Pamela Nomvete

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

** Born Ethiopia. Training  Welsh College of Music & Drama. She has worked extensively in the theatre in the United Kingdom. Came back to SA in 1992.  


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 - her ancestral home – 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 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 ad producer

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 and Orion's Key. Nomvete also starred in the film Zulu Love Letter, which was screened at the 2004 Cannes, Toronto and Venice film festivals. She trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and won best actress award at fespaco 2004.

She also co-wrote and co-produced a 13-part comedy series for the SABC, appeared in the films A Reasonable Man and Orion's Key. the HBO film Sometimes in April, as the character Martine, , won a best actress award at the Fespaco film festival in 2005 for the role she played in the film Zulu Love Letter , and acting in Coronation Street for a year and completing an award-winning role in and in Nicholas Beveney’s award-winning film, Kingmakers (2013).

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).

Her community work

She runs the Sibongile Bax Dale centre, which she runs in Braamfontein , Johannesburg, and in 2015 organised the Rise Up and Walk International Youth Arts Festival. August 14 to 16 2015 As a writer Besides the scripts she has written, she also wrote an autobiography , published as Dancing to the Beat of the Drum by Kwela in 2014, as well as an adaptation of the book as a play called 'Ngiyadansa' , with poetry by Lebo Mashile . In 2015 she directed the play for performance at the Joburg Theatre. (Ngiyadansa is written and directed by Pamela Nomvete, Poems by Lebo Mashile, Choreographed by Mbulelo Jonas and Mbulelo Ndabeni, Music by Majola and Bonginkosi Zondo – 2015)


National Arts Festival programme, 1996.

Die Burger, 4 Feb 2004.

The Star Tonight, Tuesday August 11, 2015: p4

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