Nompilo Gwala is a former model, an actress and public speaker.
After a career as a model, gracing the pages of such local and international titles as Truelove, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, ELLE and walking the runways of local brand SunGoddess, Nompilo landed her first acting role in 2012 on Mzansi Magic’s, and South Africa’s, first Telenovela, iNkaba.
She honed her acting skills on iNkaba working alongside legendary South African actors such as John Kani, Magic Hlatswayo, Baby Cele and Ernest Ndlovu. This lead to roles in SABC 3’s long running soapie, Isidingo, where she played Amuhle, and Mzansi Magic drama series Saints And Sinners, in the role of Phindile Khumalo. The latter being her most notable role to date, after two seasons and an anticipated 3rd.
Her film career began when she was cast in a lead role, in an Arabic comedy, staring alongside Egyptian actor and comedian Ramez Galal, titled “My Wife And My Wife”. As this was an Egyptian film, she had to learn to speak Arabic for the film, which was shot in both Johannesburg and Cairo, and released in 2014 across North Africa and the Middle East to great acclaim.
In 2014 she landed the role of Thandi in a Portuguese and English action film titled Diaz Santana, which is an Angolan and South African collaboration shot in Cape Town and Luanda, Angola. The film, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and released in 2016 , also stars Rapulana Seiphemo, David O’ Hara and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
In 2016, while doing an interview, she revealed publicly for the first time that much like her character Phindi , in Saints And Sinners, she too was a rape survivor and a suicide survivor. Which lead her to want to use her platform to speak to young women just like her, who have suffered with issues relating to abuse, self-esteem, depression and suicide. Which is her passion outside of the arts.
Height: 1,75m Waist: 32 Hips: 32 Shoe: 7 Hair: Dark Brown