As of next week, Nondumiso Tembe will add a dash of sass to Generations. The 27 year-old actress will now add SA’s top soapie to her already impressive acting résumé. Nondumiso has previously starred in the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning hit HBO show True Blood and CBS series NCIS: LA.

Now, Nondumiso is set to bring an exciting element to Generations in the role of Phumelele Miya. Nondumiso has been cast as a successful fashion executive raised in New York, who has a wild and dark side. Nondumiso’s agent, Nonhlanhla Nkosi, said in a statement that Nondumiso was excited about her upcoming role.

“She will be featuring on the show for a few months before returning to LA early next year. Nondumiso is excited to be connecting with South African audiences as an actress for the first time on South African television.”

Nondumiso boasts a varied career in acting. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Political Science with a focus on Africa from New York’s New School University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. A classic dancer, Nondumiso has dabbled in theatrical acting and starred in several local plays in the lead role during her visits to South Africa. She is also an award-winning singer who has released a well received album.

Because you’re working with people who are at the very top of their fields internationally, your tools have to stay sharp.

The daughter of prominent opera singers, Nondumiso spent 10 years of her life in the USA. She came back at age 10, completed her schooling and returned to New York to do her tertiary education.

In a previous interview with DESTINY, Nondumiso shared insights into who she is when the cameras are turned off.

“I think people are very surprised by how goofy, tomboyish and low-key I am. I love to laugh and I’m not a glamorous person at all – I don’t like the hype.”

On how her experience in Hollywood has assisted her career, Nondumiso explained that it had polished her professionally.

“Because you’re working with people who are at the very top of their fields internationally, your tools have to stay sharp. The standards are high and the competition tough, so you consistently push yourself to do your very best.

“I strive for excellence in everything I do and I’m very hard on myself, so I thrive in an environment where I’m challenged and hungry.”

Catch Nondumiso in Generations from 5 December, at 8pm every week night.