She comes alive on screen

2013_7largeimg329_Jul_2013_093440190gallery-Toya-You-spec-2Letoya is no stranger to television. She made her very first t.v appearance at the tender age of 7, starring as one of Brenda Fassie’s backup vocalists in her hit song- Ngiyakusaba.

Two years later her parents decided to sign her to an agency and the rest as they say was history! She landed her first role in a commercial for Edgars but being a child, she still didn’t make much of it, until she was discovered at a school concert where she was singing, by none other than Gaenor!

Letoya’s life took an unexpected turn when she landed her first presenting  job at the sweet age of 10! Yep! K-T.V signed her up the minute they saw her.

At the age of 11, Letoya went on to present The Rainbow Starship on SABC but that wasn’t all for the little star- the producers of the show selected her to be the anchor presenter for the Disney UNESCO Children’s Summit in France, where she did an outstanding job of presenting links between South Africa and France. This was also when The Rainbow Starship was going through it’s name change to what we now know as Yo-T.V. So Letoya was in actual fact the very first face to be associated with Yo-T.V! Not bad for a child!

After a while of juggling school and work, Letoya decided it was time to take a break and just be a kid. She left our screens for a while but made a big come back at 16 as a Channel O V.J. The young adolescent traveled quite a bit with the show to countries like Ghana and Zimbabwe where she had a huge following by simply being fabulous.

But this wasn’t enough for this Go-Getter…2003 proved to be a remarkable year for Letoya…the year she proved to be the IT girl of the industry! At only 18yrs old, she was chosen to be the Idols Presenter alongside Collin Moss. Taking  Africa through the contestants’ emotional journeys with the utmost finesse.

In 2005, after coming back from initiation school, Letoya’s fan base only got bigger, as she Became a V.J on The Africa Channel, a show that has a viewership base in the Caribbean, U.K and for cable network in the States.

With all her achievements, Letoya decided to focus more on her acting, as this is what she studied along with music. So when Rhythm City was running auditions, she jumped on it, taking centre stage in a heart wrenching role of a junkie – far from the glamorous Letoya we were all so used to seeing. She made waves…she got people talking…she made their jaws drop…she gave a gripping performance!

She gained the respect of producers in the film industry, but this wasn’t enough for Letoya. In 2010, highly pregnant and tired, she auditioned for Isidingo. ‘Ayanda Diale’ launched her back into the industry in 2011 and her journey has been non-stop excitement ever since.

In 2013, she will appear in the new hit series, End Game on SABC 1. The show flights 31 October!

Letoya’s Television journey also includes:


  • Eduloan
  • Debonairs
  • Nandos
  • Family Affair (Documentary)


  • Mr Bones
  • Dube On Monday
  • My Zulu Promise (short film)
  • The Res
  • Captain Shisa’s Fire Brigade
  • Fame
  • The Rainbow’s Child