‘SU­PER-BITCH’ WE’VE COME TO LOVE

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SUNDAY MAGAZINE - SAM MATHE

IN THE late ’80s, Mopheme was a firm favourite with tele­vi­sion view­ers. The Se­sotho drama series starred Khotso Nkhatho as Mopheme, a wily, tragic and mys­te­ri­ous char­ac­ter adept at por­tray­ing mul­ti­ple per­son­al­i­ties in­tended to dis­guise his true iden­tity.

It took the re­mark­able act­ing tal­ents of Nkhatho to bring these char­ac­ters to life. He was so good at it that he has since be­come a folk hero in the eyes of tele­vi­sion view­ers.

Kgo­motso Christo­pher was one of the chil­dren of the ’80s cap­ti­vated by the al­lure of the Mopheme char­ac­ter.

Those were the days when the small screen was still a nov­elty that se­duced young, im­pres­sion­able minds. The tal­ented and beau­ti­ful ac­tress’s de­sire to grace the stage and small screen was sealed.

As a stu­dent at the Na­tional School of the Arts in Braam­fontein, the Tem­bisa-born Christo­pher showed her act­ing tal­ent when she was judged first run­ner-up at a na­tional act­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

This was in 1996 and she would com­plete a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree at the Univer­sity of Cape Town. She pur­sued her post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in fine arts at the Univer­sity of Co­lum­bia in New York.

Any­one who has fol­lowed her first ma­jor TV char­ac­ter, Nox Madondo in e.tv drama series 4Play: Sex Tips For Girls (2010), will agree that it was a mem­o­rable role with sub­stance.

Nox was a frus­trated wife bat­tling to cope with a phi­lan­der­ing hus­band. Since then Christo­pher has played for­mi­da­ble and in­trigu­ing fe­male char­ac­ters who of­ten have to hold their own in a male-dom­i­nated world, such as Katlego Sibeko on SABC3 soapie Isidingo.

Her cur­rent role as Yvonne

Langa on the e.tv soapie Scan­dal! demon­strates that she is the kind of ac­tress who can take any role.

While Katlego Sibeko came across as a long-suf­fer­ing wife who had to reckon with a dom­i­neer­ing hus­band, Yvonne is a glam­orous, street­wise woman who is firmly in the driver’s seat in ro­man­tic li­aisons. It’s a su­per­bitch role and she thrives on caus­ing trou­ble and break­ing hearts.

Yvonne has had her own fair share of be­ing dis­ap­pointed by lovers, but has since learnt to emo­tion­ally de­tach her­self when it comes to re­la­tion­ships.

This was ev­i­dent when she fired boyfriend, Mthunzi (Bongile Mant­sai) on the phone re­cently, and ini­ti­ated a re­la­tion­ship with Lerumo Chabedi (Tshepo Mos­ese). Yvonne’s role has added wel­come depth to Scan­dal!

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