DO get to know Loy­iso Mac­don­ald

This charm­ing lead­ing man chose the arts over the cor­po­rate world. Aren’t you glad he made the switch?

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Few ca­reers go in a straight line, and this was cer­tainly the case for Loy­iso Mac­don­ald, who be­gan his adult life work­ing in a call cen­tre and then as a bank data cap­turer. For­tu­nately, for his many fans, it wasn’t long be­fore he’d aban­doned a life of ad­min to pur­sue his love of drama at Dur­ban’s Cre­ative Arts Col­lege in 2006.

It turned out to be the per­fect de­ci­sion, as his first per­for­mance in the play Tata machance led to roles that ranged from con­tem­po­rary com­edy to Shake­spearean tragedies, and he spent four years light­ing up the­atres in Kwazulu-na­tal.

A move to Joburg – and onto the small screen – was in­evitable and in 2011 he landed his break­out role as Ntando Sibeko in Isidingo. Then came In­ter­sex­ions, Za­bal­aza and now, his part as Kag­iso in The Queen. Con­trary to his TV per­sona – a con­flicted young man who has taken over his fam­ily’s drug busi­ness – the 30-year-old star is a quiet guy who en­joys read­ing, mu­sic and the out­doors. Let’s find out more. Your favourite ac­tor? Gary Old­man. I first saw him in Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula and I was blown away by his per­for­mance. Your favourite movie? I’ve watched the mas­ter­piece Seven Sa­mu­rai more times than I can re­mem­ber! And then there are the five Hol­ly­wood adap­ta­tions, in­clud­ing The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven. De­scribe your style? Un­pre­dictable. I can be com­fort­able in sneak­ers and sweats, or look like I just stepped out of a James Bond film. Who is your style hero? Model David Gandy is pure class. Your favourite city? Joburg is where dreams can come true – with pa­tience and de­ter­mi­na­tion. What do you love about the­atre? No two per­for­mances are the same What do you love about the screen? Screen act­ing is chal­leng­ing as there is nowhere to hide. But that’s why I love it – you get to learn and test your abil­i­ties. Your fantasy des­ti­na­tion? The Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. It’s surely one of our coun­try’s most beau­ti­ful places. The best ca­reer ad­vice you’ve re­ceived? When I was a young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced per­former, the late ac­tordi­rec­tor Garth An­der­son taught me the value of cu­rios­ity. I still ask lots of ques­tions; it’s part of en­joy­ing my work. Any hid­den tal­ents? I may be able to hold a note or two! Who is your WCW? Fit­ness model Jade Cargill. For gym mo­ti­va­tion be­cause she has an amaz­ing body!

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