Born in Johannesburg, Alberton, Makgotso M is a South African actress who moved to United Kingdom with her mother and sister at the age of 11 after attending a primary school called Albertview. While in UK, she attended Comat Secondary School before moving to a small town called Hitchin in early 2004 where she joined a secondary school called The Priory.
For her tertiary education, she completed a BA Joint Honours Degree in Theatre Studies, Film and Television in Brunel University. During her studies she auditioned for the National Youth Theatre where she got in and completed a short course which ended with a final performance at the National Theatre. The fast rising actress moved back to South Africa seven months after her school.