Hidden by bigger screens: Tumie Ngumla full biography

Tumie Ngumla (born 14 December 1985) is a South African actress best known as the female winner of the second season of the SABC1 reality competition Class Act, in 2011. Some may know her as Bulelwa from Rhythm City. However, more recently she can be seen playing Zola on Shadow which is streaming on Netflix. This article will clarify some details about her.

Biography: Tumelo Ngumla

Image of Tumie Ngumla.
Image of Tumie Ngumla.

Full name: Tumelo Tumie Ngumla
Date of birth: 14 December 1985 (37 years old)
Place of birth: Port St. John’s Municipality, Eastern Cape
Education: New York Film Academy (3 months course)
Occupation: Actress
Known for: Bulelwa on Rhythm City,
Height: 1.68m (estimate)
Partner: Unknown
Siblings: 4 (3 sisters and a brother)
Net worth: $200K to $300K (source: thecityceleb.com )
Nationality: South African

Early Life of Tumie Ngumla

Tumie Ngumla was born in the Eastern Cape, the last born of 5 of her parents’ children. She has 4 other siblings including one brother and 3 sisters. Moreover, she is only 37 years old as of 2022, since she was born on the 14th of December 1985. She hails from a somewhat prestigious background with her father being a business owner of a motor workshop.

Her mother however is just a stay home mother when it comes to occupation. But there’s obviously a lot she also contributes to. While many believe Ngumla started her acting journey in adulthood. She was described as precocious and a prodigy when she was young. Due to her exceptional acting skills in childhood. Moreover, she attended a private school named Vela Private school in the Eastern Cape.

Education of Tumie Ngumla

While it would be a reasonable assuumptious assessment to say she studied drama after her high school. Ngumla actually studied marketing at first, then moved to advertising.

Moreover, in 2013, Ngumla, got the opportunity to study a 3 month course at the pristegeous New York Film Academy in New York. With goals and inspiration in tow. This scholarship was part of a Talent search show by the Amstel class act of 2013. Which she had won.

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And, as a result was offered the prestigious opportunity to study in New York. So, when she returned home to begin a celebrated and we’ll curated career. She was standing on better ground.

Personal life

The young actress Tumie Ngumla moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Because saw it as being better for her career. Moreover, she has also revealed that she finds Johannesburg quite attractive.

According to Ngumla, she is not available for any man, and she has never introduced any man as her husband or boyfriend. She has kept that away from the public as far as public records are concerned.


While her height is completely unknown. Estimate of her around that is at least acceptable is 1.67m or 1.68m. While this figure may be off by an inch or two. It is far closer to her height. This is because it was estimated using people whose heights are known.

Net worth

According to a website named thecityceleb.com, Tumie has a net worth of up to $200K-300K. Which is is around R2.6 million to R4 million Rands. However, there’s no evidence backing that statement. So, take it with a grain of salt.

Career Debut on Television of Tumie Ngumla

Image of Tumie Ngumla an actress.
Image of Tumie Ngumla an actress.

Her debut was on Sabc1’s popular drama series Tempy Pushas, directed by the talented Amanda Lane,under the production house Endemol,where she portrayed the role of Princess Zembe,set against the backdrop of the lavish fashion world, and juxtaposed with the vibrant township culture.

Moreover, she then landed her first leading role on Sabc1’s political thriller Ihawu le Sizwe. Which aired three times and on all occasions attracted a very high viewing audience. The show was directed by Sechaba Morajele and produced by Provoke Entertainment. Moreover, Tumie got to broaden her horizon by playing Bulelwa on the famous soapie Rhythm City.

In international films and stories

Avenged, originally titled iNumber Number, was a 2013 South African action film written and directed by Donovan Marsh. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival. In that film, Tumi played Thuli, the wife of a cop. Moreover, Tumie was also part of the cast in the spin-off series from the movie. Which was produced by Quizzical pictures, then directed by the well acclaimed Roli Nikiwe.

Tumie Ngumla and Netflix

While she has been absent for quite a while from our TV screens. She was Trending on Netflix. Where she got the honor of portraying the role of a leading Meme in the movie Groom’s Price, directed by Mmabatho Montsho.

Moreover, on the outskirts of the beautiful landscape of Kwa Zulu Natal. Ngumla got the opportunity to work on a political drama film called Last Victim. Where she played the role of a young Lwazi in 2018. Which also premiered at the Pan African Film Festival. Furthermore, she recently scored a leading role in the much anticipated Yellow bone Entertainment produced movie Valedictory. Which was directed by Jahmil X. Qubeka. And according to Ngumla, this was a dream come true for her.

Upcoming and coclusions

Tumie Ngumla has recently completed shooting the inspiring Blood Psalms. Which promises to be a big phenomenon that will resonate in all of Africa and internationally.

Furthermore, Ngumla’s versatility shows through the intricate and lifelike roles that she has chosen to portray. And, this has allowed her to continue to thrive in this cutthroat industry for years. So, even though you barely see her on the small screen, she is still out there pushing big units on bigger screens.

Contact and booking

All this information was extracted from mainly her managtement. For bookings and contacts, you can reach out to her management her. They will also provide her Resume, showing all her expertise and experience in the field. You can also follow her on instagram.

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