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Pamela Nomvete was born in Ethiopia. She graduated from the Welsh College of Music and Drama and worked in England for some years before immigrating to South Africa in 1994. She gained noterity in the South African soap opera Generations. Her character Ntsiki Lukhele was so convincing that she was slapped in the face for it by someone in a restaurant because they didn’t like her character! The role won her a Duku Duku Best Actress award.
Pamela also won the Best Actress award for her role in Raisin in the Sun. She was also nominated for Best Actress for The Good Woman of Sharkville, an adaptation of Brecht’s Good Woman of Sechuan. Pamela shared the stage at The Market Theatre with John Kani and Nthati Moshesh in Nothing But The Truth.
Her lead role in Zulu Love Letter brought her more Best Actress awards. She played a journalist attempting to come to terms with her past while trying to reconcile with her daughter. Pamela fought to get the role just she could play a strong African woman.
Pamela also played the role of Martine, Augustin’s (Idris Elba) girlfriend in Sometimes In April.