Rea Rangaka biography: age, personal data, education, filmography

Rea Rangaka biography: age, personal data, education, filmography

April 25, 2021 0 By Nelson Mbeki

Rea Rangaka (born 1 July 1985) is an award-winning director, writer, and actor. 

The actor has been in the entertainment industry for a while and has a lot of achievements to his name. Fame followed the actor after he was cast in The Mayor. 

He played the role of the newly appointed fish-out-of-water Chief of Staff Martin Shai in the Mzansi Magic sitcom.

The role brought him into the limelight even though it was his first time starring on TV.

Personal Data

Rea Rangaka biography
BornRea Rangaka
1 July 1985 (age 35)
OriginBenoni, North West province
NationalitySouth African
EducationEnglish, Drama, Media, and Film Production (BA)
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
ProfessionDirector, writer, and actor


Rea Rangaka was born on 1 July 1985 and hails from Benoni, North West province. He studied for a degree (BA) in English, Drama, Media, and Film Production at UCT. In 2007, Rea continued with Film Practice and Theory.


The role of Freddie Simon in More Than Just a Game, a docu-drama film is his debut screen performance. Junaid Ahmed was the person behind directing the film.

It tells a story of how political prisoners on Robben Island, South Africa became the founders of Makana Football Association in 1966.

His appearance on the screen impressed many viewers who wanted to see more of him.

Later, he made his first appearance on TV as Lentsoe playing the guest-starring role in an episode of Khululeka, produced by Penguin Films.

In 2008, he was nominated for two awards at the second South African Comedy Awards. Rea received the Best One Person Show Award for his self-penned Bafana Republic: Extra Time. 

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He was nominated alongside Trevor Noah (winner) and Andrew Timm, creator of the M-Net sitcom The Coconuts under the Best Breakthrough Act category.

In 2011, the actor landed a lead role in Paradise Stop, a feature film directed by Jann Turner. The film starred Rapulana Seiphemo, Kenneth Nkosi, and Vusi Kunene.

As a writer, director, and producer, Rangaka is the man behind these short films For the Lovers Only in 2012 and Ode in Blood in 2013.

In the next year, he played the starring role in Season 3, Episode 2 of the anthology series Mzansi Love.

He played the role of Lungile, an advertising exec who sleeps with a colleague.

The title of the episode was Friends with Benefits. In 2015, Rea played another starring role on The Mayor, an Mzansi Magic sitcom.

In 2015, he landed the role of Mr. Direro in Ashes to Ashes and played the role until 2016, for a year.

Another starring role followed in 2017, he portrayed as cheese boy Mazi, in season 2 of Single Guys, an SABC1 sitcom.


Shows (Seasons)Character
Ashes to Ashes (Season 2)Mr. Direro
Dead Places (Season 1)Joe
Dream World (Season 2)Seminar Speaker
Madiba (Season 1)Middle Aged African Man
Mutual Friends (Season 2)Guest Star
Mzansi Love (Season 3)Lungile
Saints and Sinners (Season 2)Ndumiso’s Doctor
Shadow (Season 1)Trevor
Single Guyz (Season 2)Mazi
Taryn & Sharon (Season 1)John 456
The Mayor (Season 1)Martin Shai
The River (Season 3)JJ
The SA Comedy Awards (Season 2)Himself (Winner)

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