Oros Mampofu is a talented South African actor who is best known for his roles on SABC1’s Skeem Saam as Jama, Thabo Maputla’s university roommate. He ventured into acting in 2014 and has gone ahead to feature in several well-received television shows which have made him one of the people’s favorites.
In recent times, the movie scene in South Africa has experienced a high influx of young and talented actors who have rejuvenated the ever-growing movie industry. These actors have rekindled the interest of the masses, keeping both the old and young generations glued to their television. Among this new crop of actors in the very competitive entertainment industry, 31 years old Oros Mampofu has shown with his talent that he is indeed worth all the fuss made about him on social media.
With an acting career spanning over 8 years, the hardworking actor has received several recognitions and endorsements deals, including a 2018 nomination for Best Actor at the African Movie Academy Awards and a Heineken partnership. Oros Mampofu is one very fine man so it’s no surprise that many of his fans are curious about the details of his life, especially his love life. Here is all we know about the Ingoma actor.
The Talented Actor Was Born In Cape Town East
Born in Umtata in the Eastern part of Cape Town and raised in the Fort Gale area, Mampofu claimed to have experienced lots of failures while growing up which somehow affected his self-esteem. Even though his father is a pastor and they had a comfortable childhood, this didn’t stop him from struggling at different points in his life, especially in his academics.
Despite all this, Oros Mampofu grew up singing in the choir and this ignited his passion for music and singing. He spent his childhood moving and schooling in different places. He was in East London for school until Grade 9 when he moved back to Cape Town and finished high school at Tableview High School. Oros grew up alongside his three sisters and twin brother.
Oros then moved on to AFDA where he graduated with a degree in Motion Pictures and Live Performance in 2014. With the quality of education the talented actor has gone through and his investment in himself and his craft, it’s no surprise that he enjoys the success that he has today.
Oros Mampofu Made His Debut On TV in 2014 With A Role In Kowethu
Fresh out of the university, Oros landed his first role on television in the SABC1 drama series titled Kowethu in 2014. In spite of his brilliance on the show, he didn’t get his breakout until the following year when he landed the role of ‘Andile’ in the Mzansi Magic Original Movie titled Rise. He got to star alongside seasoned actors like Mutodi Neshehe and Xolile Tshabalala. The telemovie which was highly anticipated was directed by Rea Rangaka and first aired on Mzansi Magic on the 11th of January 2015.
The success of his performance in the telemovie became a springboard that launched his career. He decided to compete in the first season of the BET reality competition series Top Actor SA where he emerged as one of the 12 finalists and ended in sixth place. Not long after, he landed a recurring role as Jama on Skeem Saam, which was at that time one of the people’s favorite and the 3rd most-watched show in South Africa.
His acting career indeed skyrocketed in 2016 as he again landed another role on television in the Mzansi Magic drama series titled Igazi where he plays the role of Prince Phila Mbangatha who is the rightful heir to a royal throne but has a modern philosophy that conflicts with his traditional responsibilities. The series was created and executive produced by Shona Ferguson.
In the same year, he featured as Mandla in the feature-length film titled The Lucky Specials. His character is an over-eager young man who yearns to make his mark in the African music industry. The film, which was produced by Quizzical Pictures and Discovery Learning Alliance aims to demystify tuberculosis – explaining how it spreads and how it can be treated. He starred alongside Fulu Mugovhani, Blondie Makhene, Richard Lukunku, Sive Mabuya, and Thomas Gumede. In November of the same 2016, he replaced Mpho Sibeko as Mo in Season 3 of the SABC1 sitcom called Gauteng Maboneng.
Oros Mampofu’s Most Prominent Role Was In Skeem Saam As Jama
Despite all the roles Oros has played in his short but illustrious career, his role as the young adult-Jama in Skeem Saam seems to be people’s favorite. He appeared as the same character in the 3rd and 4th seasons of the show. Sadly, his well-received character was killed off at the end of the 4th season and he has since moved on to other shows. In 2017, he landed a major recurring role in the drama series by e.tv called Harvest. The series centers around 3 women who had to take over an illegal business after their husbands were murdered. He first appeared as Shona when the series premiered on the 1st of May, 2017.
In 2018, Oros again landed the headline role in Ingoma a 1Magic drama series. The series is about 3 aspiring musical artists from the Eastern Cape who are tricked to move to Cape Town with the promise of breaking into the music industry. Oros plays the role of Angel, who is one of the three artists. Angel is a charming and small-time hustler. This is one of those roles that really resonates with Oros, considering his connection to the Eastern Cape and music.
In 2019, Oros joined the cast of e.tv soapie Rhythm City. He landed a major recurring role as Banele who is a rural Xhosa man whose family relies on social grants to sustain their daily lives. Banele who has a keen interest in history soon secures a scholarship to study African Literature at the Johannesburg Metropolitan University.
The Handsome Actor Has Had An Interesting Love Life
Oros Mampofu’s love life has been one aspect of his life that his fans are always curious about. The actor is definitely blessed with good looks and the charisma to match. Ladies might be wondering if the handsome actor is available but he is unfortunately not single.
