Meet Rhythm City Actress Nandi In Real Life

Meet Rhythm City Actress Nandi In Real Life

Nompilo Gwala is a South African model and actress. Active since 2012 in her debut role as fashion designer Nothando Khumalo in South Africa’s first Telenovella, Mzansi Magic’s Inkaba( 2012-2013).  She well  known for her role as Nandi on the e.tv soapie Rhythm City. The actress was born on the 1st of July 1987 (age 33 years)  Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

After a career as a model, decorating the pages of such local -South African- and international titles as Truelove, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, ELLE and walking the runways of local brand Sun Goddess, Nompilo landed her first acting role in 2012 on Mzansi Magic’s, and South Africa’s, first Telenovela, iNkaba.

She groomed her acting skills on iNkaba working alongside famous South African actors such as John Kani, Magic Hlatswayo, Baby Cele and Ernest Ndlovu. This lead to roles in SABC 3’s long-running daily, Isidingo, where she played Amuhle, and later a Mzansi Magic drama series, Saints And Sinners, in the role of Phindile Khumalo.

Her film career began when she was cast in a lead role, in an Arabic comedy, starring alongside Egyptian actor and comedian Ramez Galal, titled “My Wife And My Lady” (2014). In 2014 she landed the role of Thandi in a Portuguese and English action film titled Diaz Santana, which is an Angolan and South African collaboration shot in Cape Town and Luanda, Angola. The film, which was partitioned at the Cannes Film Festival and released in 2016.

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In 2016, while doing an interview, she revealed publicly for the first time that much like her character Phindi, in Saints And Sinners, she too was a rape and a suicide survivor. Which lead her to want to use her platform to speak to young women just like her, who have suffered with issues relating to abuse, self-esteem, depression and suicide. Which is her passion outside of the arts.

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