Profile / Biography
BIRTH NAME: Harriet Manamela
DATE OF BIRTH: 1971
PLACE OF BIRTH: Diepkloof (Soweto), Gauteng
Harriet Manamela is a South African actress best known for acting as Meikie Maputla, a no-nonsense mother to Thabo and Leeto Maputla and wife to John Maputla on SABC1 soapie drama Skeem Saam.
Early Life and Background
Harriet Manamela was born in 1971 in Diepkloof (Soweto), Gauteng. She joined Squints Artists Community Theatre Group in Alexandra and performed in The Virus and Let’s Talk About Aids at The Market Theatre Laboratory Annual Festival.
Harriet Manamela matriculated from St. Anthony’s Centre in Boksburg.
Harriet Manamela’s television debut began in the year 1998 in the popular educational drama series, Soul City.
She also performed for the Young Writers Festival at The Market Theatre for two years.
Her television career started in 1998 with Soul City, Isidingo, Yizo Yizo II, Justice For All II & III, Zero Tolerance, Soul Buddyz and Behind The Badge.
Films include Dr Lucille, Hijack Stories, and Yesterday. She recently played the lead in My Other Mother.
In 2013, she was on ETV’s Rhythm City, playing the role of Nomzamo, Suffocate’s mother who had been struggling with an alcohol addiction for years.
In 2014 she had a starring role as Elizabeth Malinga, an optimist with strong moral values, but she’s learnt not to trust the rich and their empty promises, in the SABC2 drama series Swartwater.
Also in 2014, she starred as Dieketseng Mofokeng, the sister of Dibuseng Makwarela (Nthati Moshesh), who is forced to help her sibling fight for her forgotten values, in the SABC2 thriller series Thola.
In the same year, she had a guest starring role in Episode 9 of the SABC1 docu-drama series Ngempela.
She scooped a SAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her role in the film Life Above All and was once nominated in the Vita award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in the soap Isidingo.