'DiepCity' actor Chrispen Nyathi as Charleston

‘DiepCity’ actor Chrispen Nyathi as Charleston. Image via Twitter @DiepCityMzansi

‘DiepCity’ actor Chrispen Nyathi: ‘I enjoy psychotic characters’

Actor Chrispen Nyathi, who plays the role of Pastor Charleston, says he made a vow to his grandmother that he’ll end up on TV one day.

'DiepCity' actor Chrispen Nyathi as Charleston

‘DiepCity’ actor Chrispen Nyathi as Charleston. Image via Twitter @DiepCityMzansi

Chrispen Nyathi, who plays the role of pastor Charleston on Mzansi Magic’s telenovela DiepCity, says he’s still blown away by the fact that he’s an actor on TV.

It only sinks in when fans stop the 27-year-old Zimbabwean-born actor on the streets and yell his character’s name.

Chrispen Nyathi: ‘It’s something big to me’

“What’s scary about the entertainment industry is that you might say it’s a breakthrough but it ends up being a dead-end where no one else hires you,” Nyathi told Drum Magazine in an interview.

“But right now, it’s something big to me.”

Nyathi also told Drum that he was raised by his grandmother and mother as an only child in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Nyathi says he made a vow to the women in his life that he would one day appear on TV, just like the actors he grew up watching.


He enjoys playing the psychotic pastor Charleston as he makes people uncomfortable with his multiple personalities.

Pastor Charleston is determined to save the souls of Diepsloot from crime and poverty and wants people to believe in God again.

“I enjoy playing Charleston, I enjoy psychotic characters that are thrilling.

“He has displayed a lot of characteristics that make people uncomfortable.”

Fans have also come to love his multi-talented character who’s given Nyathi the platform to showcase his singing talent on the show.

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The actor told the publication that he got hooked to acting when he was in grade 5 when he was given a chance to represent a play on stage.

He didn’t think he could make a living off it but started taking it seriously after high school.

Nyathi also states that he was involved in multiple theatre plays growing up until he finally got the chance to be on national television to play Charleston.

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