- Former Isibaya star Nomzamo Mbatha has signed with LA-based talent agency CAA
- The homegrown talent went from growing up on the streets of KwaMashu to sharing the screen with Eddie Murphy in the highly-anticipated film Coming2America
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at what the actress has been up to
South African actress, activist and UN ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha proves that not even 2020 can stop her star from rising.
Mbatha, who garnered local fame through her performance of Thandeka Zungu on Isibaya, has reportedly signed a deal with Creative Artists Agency. CAA boasts an impressive client list including heavyweight names like Will Smith and Nicole Kidman.
Mbatha’s signing follows her already impressive career move of starring alongside Eddie Murphy in Coming2America which, according to IMDB, wrapped filming in November 2019.
Her current success could not be in starker contrast to the humble beginnings of her childhood, as she noted in a recent Instagram post:
“…here’s the girl from the dusty streets of KwaMashu rewriting and controlling the narrative of her life.”
TVSA credits Nomzamo’s first foray into entertainment as being when she made the Top 3 in 2012’s MTV VJ talent search. She subsequently cemented her place as a household name in 2013 through her role on Isibaya, one she played for 8 seasons and for which she earned a SAFTA nomination. Her career took off from there and she has starred in numerous productions and TV presentations since.
In addition to her work in the entertainment industry; The Times reports on Mbatha’s decision to “use her stardom for good”, describing her goodwill ambassadorship with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
This is hardly the first time Mbatha has displayed her caring nature. When she completed her study of a BCom Accounting degree at the University of Cape Town, she chose to use her clothing to highlight mental health.
“The black and white dress had the SA Depression & Anxiety Group’s toll-free number printed on it and featured pictures of the people she has lost.”
Nomzamo also represents and is sponsored by brands Neutrogena, PUMA and Veuve Clicquot. The latter recently sent her a belated birthday gift in the form of a champagne vintage from her birth year. As if that was not representative enough of the star’s success, she most recently flew back home to Durban to watch her own horse run its first race at Greyville racetrack. Nomzamo currently resides in Los Angeles where she will surely continue her career’s upward trajectory.
In other Nomzamo-related news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on her COVID-compliant birthday celebrations. Nomzamo Mbatha turns 30: Inside the starlet's birthday celebration
The actress expressed the unconventional aspects of having a lockdown celebration, but chose to attribute it to the pattern of her unconventional life's journey. Nomzamo's 30th birthday was complete with well-wishes from fans and celebrities alike, and took to Instagram to express her feelings on entering her third decade.
"A Happy New Year to me. May it continue to be challenging, rewarding, intentional, abundant and COURAGEOUS. I will choose to see the depth and Bigness of this here soul and pour into my well of self-love."
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