Lillian Dube

Real / Full Name(s) Lillian Dube
Born 22 October 1945, Orlando East, Soweto, Gauteng
Occupation Actress, Producer and Community Builder

Lillian Dube was born on June 22nd, 1945 in Orlando East, Soweto, South Africa. Lilian is a South African legendary actress, television producer and community builder best known for her role as Sister Bettina in the SABC1 drama series Soul City and as Mampho on Muvhango, SABC2 soapie drama.


Lillian started an acting career in the 1980s. She had television appearances which include  Soul Buddyz and Mponeng. She also acted in the second season of the SABC3 drama series The Lab in 2008. In 2011, She had a starring role as Koko K in the SABC1 sitcom My Perfect Family. She also played the role of Masibobe on the SABC1 soapie Generations and on SABC2 sopaie opera Muvhango as Mampho Mokoena. She created, produced and starred in the SABC2 sitcom Skwizas.


She appeared on numerous television advert of IFA and Clientele Life along Desmond Dube.

Movies / Films

She also appeared in South Africa films such as Cry the Beloved Country, Sweet & Short, Shucks I’m Gatvol, There’s A Zulu On My Stoep, The Ring and African Skies.


In the 90s she had a starring role on SABC 2 Sotho drama, Mopheme as Mmaratana. She starred in Curl Up and Dye, a theatre production that toured Scotland and Germany in 2009.


She also established a casting company, Lillian Dube Casting Agency in Johannesburg.

Personal and Community

She is a cancer survivor and have been diagnosed since 2007. She underwent surgery for breast cancer in 2008. Lillian is involved in charity work and awareness campaigns, including some for HIV/Aids and breast cancer. She is also a member of Bosom Buddies which is another breast cancer support group. She founded a Breast Health Foundation in Lesotho in 2008. She has also joined CANCERVIVE which is a new cancer awareness and educational initiative under the umbrella of the respected and well established NGO,PLWC (People Living With Cancer)

Lillian was honoured with Golden Horn Lifetime Achievement Award from South African Film and Television Awards in 2011, Best Actress Awards and Lifetime Achiever Award from Theatre Guild in 2014. She has also won awards such as The Star Tonight Award for Best Actress, Astera Award for Best Actress in drama and the Artes Award for Best Actress. She was bestowed with the IFA Hall of Fame Award by Clientele Life in 2012.