Government Name: Atandwa Duduza Yiduthi Kani
Date of Birth: 6 June, 1984
Nationality: South African
Atandwa Kani is a South African actor, and the son of South African veteran actor John Kani. Kani made his international stage debut in The Tempest, a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played Ariel alongside his father (Caliban) and Sir Antony Sher (Prospero). One reviewer described him as “the star of this production…he was a true pleasure to watch, embodying the character and interacting beautifully with the rest of the cast”. Sean Hewitt of the Nottingham news site, Nottingham Post, wrote “….scene-stealing Atandwa Kani, the best Ariel I’ve ever seen”.
In 2009, Kani made his United States television debut in the CW Television Network program Life Is Wild, an American adaptation of the hugely popular ITV family drama Wild at Heart that aired in the United Kingdom from 2006 until 2012. The American adaptation was commissioned for only one season, but from 2010 to 2012, Kani played the role of Thabo in series 5 and 6, plus a brief appearance in series 7, of the original British Wild at Heart, starring Stephen Tompkinson and Dawn Steele.
Kani has been featured in the TrueLove magazine in the first of its In Bed With… features. In 2010, he was a regular in the SABC TV series Soul Buddyz. In 2011, he became a regular on the SABC 2 political series, 90 Plein Street in its third season, directed by Khalo Matabane. He also served as Master of Ceremonies for the 46664 “Legacy” Bangle, alongside Tokyo Sexwale and Hlubi Mboya.
He then went on to play the young Nelson Mandela in the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick, acting alongside Idris Elba, Naomi Harris and Terry Pheto.
In 2018, Kani portrayed the younger King T’Chaka, a dual part shared with his father, in the comic book film Black Panther.
Kani currently resides in New York in the United States with his wife Fikile M. Kani.