Themba Ndaba


Themba Ndaba, is a multi-talented, Award Winning and World Nominated African Actor popularly known for his role as Brutus in the Mzansi Magic soapie, The Queen.

Background

The actor was born on the 14th of February 1965 in Soweto, Gauteng, in South Africa but he was brought up in the Swaziland Kingdom.

Education

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. Ndaba moved on to Zimbabwe where he studied Economics and Statistics. He took a break from studies and worked as a banker in Harare for a while until in 1986 to 1988 where he attended Harare Polytechnic to pursue a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies with a distinction in economics and statistics.

Family

He was previously married to Sophie Ndaba for 13 years but the two were divorced in 2007. Themba Ndaba wife is Mrs Josey Ndaba who is otherwise known as J Ndaba, and the two have 2 children; Sibusiso Ndaba and Lwandle Ndaba.  

Career

Following his tertiary studies in Economics in Harare, he assisted with English literature at the Sibikwa Drama school based in Daveyton that was mainly patronized by high school drop outs.

As a natural creative, it was here that he developed interest in the arts and cultivated his writing and acting talent, performing major roles in the Internationally acclaimed ‘Kwela Bafana’ and ‘DET Boys High’ Productions which performed across Europe, Canada and bringing to light the true nature of 1950s apartheid South Africa.

The rare skills he acquired through his involvement in theatre finally saw him in mainstream television and movies 1989-2001 where Themba was also involved in the writing of a comedy series for SABC 1 children’s programs and the inception of the award winning soapie Isidingo.

He later found himself using theatre to communicate in the mining sector and unpack specialized corporate change management in advent of the new South Africa and working with communications companies, this later on led him to establishing the Award Winning ‘Vutha Advertising which handled a few of the most sorted accounts within the SA government and corporate sector such as Petro SA, SA Rugby etc.At its height the company was billing between R15m-R20m per anum.

After the voluntary closure of the Ad Agency, in 2008, Themba slipped back to his first love acting and was immediately awarded roles in South Africa’s leading drama series, Soul City, Zone 14 and Hopeville where he was immediately nominated for Outstanding Actor in the Drama category at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in 2009 for his lead role as Amos Manyoni. Hopeville has since won the prestigious Rose D’Or Drama and Mini-Series Award in Switzerland and was also nominated for an Emmy award and won.

Themba has since his come back into acting 2009 starred in Africa’s leading dramas and telenovela such as The Road, Rockville, Zone14, Machine gun preacher and others. He is currently starring as ‘Brutus’ in the hit local drama series, The Queen on Mzansi Magic.

He is also, a Managing Creative Director at a Creative Agency, Visual Republic Media.

Awards won 

He was nominated for Outstanding Actor in the Drama category at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in 2009. Themba Ndaba also won SAFTA Award for Best Actor in Film for Hopeville and on the continent the much celebrated AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) for Best Actor in a movie Hopeville.

  • Outstanding Actor in Monte Carlo TV Festival (2009)
  • Best Lead Actor (Hopeville) – SAFTA (South African Film & TV Awards 2010) South Africa 
  • Best Actor in Leading Role (Hopeville) – AMAA (African Movie Awards 2010) Nigeria
  • Best actor in a Feature Film-Golden Horn Award (2011)

Top movies

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. 

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Themba Ndaba
First Name Thema
Surname Ndaba
Born 14th February, 1965
Home City Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa
Current City