Ayanda Bandla age

Bandla played a starring role of Gugulethu in Identity.

Ayanda Bandla is a 34-year-old South African actress and media personality. She is best known for her roles in Omen in 2020, uBettina Wethu in 2021, and Lavish in 2022. She plays Dr Anelisa Moabe in eTV’s medical drama series Vutha.

The actress has impressed television viewers as Thandiswa in the drama series Smoke and Mirrors. 

Ayanda Bandla
Ayanda Bandla biography
Bandla played a starring role of Gugulethu in Identity.
Background Information
Full name:Ayanda Mandisa Bandla
Age:34 years old
Place of birth:Protea North, Soweto, Johannesburg
Nationality:South African
Education:Political Science
Alma mater:University of Pretoria
Occupation:Actress, media personality
Known for:Thandiswa in Smoke & Mirrors

Early Life

Ayanda Bandla was born in Johannesburg. Shegrew up in Protea North, Soweto. She fell in love with performance as a young child.

Ayanda was in school and church choirs. She comes from a debating background, but her love for the arts led her to where she is today.


Bandla studied political sciences and specialized in international relations at the University of Pretoria.


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Bandla studied political science with a specialty in international relations at the university of Pretoria.

Ayanda Bandla played Gugulethu, a starring role, in the SABC 1 drama series Identity. She starred as Katlego Nqobile in the Mzansi Magic comedy-drama series Lavish. She played Lakhe Amon in the comedy-drama drama series uBettina Wethu.

Actor Leroy Gopal first discovered Ayanda, and they are now dear friends. He noticed her potential and motivated her to join his acting workshops. She completed the workshops and decided to get an agent. Ayada landed her first acting gig in 2016.

Before fully becoming an actress, she was in media for ten years. She was one of the contestants on the SABC1 reality competition One Day Leader in 2011. 

Ayanda played Dr Tumelo Mokoena in Generations: The Legacy. In 2017, she joined Broken Vows as a presenter and landed a role as Lerato Motha in It’s Complicated. She appeared as Nokuthula in the Mzansi Magic supernatural series Omen. She Bandla plays Dr Anelisa Moabe in the medical drama – Vutha.

After graduating, she became an anchor on eTV’s Sunrise breakfast show. Among her works were writing, anchoring, field reporting, recording voice-overs, and producing on the show. She worked at Sunrise between 2011 and 2015.

Bandla contested in the reality competition One Day Leader on SABC 1 in 2011.

TV Shows

  • Black Tax as Tina
  • Identity as Gugulethu
  • Lavish as Katlego
  • Nqobile as Ntombi
  • Omen as Nokuthula
  • One Day Leader as Contestant
  • Single Galz as Account Exec
  • Smoke & Mirrors as Thandiswa
  • uBettina Wethu as Lakhe Amon
  • Vutha as Anelisa Moabe