The Biography of Charles Baloyi who plays Uncle Freddie on Scandal

Charles Baloyi is a South African actor, famous known for playing Uncle Freddy on Scandal or Jonas in Rhythm City. Since, Charles has no known Facebook account or any social media. His life remains a mistery to date. So, in this article we will try to look into the actor and his personal life. And get some details out of the way.

Biography: Charles Baloyi

A picture of Rebecca Mfoti (left) and Charles Baloyi (right) who plays Uncle Freddie or Just Freddy on etv’s Scandal
A picture of Rebecca Mfoti (left) and Charles Baloyi (right) who plays Uncle Freddie or Just Freddy on etv’s Scandal

Name: Charles Baloyi
Dateof birth: mid to late 1970s (45 to 47 years old)
Place of birth: Limpopo, South Africa (tentative)
Education: Diploma in Dramatic Arts at Fuba Academy (class-1995)
Occupation: Actor
Height: 1.82m
Known as: Uncle Freddie from Scandal, Jonas from Rhythm City
Nationality: South African

Who is Charles Baloyi?

Charles Baloyi is a South African actor of Tsonga descent. So, he was probably born in Limpopo, in Giyani, where the language is very strong and the Tsonga population high. His actual age is unknown, nor his parents or siblings.

A Scandal BTS picture of Charles Baloyi, Rebecca Mfoti and one crew member (wearing a mask)
A Scandal BTS picture of Charles Baloyi, Rebecca Mfoti and one crew member (wearing a mask)

However, estimates show that he must’ve been born in the mid to late 1970s. So, his aproximate age is somewhere between 44 to 46 years old. He could be younger or older. But, these are the estimates that make the most sense from the data available.

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Where did he obtain his education

His primary and secondary school education is unknown. However, In 1995, he received a Diploma in Dramatic Arts from Fuba Academy.. Which is a film academy school in St. Harris in Johannesburg. So, he presumably moved to Johannesburg as he was most likely born in Limpopo.

Personal life

Charles Baloyi can’t be confirmed to be married or unmarried, neither is there conclusive information on his children. So, we can’t say if he has or doesn’t have any children. He is one guy with no dirt on him. Completely under the radar and low key.

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Height

His actual height is unknown. However, since he is almost the same height as Michael Mabizela (Caiphus on Scandal). We can safely place him at a height of 1.82 or 1.8m tall. Which we must remind you isn’t his actual height but an approximate estimation of his actual height. He is just around 5cm taller than Thapelo Aphiri. (Javas on Scandal)

How his career starts

Baloyi started as a sales man at Edgars somewhere around 1997 or so. Thereafter, he left his sales job at Edgars to present and produce news and current events for Alex FM Community Radio.

Charles Baloyi (second from left) with his Co stars from Giyani Land of Blood aired on SABC 2
Charles Baloyi (second from left) with his Co stars from Giyani Land of Blood aired on SABC 2

Something he did from 1997 to 2000, putting his skills to the test. So, a lot of people from around that time knew him as the young host of Alex FM. However, there are no active archives of Charles on the radio station’s website.

Caree journey in acting

Most may remember Charles from his 2010 role of Dillie in the SABC2 youth drama series Hola Mpinji! However, his first experience of theatre occurred in 1996. When he appeared in the Grahamstown Arts Festival production of We Shall for the Fatherland.

The full cast of Giyani: Land of Blood, with Charles Baloyi (first from left in the back row)
The full cast of Giyani: Land of Blood, with Charles Baloyi (first from left in the back row)

Which led to roles in Ways of Dying and Drop of Faith. From the documentaries Racial Prejudice, Yizo Yizo 3 and Soul City on SABC to Jozi Streets on e.tv and M-Net appearances, he has been seen on all local channels.

International recognition

Charles Baloyi isn’t just a local actor, but his face can be seen in other international films as well. For example, In 2004, he starred in Homecoming, an SABC feature film. As well as in The Trail, an international feature film. Which gave him global prominence. Moreover, he was also in the international films like 10 000 BC. Which also gave him much more international recognition.

Uncle Freddie from Scandal

Currently Charles Baloyi is acting on Scandal as uncle Freddie. He is Dintle’s fake uncle. His character is very funny, especially because when he speaks, he speaks in his native language Tsonga. He is killing people with laughter on Scandal. And now, on the show he is Rorisang’s boyfriend.

Social media

Yeah, about that. He isn’t on any platforms. I know it sounds weird to Gen Zs and Mellenials but Charles literally exists without any social media. Even though he consistently appears on TV. Ultra legend?