Nondumiso Tembe

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Nondumiso Tembe
Born Nondumiso Tembe
(1984-12-14) December 14, 1984 (age 35)
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Education Yale School of Drama
  • Actress
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Dancer
Years active 2010 - to date
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Nondumiso Tembe (14 December 1984) is a South African actress, singer, songwriter and dancer. She gained wide recognition and acclaim for her emotionally intense portrayal of tragic Creole maid, Mavis, in the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning hit HBO show “TRUE BLOOD". In 2013 she made her debut on SABC 1 soap opera, Generations, where she portrayed a character of Miss Mya, she acted alongside Menzi Ngubane, Sophie Ndaba, Mike Mvelase, Winnie Ntshaba, Thami Mngqolo and Zolisa Xaluva.

She is also an award-winning singer, her debut album Izwi Lami was released on 20 January 2011.

Early Life

Nondumiso Tembe was born on December 14, 1984 in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Nondumiso spent her formative years in New York City, while her parents, South African soprano Linda Bukhosini and tenor Bongani Tembe, studied music at the Juilliard School. The family returned home to South Africa when Nondumiso was 10 years old, at the end of Apartheid. At 17 she returned to the Big Apple on her own, to study Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Political Science with a focus on Africa from New York’s New School University and a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Political Science with a focus on Africa from New York’s New School University and spent a summer studying Classical Theatre at the British American Dramatic Academy at the illustrious Oxford University in England. She has studied Ballet and African dance for 18 years, namely at the distinguished Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Djoniba African Dance and Drum Center in New York City.


  1. bona, Hanging With Nondumiso Tembe, 28 December 2018
  2. timeslive, King Kong actress Nondumiso Tembe strives to protect her African heritage, 28 December 2018
  3. nondumisotembe, about, 28 December 2018
  4. destinyconnect, Nondumiso Tembe joins Generations, 28 December 2018
  5. iol, Durban actress stars in Michael Jackson film, 4 January 2019
  6. sowetanlive, Kelly K‚ Bubu Mazibuko and Nondumiso Tembe to star in hilarious new SA film, 4 January 2019
  7. essence, Get To Know ESSENCE Festival Durban Speaker Nondumiso Tembe , 4 January 2019
  8. timeslive, The Playhouse to produce 'Cinderella', 4 January 2019
  9. timeslive, My Joburg: Linda Bukhosini, 14 January 2019