Born on October 15, 1985 at Florence Nightingale Hospital in Hillbrow in Johannesburg, Khanyi Mbau (full name: Khanyisile Mbau) is a popular South African actress, television host and radio personality. In 2004 she replaced actress Lindiwe Chibi in the role of Doobsie on Muvhango, after Chibi was shot in the face by her boyfriend. A year later she was fired from the role, reportedly for spending too much time partying and appearing in the Sunday tabloids.
In 2006 Mbau joined the SABC 1 hit drama series, Mzansi, in its second season as Mbali. SABC 1 did not renew the show for the third season. Later in 2007 Mbau played the role of Zee in the SABC1 mini-series After 9.
In 2012 she was the guest judge on the second season of SABC 1’s Turn It Out. In 2013 Mbau starred in an episode of E.tv’s anthology drama series, Ekasi: Our Stories, she featured in the DStv’s Vuzu documentary titled I Am, she portrayed Sindisiwe Sibeko on DStv’s Mzansi Magic mini-series Like Father Like Son.
In 2013 she featured in the docu-reality television series Reality Check, on E.tv. Also she began hosting her own talk show on the OpenView HD channel eKasi+, Katch It With Khanyi. The show was renewed for a second season late 2014. The talk show reached number one in audience share for talk shows, exceeding the share of SABC2’s Motswako.
Katch It With Khanyi debuted with a viewership of 785,000 viewers which increased to 1,669,000 viewers in the first week of November 2014. During the talk show’s second season, it was nominated for the South African Film and Television Awards 2015.
Khanyi Mbau is best known as the second Doobsie in the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango (2004-2005); as Mbali in the SABC1 soap opera Mzansi and SABC1’s mini-series After Nine. She is the host of Katch It With Khanyi.