Gail Nkoane Mabalane Biography

Gail Nkoane Mabalane Biography

Gail Mabalane, originally Gail Nkoane, was born on December 27, 1984, in Kimberley, South Africa. Growing up as the middle child among three siblings, Gail’s early years were marked by her innate talent and charisma.

Gail Nkoane Mabalane

Gail Tsholofelo Nkoane

27 December 1984 (age 39)

Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa
  • Actress
  • model
  • entrepreneur
  • philanthropist
  • singer
  • socialite
Years active 2010 – present
Notable work
  • The Road (2015)
  • The Wild (2011 – 2013)
  • The Imposter (2018)

Blood and Water (2020 – present)

Kabelo Mabalane

(m. 2013)

Children 2
Musical career
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 2010 – present

At the tender age of five, her journey into the spotlight began when her mother entered her into her first pageant, “Miss Tinkerbell.” It was during this time that her family first recognized her immense potential.


In 2005, Gail’s star continued to rise as she became a Top 5 Finalist in the Miss SA Teen competition, further solidifying her presence in the entertainment industry. Her breakthrough moment arrived in 2010 when she auditioned for the 6th Season of “Idols South Africa,” earning a coveted spot as a Top 10 Finalist. Despite being the first to be eliminated from the Final Top 10, Gail’s passion for performance remained undiminished.

The year 2011 marked a significant milestone in Gail’s career as she secured her major acting debut on the MNet TV Series “The Wild,” portraying the character Lelo Sedibe alongside renowned South African actress Connie Ferguson. This role catapulted her into the limelight and showcased her remarkable talent and versatility as an actress.

Throughout the years, Gail continued to leave her mark on the television landscape with roles in series such as “Rockville,” “Generations: The Legacy,” and the tele-novel “The Road,” where she played the pivotal role of Kedibone “Kedi” Seakgoe / Stella Phiri.

In addition to her television success, Gail ventured into film, appearing in projects like “Zion” (2012) and “Indemnity” (2021), further expanding her repertoire and solidifying her status as a multifaceted performer.

Off-screen, Gail Mabalane’s personal life has been marked by both joy and sorrow. She tragically lost her mother to a long-term illness following her brother’s accidental death on Christmas Eve. In 2013, Gail faced another heartbreaking loss with the passing of her father shortly after her wedding to Kabelo Mabalane, with whom she shares a loving family and two children.

Today, Gail Mabalane stands as a prominent figure in the South African entertainment industry, celebrated not only for her talent on screen but also for her resilience and grace in navigating life’s challenges.



  • 2010 – Idols
    Role: Herself
    Notes: Season 6 Top 10 Finalist
  • 2011 – 2013 – The Wild
    Role: Lelo Sedibe
    Notes: Lead role
  • 2013 – 2014 – Rockville
    Role: Vicky
    Notes: Minor role
  • 2015 – Generations: The Legacy
    Role: Sarah Westbrook
    Notes: Minor role
  • 2015 – The Road
    Role: Kedibone “Kedi” Seakgoe / Stella Phiri
    Notes: Main role (Episodes 1 to 60)
  • 2016 – Rockville
    Role: Vicky
    Notes: Main, recurring role
  • 2018 – The Imposter (TV series)
    Role: Kelenogile Mokoena
    Notes: Main role (Season 2)
  • 2020 – Blood & Water
    Role: Thandeka Khumalo
    Notes: Main role
  • 2023 – Unseen
    Role: Zenzi Mwale
    Notes: Main role


  • 2012 – Zion
    Role: [Character Name]
    Notes: Role details not specified
  • 2021 – Indemnity
    Role: [Character Name]
    Notes: Role details not specified

Personal life:

Gail Mabalane was born on December 27, 1984, in Kimberley, South Africa. Her mother entered her into pageant shows before her passing due to a long-term illness after her brother’s accidental death on Christmas Eve. In 2013, her father also passed away shortly after her wedding to Kabelo Mabalane. Gail and Kabelo have two children.

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