escape from Nombiland, Sasol Fever, Othello, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. He also featured in a slew of TV advertisements for notable clients, including Wimpy and the local liquor brand, Tops at Spar.

Loyiso’s hard work eventually paid off in 2012 when he auditioned and won the role of Ntando Sibeko in SABC 3’s soapie, Isidingo. He found fame four years later after he joined other actors on the South African soap opera, The Queen, as Kagiso Khoza.



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