Amanda’s keep­ing us tuned in

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

AMANDA du Pont’s light just keeps on shin­ing.

Her so­cial me­dia pages have kept us swoon­ing over her, and it seems she has no in­ten­tion of slow­ing down.

Over the past year, the TV pre­sen­ter, ac­tress and brand am­bas­sador has been fo­cus­ing a lot on her act­ing, with roles in Mu­vhango, In­ter­sex­ions, Gen­er­a­tions and Skeem Saam.

Her Skeem Saam char­ac­ter Lelo Mthiyane is a so­ciopath who is strug­gling with her child­hood is­sues, wreak­ing havoc on any­one who stands in her way to avenge her past de­feats. Du Pont said in an in­ter­view that she wanted the char­ac­ter to be as real and be­liev­able as pos­si­ble, and spent time mak­ing sure she por­trayed the role well.

Lo­cally, Du Pont has starred in two films; Hear Me Move and Be­tween Friends. In­ter­na­tion­ally, she was part of the cast in the 2007 CBS drama Life is Wild, play­ing the role of Se­rina.

She left her pre­sent­ing gig with SABC1’s The Real Goboza last year after be­ing on the show for three years.

D u Pont is now a pre­sen­ter on Man Cave and Bit­ing About on SABC3. Bit­ing About ex­plores all things food, and Du Pont gets to taste the Jo­han­nes­burg life­style along the way.

She takes her craft se­ri­ously, hav­ing spent time hon­ing her skills at the New York Film Academy.

She has also had cameo ap­pear­ances in City Ses’la, A Place Called Home and Mzansi Love. On the personal front, Du Pont has not shied away from shar­ing who her ro­man­tic in­ter­ests are. She al­legedly dated Cassper Ny­ovest, who men­tioned her in his song Phu­makim, and then they broke up. They, how­ever, re­mained friends. Du Pont has since been see­ing her beau Shawn Ro­driques, and is con­vinced she has found the love of her life in him. Du Pont has also proved she’s busi­ness-savvy, col­lab­o­rat­ing with shoe brand Foot­work and lux­ury bag and ac­ces­sories brand Spray­ground. She is also an Adi­das brand am­bas­sador.

PIC­TURE: BON­GANI MBATHA

MAK­ING WAVES: TV per­son­al­ity Amanda Du Pont on the black car­pet at the Metro FM Awards in Dur­ban last year.

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