Gail Mabalane (née Nkoane) was born on 27th December 1984 in Mahikeng, North West, South Africa, and later raised in her hometown of Kimberley, Northern Cape. She's the middle sibling among three kids of her parents.
When Mabalane was five years old, she participated in the beauty pageant Miss Tinkerbell, and soon her entire family realized her potential. Back in 2005, she finished top 5 in the teen version of Miss South Africa.
On a personal level, Gail's family is filled with tragedy. Her brother passed away in an electrical incident in 2006 while her mother died of long-term sickness later that year on Christmas Eve. Seven years later, her father passed away the same year she got married in 2013.
The actress is best known for The Wild (2012), The Road (2015), and Blood & Water (2020).
Stars as Thandeka Khumalo in the Netflix Teen Drama 'Blood & Water'
Directed by Nosipho Dumisa, Netflix's original show Blood & Water investigates a young girl who discovers her family's traumatic history as she navigates the complex environment of South African high school.
Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute are the writers and co-directors alongside Dumisa. Also, the producers are Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer, while Simon Beesley takes over the position of editor-in-chief.
The teaser for Blood & Water dropped on 11th May 2020, and it couldn't look more captivating. Set in South Africa, this new show centers on a teenage girl who is trying to find out if her sister, who was kidnapped at birth, is really a swimming star in her elite high school.
As per Netflix, the official synopsis for Blood & Water reads, "Set in the surroundings of Parkhurst College, the prestigious inner-city school for elite scholars and academic overachievers, Blood & Water follows the exploits of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo (Ama Qamata), as she engineers her transfer to the school to investigate the 17-year-old cold case of the abducted-at-birth older sister she’s never met."
Gail Mabalane portrays the character of Thandeka Khumalo on Netflix's Blood & Water.
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The rest of the main cast includes Ama Qamata as Puleng Khumalo, Khosi Ngema as Fikile Bhele, Thabang Molaba as Karabo Molapo ‘KB,’ Dillon Windvogel as Wade Daniels, Arno Greeff as Chris Ackerman, Ryle De Morny as Chad Morgan, Greteli Fincham as Reece Van Rensburg, Getmore Sithole as Julius Khumalo, and Odwa Gwanya as Siya Khumalo.
Gail Mabalane Wiki/Bio/Career - What's Her Net Worth?
Gail Mabalane's net worth is estimated to be $200,000.
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Gail Mabalane participated on Idols South Africa IV, the season 6 of South African reality show, where she finished in the top 10. The interactive talent show is based on the British program Pop Idol.
From 2011-13, the actress played the lead role of Lelo Sedibe on The Wild. This was followed by the portrayal of Vicky in the South African soap opera Rockville (2013-14).
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In 2015, Mabalane played the minor role of Sarah Westbrook on Generations: The Legacy. The same year, she featured as the starring character Kedibone "Kedi" Seakgoe / Stella Phiri on The Road (2015). She most recently played Kelenogile Mokoena on The Imposter (2018).
In the big screens, the actress's only got a single acting credit to her name, Zion (2012). Gail Mabalane's net worth is estimated at $200,000.
Married to Music Legend Husband Kabelo Mabalane; Share Two Kids
Gail Mabalane with her husband Kabelo Mabalane and their two kids.
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Gail Mabalane married Kabelo Mabalane on 9th February 2013 in a private wedding ceremony. Her husband, better known by his stage name as Kabelo or Bouga Luv, is a South African kwaito music legend.
The couple's first child, a daughter named Zoe Leano, was born on 28th March 2015. Three years later, the pair welcomed their second child, Khumo Mabalane, in 2018.
The Blood & Water actress revealed the news with a stunning professional illustration by Jo Spies, in which she sports all black and shows off her gorgeous baby bump.
The entire family of four couldn't look more adorable together.
The Actress Had a Role Canceled Because She was Pregnant
Gail Mabalane is married to her husband Kabelo Mabalane since 2013.
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Actress Gail Mabalane claims filmmakers once backpedaled from their choice to recruit her for their movie after they learned she was expecting. She was subsequently left confused by the incident.
I was cast. I got the role. They called me in to just read with another actor that they were busy casting. I went in, and I was about five months pregnant. I just thought out of courtesy, because you couldn't tell that I was pregnant, I thought let me tell them.
Gail intially thought it wasn't going to be a huge deal. She believed by the time the filming would take place; her baby would be five months old, so she'd be ready to go right back to work.
"Literally the next day, my legal guy was busy going through my contract, so I had already received the contract, and they were like 'No. Sorry. We're just not sure. We don't know.' I'm not sure if it was 'we're not sure that you're going to lose the weight,' but I just couldn't believe it," the Netflix star explained.
It's quite sad that the struggles experienced by women in the industry after getting pregnant prompted some not even to contemplate having babies.