BIRTH NAME: Mpho Osei Tutu
DATE OF BIRTH: 31 December 1981
PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris, France
OCCUPATION: Actor and Producer
WIFE: Tumi Morake
Mpho Osei Tutu is an actor and producer who is best known for playing the role of as Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Modikoane or Gary Mokoena in Mzansi Magic drama series The Imposter.
Early Life , Background And Childhood
Mpho Osei Tutu was born on the 31 December 1981 in Paris, France to a Mosotho mother and Ghanaian father and has lived in Lesotho, France, England, Togo and Ghana.
Mpho Osei Tutu is married to comedian and television personality Tumi Morake and they have three children. His wedding with his wife, Tumi Morake, was on Saturday, 28 November 2009.
He holds a BA (Hons) in Dramatic Art from Wits University; where he majored in Performance, Television and Screenwriting.
Mpho landed a starring role as Abedniko “Niko” Manamela, a farm boy from Lesotho who is a taxi driver working for Bra Seputla, in the Mzansi Magic sitcom Samsokolo. He later played the recurring role of Mr. Leleli on My Perfect Family.
On screen, acting roles include Snorty in Font, Sbu in Mzansi 2, Lerumo in For Sale, Vuyo in Molo Fish 2, Junior in Akin Omotoso’s Rifle Road, Shanghai in Phillip Noyce’s Catch a Fire and Desmond in the International Emmy-Nominated SABC1 drama series Home Affairs.
In 2013 he starred as Niko in the Mzansi Magic sitcom Samsokolo, returning for the second season the following year. In 2015 he starred in the Mzansi Magic drama series Ya Lla.
Mpho has guest starred in numerous other television series over the years including Intersexions, Kota Life Crisis, Kowethu, Black Sails, Mzansi Love, Rhythm City, Saints and Sinners, Isithembiso, Sober Companion, My Perfect Family and Z’bondiwe.
He has also appeared as himself on a number of shows including Rolling With… 4 (Celeb Edition) and Red Cake – Not the Cooking Show.
In 2018 he played the leading role of twins Tebza Modikoane and Gary Mokoena in the second season of the Mzansi Magic anthology drama series The Imposter.
He received a nomination for Best Actor in a TV Comedy at the 2014 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) for his role as Niko. In the same year he was also nominated for a SAFTA for Best Writing Team of a TV Comedy (with Katleho Ramaphakela and Meren Reddy) for his work on the SABC1 sitcom My Perfect Family.