Ayanda Nkosi (born 20 January 1990) is a South African actress and TV presenter, best known for her leading roles in M-Net commissioned telenovelas Isibaya, Ayeyeand recently The Queen.
Jessica Nkosi was born in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal to Jabu Nkosi and Nhlanhlayethu Ntuli. Nkosi moved to Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal after the separation of her parents. While Nkosi was in Grade 11, her father died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Nkosi attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Although she began her studies pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, she later switched to studies toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama and Performing Arts from which she graduated in 2012
On September 2018, Nkosi and her partner Uzalo actor, Ntokozo Dlamini welcomed their daughter, Namisa Dlamini.