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Actor

Tonga
yi Chirisa

Tongayi, a Zimbabwean actor and singer, played “Detective Trevor Davies” in the ever-popular Zimbabwean soapie Studio 263. He has appeared in numerous feature films, the most well known being Tanyaradzwa, for which he won the Best Actor for Film and Television Award. He starred in a serial radio drama Mopani Junction, which was taken off air at the height of political turmoil in Zimbabwe. Tongayi studied for a Bachelors Degree in Live Performance at AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance). He has been nominated for, and won, many National Arts Merit Awards in Zimbabwe and was nominated for an African Movie Academy Award. His credits include the lead in the comedy feature film Mr. Bones 2: Back from the Past; a dramatic appearance in the mini-series Rough (dir. Andy Wilson); the international feature Skin (dir. Anthony Fabian, co-starring Sam Neill and Sophie Okonedo); and a supporting role in a local drama series Redemption for SABC1. He portrayed “Friday” on the NBC international television series Crusoe, opposite Philip Winchester, Sean Bean and Sam Neill, based on the classic story Robinson Crusoe. He can also be seen in the BBC film Mrs. Mandela, starring Sophie Okonedo. www.tongayichirisa.com