Who is Nompilo Gwala?

Nompilo Gwala is a 34-year-old South African actress and former model. She is best known for her starring role as fashion designer Nothando Khumalo in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba, from 2012-2013. She also starred in Rhythm City before it was terminated as Nandi Ngobese alongside Kealeboga Masango.

Biography Facts

Nandi Ngobese played by Nompilo Gwala on Rhythm City.
Nandi Ngobese played by Nompilo Gwala on Rhythm City.

Full name: Nompilo Gwala
Gender: Female
Date of birth: July 01, 1987 (age- 34 years old)
Place of birth: Pretoria, Gauteng Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actress, Model
TV Shows: Inkaba, Rhythm City
Years Active: 2012 to present

Early life of Nompilo Gwala

Nompilo Gwala was born on the 1st of July 1987 in Pretoria, Gauteng Province in South Africa. She grew up in Pretoria where she was raised by her guardians. When she was 17 years old she saw someone she admired, who is admired by almost everyone in the world, Nelson Mandela.

Education of Nompilo Gwala

After completing her matric and tertiary education at the accredited schools and colleges in South Africa, she pursued a career in modelling.

Modelling career of Nompilo Gwala

Nompilo Gwala aka Nandi Ngobese from Rhythm City.
Nompilo Gwala aka Nandi Ngobese from Rhythm City.

After finishing her studies, she started earning a living as a model and appeared on local and international magazines such as True Love, Oprah Magazines, ELE and Glamour. She also bagged several stripes in modelling and walked on runways for local brands such as SunGoddess. [ ¹]

Acting career of Nompilo Gwala

Nompilo Gwala with her Rhythm City family, Kealeboga Masango and others.
Nompilo Gwala with her Rhythm City family, Kealeboga Masango and others.

Nompilo made her acting debut appearance in 2012 on Mzansi Magic’s first telenovela iNkaba playing the role of Nothando Khumalo. According to Nompilo, acting came by chance as she never dreamt of it before. She was too focused on modelling and couldn’t see herself in the acting industry.

Then she went on to bag a lead role in SABC 3’s former soapie, Isidingo in 2013. She played Amuhle, the late Jefferson Sibeko’s mistress, who resurfaced at his funeral. In 2014 she had a starring role in the Mzansi Magic family drama Saints and Sinners. The talented actress was playing Phindile Khumalo in Saints and Sinners. She also did a few films, her first being, My Wife And My Lady. She was cast in a lead role, the Arabic comedy, staring alongside Egyptian actor and comedian Ramez Galal.

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In 2014 Nompilo, 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. Then 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. In 2019/2020 she joined Rhythm City where she portrayed Nandi Ngobese (wife to Khulekani Ngobese) and the mother to Zintle Ngobese (played by Kealeboga Masango. [ ²]

Personal life and social media

Nompilo is on social media. She runs an Instagram account with at least 20 thousand followers. Her Instagram handle is @nompilogwala for those who want to follow her official account. There is other information on her personal life such as marital status and children or anything about her family that is known yet to us.

Filmography of Nompilo Gwala

Television serials

Tv Shows – Seasons- Characters

  • Diamond City – Season 1 – Miss Pru
  • iNkaba – Season 1 – Nothando Khumalo
  • Isidingo – Season 1 – Amuhle
  • Rhythm City – Season 1 – Nandi
  • Saints and Sinners – Season 1 to season 3 – Phindi Khumalo

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