Pamela Nomvete

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Pamela Nomvete (19**- ) is a stage and film actress, writer, producer and community activist.


Born Pamela Nompumelelo Nomvete in Ethiopia , she graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1985 and spent 10 years on the British stage before moving to South Africa in 1994 in 1994, where she embarked on a very successful television career. In 2002 she married Collins Marimbe, but in 2006-7 she went through a critical period in her personal life and returned to London, where she once more took up her career as actress, performing for the performing with companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court, as well as doing TV and film work. However she has also continued working on various projects in South Africa, commuting between thge countries.

Her work as actress and producer

Her stage work in the UK has included roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court, as well as Teddy Ferrara by Dominic Cooke at the Donmar Theatre, London. (2015). Her South African work includes Julius Ceasar, A Raisin in the Sun (regional Vita award for best actress), The Good Woman of Sharkville, Nothing But The Truth (2002) for which she received a Naledi Award for Best Supporting Actor) and Ngiyadansa (which she also wrote and directed, 2015).

However her prime work has been in TV and film, with roles in the series Generations and Behind the Badge, as well as the films A Reasonable Man, Orion's Key, Zulu Love Letter, which was screened at the 2004 Cannes, Toronto and Venice film festivals (best actress award at the Fespaco film festival in 2005), the HBO film Sometimes in April, as the character Martine

She also co-wrote and co-produced a 13-part comedy series for the SABC, acted in the UK soap Coronation Street for a year (2012-3) and had an award-winning role in Nicholas Beveney’s award-winning film, Kingmakers (2013).

Her community work

She started a programme named after her parents, the Sibongile Bax Dale (SBD) arts incubation programme, co-founded with Nicholas Beveney. In 2015 the centre organised the Rise Up and Walk International Youth Arts Festival (Joburg Theatre, 14 to 16 August, 2015).

As writer

Besides the scripts she has written, she also wrote an autobiography , published as Dancing to the Beat of the Drum by in 2014, (which she has since adapted for the stage as the play Ngiyadansa).


National Arts Festival programme, 1996.

Die Burger, 4 Feb 2004.

The Star Tonight, Tuesday August 11, 2015: p4

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