Isibaya actress Linda Sebezo (Lillian Nyandeni) who also acts in Lockdown as Maki Magwaza reveals all


NO matter how many times she’s done it before, Linda Sebezo doesn’t take any role for granted.

She acts like it’s opening night every time. The 55-year-old actress from Rockville, Soweto, said she treats her work with love and respect and gives it all she has. “I play any role as if I’ve never acted before,” said Linda. She plays Lillian Nyandeni in Isibaya.

“Lillian is a loving and protective mother who comes from an abusive relationship and doesn’t want her only daughter to go through the same ordeal.”

Linda is also in the popular drama series Lockdown as the prison ringleader, Maki Magwaza.

She said one of her fans once told her she would never do anything so stupid and end up in Maki’s situation.

But Linda did her research and made sure she understood the role.

“I communicate with the directors and have a good working relationship with them.”

Linda says her first love is theatre. “Theatre is my foundation. I was trained by the late Gibson Kente. That’s where I learned how to get into a character,” explained the actress.

According to her, theatre enables her to communicate directly with the audience, while on TV you communicate with the camera.

As an actress, Linda has portrayed over 40 characters over the past 38 years. The characters she likes most are Gogo in Gauteng Maboneng, Sharon Dlamini in Greed and Desire and two recent TV roles.

“Acting is like cooking. The food you cook should taste good before you serve it to people.”

Perhaps that is why she won the Golden Horn Award in 2016 as best supporting actress, playing Gogo.

In 2017, she won Best Supporting Role as Sharon D in Greed and Desire. This year, she again took the honours for Best Supporting Role as Gogo. Her favourite actress is Queen Latifah.

“She doesn’t force her acting. She’s natural. That’s why you feel her presence in a powerful way.

“I’d love to act with her in a movie,” she said.

When Linda is not on set, she spends time with her two daughters watching movies. Her favourite dish is stamp and mogodu, without spices.

– Dailysun

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