Thapelo Aphiri latest biography 2022: Wife, age, height and salary

Thapelo Aphiri (born 24 January 1982) is South African Actor, Creative Director, Director and Scriptwriter. He is well known for playing Javas on Scandal etv and Skizo on Vengeance. However, prior to joining the acting industry, he was a soccer player for Ledwaba Power Stars Football Club but left because of an injury. This article will talk about his life and career.

Full biography: Thapelo Aphiri

A picture of actor Thapelo Aphiri who plays Javas
A picture of actor Thapelo Aphiri who plays Javas

Name: Thapelo Aphiri
Date of birth: January 24, 1982 (40 years)
Place of Birth: Hammanskraal, Gauteng province
Education: University of Pretoria
Occupation: Actor, Creative Director, Director and Scriptwriter
Known for: Javas on Scandal etv
Height: 1.75m
Net worth: Unknown
Nationality: South African

Early life of Thapelo Aphiri

Thapelo Aphiri was born on 24 January 1982 in Hammanskraal, Gauteng Province in South Africa. His father was a janitor at a high school and his mother was a domestic worker. Who both encouraged him to study. However, by the time he went to university his father had already passed away. As a result he he mostly had to “make his own decisions.”

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When he was still at school he dreamt of nothing but playing professional football. His favorite soccer stars were Benny McCarthy and Ronaldo (not of Portugal), his dream was to play alongside them. During this childhood time, Thapelo also learnt art skills such as writing, directing and acting from his big brother.

Thapelo Aphiri was an aspiring school player
Thapelo Aphiri was an aspiring school player

Thapelo Aphiri attended Makgetsi High School in Hammanskraal. The after, he joined the Pubby Molokwana sport academy in Joburg. Intending to pursue a career in soccer. However, after a while, he had to quit because of an injury and pursued acting instead.

Studying at U.P

So, he enrolled at University of Pretoria to study Drama and Dramatics. Thereafter, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree or BA in Drama in 2012. Thapelo managed to obtain distinctions in Theatre Studies of acting practicals in two successive years. He also acquired skills of being a writer, producer, lighting, stage management, directing, producing and acting.

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Personal life

While much of his professional work and history is known. Not much is known of his personal life. So, we don’t know if Thapelo Aphiri is married or single or if he has any children.


Unlike his personal life. His actual height is actually known. His agency places him at a height of 1.75m.

Thapelo Aphiri only wanted to be a soccer star

The now Scandal star, Thapelo, never saw himself as an actor but a soccer player. He dreamt of playing soccer alongside any of his role models, Ronaldo or Benny McCarthy.

Aphiri lost his father before he could go to varsity
Aphiri lost his father before he could go to varsity

When he was doing matric, he was invited for trials at Supersports and he made it to the top six out of about 700 people who came for the trials. Aphiri was a promising young soccer player. He played for Tuks until he was introduced to Mike Kambule and ended up in the under 20s of Power Stars.

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“I think the Supersport coach was Pitso Mosimane by then. That is when I realised that I might have something to give in soccer so I kept on playing. When I was playing for Tuks, a cousin of mine introduced me to Mike Kambule, and I ended up being invited to play for the under 20 Power Stars.”

How switched career

After quitting soccer, Thapelo was back home in Hammanskraal depressed about the future and he came across a poetry and story book which reminded him of his art skills and he knew from then that he wanted to become an actor. So he then applied at the University of

His acting career

In his third year of study, Thapelo got a big gig at travelling show. They used to perform in schools around South Africa. After this Thapelo left the University and joined a company called Past and got to perform in the country and other African countries like Tanzania. By then he had not graduated so he decided to go back to university to finish his degree. It was during this time that he met his agent.

Javas from Scandal in his acting uniform
Javas from Scandal in his acting uniform

“The show was looking for actors for the shows such as Home Affairs, Sins and Sinners, Shred and Dreams and Scandal.

“At Scandal | auditioned for Bongani’s part, | think Bongani was this guy that s.e.xually assaulted Dintle in the show, Yeah! | didn’t get that part, then few months later | got a call that | should come through and bring Javas, which was initially just a feature extra,” said Thapelo Aphiri.

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2020 —Parable -Showmax -Supporting

2017 — Old Mutual Iwyze -TVC Lead 2014 — Current Scandal Series — Javas

2014 — Mmbalenyama — (Mzansi Magic)

Penguin Films — Man under


2014 — Shreds and Dreams — (Mzansi Magic)

Penguin Films — Client 1

2012 — Vengeance — Feature Film —

Skizo (Support)

2011 Skhulu and Partners — (SABC 1) Support