The Wife Actress Khanyi Mbau has regained her luster and stardom.

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The Wife Actress Khanyi Mbau has regained her luster and stardom.

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In season 2, which is loosely based on Dudu’s novel Zandile: The Resolute, the spotlight moves to another Zulu couple – and that’s eldest brother Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba) and his exconvict wife Zandile (Khanyi Mbau) days after her prison break that played out in The Wife’s season finale.

“When this season – which was originally going to be called The Resolute – starts, Zandile is looking to start on a clean slate and forge a bond with her loved ones following her 10-year sentence, but things don’t go as well as she anticipates,” explains Khanyi, who recently played Zaza in the romcom film Happiness Ever After.


Khanyi chats to us between her frantic filming schedule about her leading role as Zandile in The Wife season 2.

Between the suspense, mystery and many twists, it’s no surprise that Showmax’s original telenovela The Wife took the country by storm earlier this year. Inspired by local author Dudu Busani-Dube’s Hlomu book series, The Wife introduced viewers to the dysfunctional Zulu brothers and their attempts to protect their taxi empire.
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The first season centred around middle sibling Mqhele (Bonko Khoza) and his journalist wife Hlomu’s (Mbalenhle Mavimbela) toxic marriage.

Describe Zandile’s emotions after she escapes prison. Where is her headspace?


“The first thing that viewers will notice is that Zandile is detached from reality. In the book, she was arrested and put in prison for 17 years, but in TV time, it was cut to a decade. When I studied her character, I kept the 17-year mark because it helped me understand the beast [within her]. The biggest task in portraying Zandile is that she’s totally different from me. I’m bubbly, warm and approachable… and she isn’t,” said Mbau.

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