'Legacy' actors (left) Sean-Marco Vorster with his real-life wife Jay Anstey

‘Legacy’ actors (left) Sean-Marco Vorster with his real-life wife Jay Anstey. Image via Instagram @jayansten

Five soapie stars who dated/married their co-stars in real life

From Jay Anstey and Sean-Marco Vorster to Rapulana Seiphemo and Zoe Mthiyane, these stars fell in love while working with their partners on the same show.

'Legacy' actors (left) Sean-Marco Vorster with his real-life wife Jay Anstey

‘Legacy’ actors (left) Sean-Marco Vorster with his real-life wife Jay Anstey. Image via Instagram @jayansten

The idea of actors falling in love on set, dating, or getting married after working on a movie or soapie is nothing new.  

While some couples made it work after the show ended, others broke up due to cheating scandals and fame.

Here are five soapie stars who found love on set and pursued happily-ever-after off-screen:  


Actors Jt Medupe and Lebohang Mthunzi who played siblings on Generations: The Legacy surprised viewers when they hooked up off-screen and got married in real life.  

Medupe played Mthunzi’s brother Jonathan Motene on the SABC 1 soapie whilst she played his sister Angela Motene.

The pair were the children of Tau Mogale played by Rapulana Seiphemo and Julia Motene played by Xolile Tshabalala on the show.  


Legacy actress Jay Anstey has announced she is pregnant with her co-star Sean-Marco Vorster’s child.

Anstey currently plays the role of the fun-loving Lexi Price on M-Net’s Legacy whilst Vorster plays the role of Stefan.  

Anstey announced that she and Vorster will soon be parents to their first child on her Instagram account this past August.  

The pair have been dating for over a year after Anstey broke up with long-term boyfriend Jonathan Boynton-Lee of Top Billing.  


Former ‘Rhythm City’ actors (left) Camilla Waldman and (right) Jamie Bartlett. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela and @Angelahhhhhh

Multi-award-winning actor Jamie Bartlett of Isidingo and Rhythm City fame was married to former Generations and Rhythm City actress Camilla Walman.  

Waldman played the role of Dr Ongers on Rhythm City whilst Bartlett played the role of David Genaro on the show.  

Waldman and Bartlett have a son together named Hector Bartlett. 


Former ‘Generations: The Legacy’ actors (left) Rapulana Seiphemo and (right) Zoe Mthiyane. Image via Twitter @Kwazie263

Actress Zoe Mthiyane who played the role of Zitha dated her co-star Rapulana Seiphemo who played the role of Tau Mogale on Generations: The Legacy.  

The pair made headlines in October 2020 following her split from the fellow actor and her suspension from work after arriving on set intoxicated.  

The couple allegedly broke up after Zoe discovered that Rapulana was cheating on her with a colleague whose name has not been revealed.  

Also read:Soapie teasers: What’s happening in Generations: The Legacy in October 2021?


‘7de Laan’ actors (left) Kristen Raath and (right) Markus Waywood. Image via Facebook @gokartingballito  

Actors Kristen Raath and Markus Haywood who played spouses on 7de Laan called it quits three years ago following her exit from the soapie.  

The actress who plays the vibrant character of Amorey Welman also divorced her on-screen husband Willem Spies.  

Raath returned to the show this year (2021) to play the role of Amorey Welman this year after Haywood’s exit.

Also read: ‘7de Laan’: Mimi Mahlasela talks suicide attempt and falling pregnant