Emmanuel has been in the world of stage, film and television since 1997. He completed his degree in the dramatic arts at the University of Witwatersrand. He started out in physical theatre with PJ Sabbagha and the Forgotten Angle Dance Theatre Company. He soon became involved in musical theatre and joined the world of television soap as Steve in Isidingo. In 2008 he recorded his first music album and has been writing music and performing with his band ever since. Also in 2008 he won Season 4 of South Africa’s Strictly Come Dancing. He won the 2004 people’s award for best actor in a television soapie and was nominated twice for a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) for best actor in a television series. In 2014 he was a judge for the SAFTAs.