|Known for||Generations Soapie:Wandile Radebe|
|Height||5' 9¼" (1.76 m)|
Charlene Chiedza Kudzai Mhende is a Zimbabwean born actress well known for her male role as Wandile Radebe in the South African soapie, Generations.
Mhende was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She attended an all girls catholic school.
She was part of the drama school club when she was 7 years old. Mende wanted to be a doctor but discovered when she was 11 that she liked the theatre more. In 2006, Mhende moved to Capetown, South Africa to study at AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance. She entered Cape Town’s theatre when she played a role as Lady Capulet in a 2010 Artscape production of “Romeo and Juliet”. Her theatre training then extended to Drama Therapy. She has worked with organisations such as the Bonfire Improv Theatre Company and the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation.
Other theatre credits include K. Sello Duiker’s “The Quiet Violence of Dreams”, JM Coetzee’s “Waiting for the Barbarians”, Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in July 2012), “Taming of the Shrew”, “The Comedy of Errors”, and “Richard III”.
Mende is also a voice artist, she is the voice of “Siyaya” and Al Jazeera’s global health series “Lifelines”. Her Film and Television credits include “Evil in Our Midst”, “The Tunnel”, “Stokvel 6”, “Mad Dogs 3”, and “Love the One You Love” which made its debut at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival.
- Wallbridge Award Best Shakespearean Item - National Allied Arts, Harare 2003 & 2004.
- Best Actress - AFDA 2008.
- Best Actress - Durban International Film Festival 2014.
- Promising Young Artist nominee - African Movie Academy Awards 2015.