Themba Ndamba is a world nominated, award-winning Zulu African actor, film director, and copywriter that has had a good run in the industry. He is best known for his AMAA and SAFTA award-winning performance in the Hopeville Limited Series and Movie as well as his casting in the movie Machine Gun Preacher (2011). He is famous for having participated in Soul City and Generation soapies.
In Africa, Themba Ndaba is best known as South Africa’s favourite uncle (Malume) in his role as 'Brutus Khoza' in the popular South African TV series, The Queen by Ferguson Films. He is an established actor that has been in the industry for quite a while and is celebrated for making great contributions in different shows.
Themba Ndamba profile summary
- Name: Themba Ndaba
- Date of birth: 14th of February 1965
- Place of birth: Soweto, Gauteng
- Profession: Actor, film director, copywriter
- Current wife: Josey Ndaba
- Children: Rudo Ndaba, Lwandle Ndaba, and Sibusiso Ndaba
- Facebook: @thembandaba.actor
- Twitter: @IAMTHEMBANDABA
- Instagram: @themba_ndaba
Themba Ndaba biography
Themba has achieved so much in his career and family life. He is one of those people in society we consider role models. Here is everything useful you need to know about him.
Themba Ndaba early life
On the subject of Themba Ndaba age, the actor was born 55 years ago on the 14th of February 1965. His place of birth is Soweto, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Themba Ndaba grew up in the Kingdom of Swaziland where his Anglican missionary parents (Reverend TJ Ndaba) were forced to relocate their family, during the armed struggle in Apartheid South Africa.
The actor began his school in 1970 and was done with his high school in 1982. He attended St Mark’s High School back in Mbabane Swaziland. He attended Harare Polytechnic to pursue a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies with a distinction in economics and statistics. He also holds a Unisa, Theology Diploma in Leadership and Life Training (Cum laude).
Themba Ndaba wife is Sebolelo (Josey) Ndaba, and the couple have two children, Sibusiso Ndaba and Lwandle Ndaba. He currently lives with his family in Midvaal, South Africa.
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While many may know him as Brutus from 'The Queen', his career began much earlier. The multi-talented actor picked an interest in the arts quite early in his life. This prompted him to get into writing and performance which he has since excelled in. He is noted for being part of Isindigo's inception not to mention the writing of a children's programme as well as a comedy show on SABC1.
He joined with others to form Vutha Advertising Agency in 2002 and serves as the creative director. His debut into acting was in Soul City and later at Hopeville. He also got nominated as the Outstanding Actor in the Drama category at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in 2009. He is known to have won the SAFTA Award for the category of Best Actor in Film for Hopeville as well as his win on AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) for the same category and movie.
Themba is known for having been part of both local and internal shows such as 'The Road' on DSTV, Zone 14 that airs on SABC, as well as Machine Gun Preacher. He currently serves at a creative agency in South Africa as the Managing Creative Director and Co-founder of the Visual Republic Media.
Those who have known him recently may best identify him as Brutus Khoza of the Queen series. He has acted as 'The Queen Brutus' for the show's first 4 seasons. Fans of the Mzanzi show have stuck to the show since it first premiered in 2016 probably because of Brutus, the unique uncle. His advice is not what you get from an average African uncle, not to mention that his vocabulary may not have been invented yet.
But all these aspects are what made Brutus from The Queen a household name. Fans had threatened to stop watching the show sometime back when it appeared as though plots of Themba Ndaba leaving the Queen were underway when his character seemed to have died after a bomb exploded. It was clear then as it is now that he is the main man and that the Queen would be dead if he did not star in it.
- Best Actor (The Queen) - DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards 2017, South Africa
- Best Lead Actor (Hopeville) - South African Film & Television Awards 2010, South Africa
- Best Actor in Leading Role (Hopeville) - African Movie Academy Awards 2010, Nigeria
- Nominated Outstanding Actor (Hopeville) - (Golden Nymph Awards) Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2009
In 2019, Themba Ndaba turned down his second nomination for Best Actor (The Queen) from DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards, South Africa to give other long-standing nominees a chance at the trophy.
The following are some of his top movies and roles that he played in:
- Hopeville - Season 1 where he acted as Amos Manyani.
- Mfolozi Street - Season 1 where he acted as Madlisa.
- Rhythm City - Season 1 where he acted as Troll.
- Rockville - Season 4 where he acted as Ngema.
- Soul City - Season 9 where he acted as Zimele.
- The Queen - Season 1 to 4 where he acted as Brutus Khoza.
- The Road - Season 1 where he acted as Silas Mhlaba Ziqubu.
Latest news and the EFF
Themba was with Malema of the EFF back in May 2019 as indicated by the party's Facebook post. Themba Ndaba is not your ordinary actor. He has created a name for himself and is a formidable force to reckon with in the acting world of South Africa. He is a perfect example of how passion and focus can help a person to achieve what he wants.
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