February 12, 1967
Mthatha, Eastern Cape
|Years active||1990 - to date|
Nambitha Mpumlwana (born 12 February 1967) is a South African film and television actress. She had a supporting role as Pumla Dube in the Academy Award winning Gavin Hood film, Tsotsi (2005). Nambitha Mpumlwana had leading roles on Interrogation Room and The Lab. In recent years she gained further acclaim for her portrayal of the Memela matriarch Mawande Memela on Generations and Mandlakazi Namane on e.tv's Ashes to Ashes.
Nambitha Mpumlwana was born on 12 February 1967 in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. She spent her early childhood in that province. At the age of 13 she moved to Canada with her mother who was studying in that country. Nambitha Mpumlwana trained in music, film and theatre. She returned to her native South Africa in the 1990s.
Nambitha Mpumlwana's early inroads in the South African entertainment industry include serving as a continuity presenter on SABC 1. In 1999 she portrayed the character of Judge Grace Ncita-Hlongwane in the television mini-series Saints, Sinners and Settlers. In 2001 she played the character of Dara in The Diamond Hunters. In 2003 Nambitha Mpumlwana appeared in film Beyond Borders and the series Scout's Safari. In 2004 she appeared in the films In My Country, Critical Assignment (2004) and Red Dust (2004). In that year she also starred in ensemble of the critically acclaimed The Bomb Shelter/ SABC 1 drama series, Yizo Yizo.