Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Mbatha was born on July 13, 1990 in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She is an actress, known for Coming 2 America (2021), Isibaya (2014) and Die Like Lovers (2022).

Hollywood came knocking when Nomzamo Mbatha was in Abu Dhabi.

As an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the South African actress was working on a 2019 promotional film for the agency when her life changed. “I got a call from the producers from Coming 2 America and they wanted me to be in Los Angeles the following day for an audition,” she tells The National, after a recent guest appearance at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“I was working with the brilliant team in Abu Dhabi, shooting in this huge warehouse for emergency relief. We managed to get the job done and I immediately took a car to Dubai Airport to fly to the US.”

Mbatha, 31, not only credits the long flight for allowing her time to nail the script in the audition, but also the freewheeling nature of the South African entertainment industry for keeping her on point.

She may have been a newbie to Hollywood, but in her homeland, Mbatha is a successful actress and television personality, having starred in the 2015 romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something and hosted reality travel series Holiday Swap KZN.

“There is a lot to say about working with passionate people with limited resources. There is a lot of grit involved and every day, something new is thrown at you, so every day did feel like I was on the training ground,” she says.

“It helps to keep you sharp and focused, so when opportunities come, you are ready to take them.”

Coming 2 America has been a game-changer for Mbatha.

Her vibrant performance as Mirembe, the love interest of Prince Akeem’s (Eddie Murphy) son, opened more doors and she recently completed shooting an action film, Die Like Lovers, with Bruce Willis.

Go girl, Congratulations!!

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