From all indications, Oros has been in a serious relationship with his girlfriend, Bianca Carmichael, since 2018. The duo was said to have met at a party before getting to know each other and things just took off from there. Even though we are yet to hear anything about a wedding, the couple has progressed in their relationship as they reportedly moved in together just before the national lockdown in 2020. They even welcomed their first child together in 2019.
Oros has been linked to other celebrities in the past. Actually, he was once engaged to Hlatsi Molokomme – a South African media celebrity in 2017. Ironically, the duo went their separate ways without a hint as to what might have gone wrong. They both moved on and Hlatsi even dated the South African television presenter and doctor – Dr. Musa for a while.
Oros on the other hand found love with Bianca who is about 3 years younger than him. They are very big on sharing their lives on social media and appear to be doing really well. In 2021, Oros and Bianca launched a restaurant in Bryanston, Gauteng, called the Hotspots Grills. According to him, they are on a mission to build a dynasty not only for themselves but for their born and unborn children.
He Is Already A Father To One Beautiful Daughter
Oros Mampofu is a doting father and has shared that having a daughter has totally changed his life. In 2019 (February 15th), Oros and Bianca welcomed their lovely daughter – Aarya Mampofu. Oros is totally smitten by his little girl and won’t stop sharing cute pictures and videos of them on his social media. According to him, being a father has made him a much better human and partner and he didn’t know how deep he could love until he met his daughter.
Aarya is already a celebrity in her own right with over 102k followers on her Instagram page. Her parents recently launched a book “Amila’s Adventure Book” which was written based on how Aarya inspired them. There are several cute family pictures of Oros, Bianca, and Aarya on all of their social media pages.
How Is Oros Related to Lunathi Mampofu?
Despite his fame, Oros is big on family ties which have made him really grounded. The actor is not the only talented person in his family. He is related to the talented Lunathi Mampofu who is also a South African actress known for the role of ‘Zikhona’ in the SABC1 drama series Ingozi. Lunathi Mampofu is one of Oros’s 3 sisters and she is about three years older than him.
The Igazi Actor Has An Identical Twin Brother By The Name Prince Mampofu
While most people might not know, Oros Mampofu is actually a twin. He has an identical twin brother who goes by the name Prince Mampofu. Prince is the more reserved of the twins and prefers to work behind the camera. Ironically, he is also in the movie industry but works as a technical analyst. From the posts on their different social media pages, it is obvious that the brothers are close. They are also fitness enthusiasts as they have shared different videos of themselves working out and encouraging their fans to do the same.
In 2019, Oros, his twin brother-Prince Mampofu and sister – Lunathi Mampofu were the featured guests on an episode of the Mzansi Magic culinary reality series Celeb Feasts with Zola. The siblings were featured in 1st Season and 4th Episode of the show which first aired on the 29th of January, 2019. The celebrity chef and food stylist – Zola Nene cooked up a variety of colorful and tasty dishes as she entertained her celebrity guests.
The Talented Actor Is Out Building A Dynasty For His Family
Oros Mampofu has shown over and over again that he isn’t scared of venturing out of his comfort zone and pursuing his dream even outside acting. According to Oros, growing up, he learned on time that he wasn’t the smartest child. Despite all that was put in place to ensure that he excelled, success never came easy for him and he was about 2 years behind. His experience in failure built-up a strong resilience in him and he knew that he had to always give his all to whatever he was doing.
In 2021, the established actor ventured into television presenting with a presenting stint on the MTV reality show Ghosted: Love Gone Missing. The show explores the phenomena of “Ghosting” — which is the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone suddenly and without explanation by withdrawing from all communication. The show is an adaptation of the hit US reality show with the same name. Oros hosts the show alongside TV personality Shamiso Mosaka and together, they help people track down and confront a former friend, lover, or family member to ask them why they ghosted them.
In 2021, Oros partnered with his girlfriend Bianca Carmichael in a food/restaurant business venture. According to Oros, he has always loved food and after working with Steers and learning more about the food industry. He fell in love with the creation, marketing, and execution processes in the food industry. He then went ahead to do his research and found a gap in the market which he sort to fill. Moreover, one of his driving forces in opening the restaurant is because he wants South Africans to stay true to their identity and connect with the things they grew up eating. And despite how sniffling the current economic climate has been for his business, his determination to uplift others has actually encouraged him to push through.
Bianca on the other hand adds that they initially intended to name their fast-food outlet after her, but after much consideration and deliberation, they decided to call it Hot Spot Grills. She also shared that they did a lot of research about what people were interested in to be able to cater to their needs. In February 2022, Oros and Biance again launched a children’s book “Amila’s Adventure Book’ which they wrote in honor of their baby girl – Aarya. The book was launched on her 3rd birthday – 15th of February 2022 and is doing really well in the market.
From all indications, Oros is growing to become an astute business and family man whose aim is to build a legacy that will outlast him.