BIRTH NAME: Themba Ndaba
DATE OF BIRTH: 14th of February 1965
PLACE OF BIRTH: Soweto, Gauteng
OCCUPATION: Director, Actor, and Writer
WIFE: Josey Ndaba
EX-WIFE: Sophie Ndaba (now Sophie Lichaba)
CHILDREN: Rudo Ndaba, Lwandle Ndaba and Sibusiso Ndaba
Themba Ndaba is a South African director, actor, and writer best known for playing the role of Brutus Khoza in Mzansi Magic soapie drama The Queen.
Early Life , Background And Childhood
Themba Ndaba was born on the 14th of February 1965 in Soweto, Gauteng and grew up in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Themba Ndaba is married to Josey Ndaba and they have two children, Lwandle Ndaba and Sibusiso Ndaba.
He was married to actress Sophie Ndaba and they have divorced in 2007.
Themba began school in 1970 and completed high school at St Mark’s High School in Mbabane Swaziland 1982. He studied Economics and Statistics in Zimbabwe. He worked in a bank for three years prior to going to Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe from 1986-1988 where he studied for a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies with distinctions in Economics and Statistics.
Themba then found an interest in the arts and cultivated his writing and acting skills in which finally saw him in mainstream theatre and later into television and movies 1989-1996. In this time Themba was also involved in the story inception of the Isidingo and wrote a comedy series for SABC1 and children’s programme.
In 2002 Themba and a few liked minded individuals formed the award wining Vutha Advertising Agency one of the first leading black agencies, where he was Creative Director.
Themba ventured into acting in SA’s leading drama series’, Soul City and Hopeville where he was nominated for Outstanding Actor in the Drama category at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in 2009. Themba Ndaba recently won SAFTA Award for Best Actor in Film for Hopeville and on the continent the much celebrated AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) for Best Actor in a movie Hopeville. He has since starred in local and international sitcoms such as The Road (DSTV), Zone 14 (SABC), Machine Gun Preacher and many more.
Themba is currently a Managing Creative Director and Co-founder of Visual Republic Media, www.visualrepublic.co.za. A Creative agency based in South Africa.
Themba won Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film in 2011 and Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor In Leading Role in 2011.