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A true professional with an impeccable work ethic as an actress and voice artist, Shadi strives to stay true to every role she plays. Shadi had a colourful upbringing, having lived as a young girl during the 80’s and 90’s in various parts of Gauteng, South Africa, namely, in a serene mining town in the West Rand called Durban Deep, in a hotel building in Hillbrow, in the dusty streets in Orlando West and Dube, Soweto, and in the leafy suburbs in Midrand. In her performances she draws from her childhood experience of living in these varied environments to bring to life real and authentic stories. Growing up, she always dreamed to be an actress, but due to the financial struggles her family faced she decided to obtain a Commerce degree and go into a career that would provide financial security to her and her family.

Throughout her Commerce degree studies at Wits University and while working as a qualified Chartered Accountant in the Corporate world, Shadi attempted to participate in the Dramatic Arts, attending Drama lessons part-time. After 13 years in the Corporate world, Shadi decided that her life wouldn’t be complete unless she fully availed herself to pursue her first love, acting. In 2015, she enrolled for a 6 – month acting programme with the Indigo View Advanced Actors Academy in which she learnt all aspects of performing arts facilitated by seasoned professionals including Christa Schamberger, Fiona Ramsey and Steven Feinstein. Since graduating from this programme she has continued her training doing one-on-one acting and accent coaching with seasoned actresses Dorothy Ann Gould, Pamela Nomvete and Patricia Boyer.

Since commencing her professional career as an actress, her professional experience includes: Her first international credit as Narrator in the award-winning documentary film, Have You Heard from Johannesburg, directed and produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy and BAFTA award nominee, American director – Connie Field. In this film, her full name of ‘Mmaboshadi’ Chauke is credited. Her versatility as an actress has seen her perform on Mzansi Magic’s popular telenovela Ring of Lies I as Dumi, an old and battered woman and mother of Kabelo, the Lead role in the series, on Saints & Sinners III as a college dean, on SABC 1’s popular legal drama series Sokhulu and Partners III as a CCMA Commissioner, on eTV’s telenovela Gold Diggers II as Sarah Moloi and Drama series Ambitions, as a lawyer. She debuted her first Lead role in a theatre stage play Yourself or Someone Like You which played at PopArt Theatre. Shadi continues to show her versatility as a performer and is highly expected to be seen in more South African and International motion picture films, television series, stage plays, TV commercials and corporate videos.


Height: 1.62m      Waist: 30      Hips: 32      Shoe: 5      Hair: Black       Eyes: Brown