Ama Qamata

Amamkele Lithemba Qamata (born 2 September 1998) is a South African actress, born in Cala, Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She appeared in a leading role in the South African's Netflix teen drama series Blood & Water as Puleng Khumalo.[1]

Amamkele Qamata
Born (1998-09-02) 2 September 1998 (age 22)
NationalitySouth African
Other namesAma
EducationReddam House Bedfordview
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
Years active2015 – present

Early lifeEdit

Qamata was born in Cala, Eastern Cape, and moved to Johannesburg with her family at the age of three.[2] After participating in dramatic productions at school, she appeared in advertisements for Cheese Curls and McDonalds.[3]


She is an alumna of Reddam House Bedfordview; after passing her matriculation in 2016, she took a gap year.[3] Aged 17, she made her television acting debut as Nalendi in the situation comedy My Perfect Family on SABC1.[3] She enrolled at the University of Cape Town for a Theatre and Performance degree, but withdrew from the institution during her second year.[3]

In 2020 she was in the cast of Gomora,[4] as the character of Buhle in the Mzansi Magic series.[5][6]

Later that year she appeared in Netflix's Blood & Water. Qamata's character, Puleng, has a sister who was abducted at birth, and Puleng is trying to prove that a successful swimmer from a private school is in fact her sister.[7] Kutlwano Ditsele, the casting director for Blood & Water, was executive producer on Gomora and invited Qamata to audition, which she did successfully.[3]

Qamata has also had roles in Rhythm City and Commandos: The Mission.[4]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 My Pefect Family Naledi recurring role [3]
2018 Rhythm City Thandi recurring role [4]
2020 Gomora Nobuhle Ndaba lead role [4]
2020 Blood & Water Puleng Khumalo lead role [1]


Year Award Category Nomination Result
2020 S.A Style Awards The Next Big Thing Ama Qamata Won


  1. ^ a b La Jeunesse, Marilyn (10 June 2020). "Ama Qamata speaks about her leading role on Blood & Water". Teen Vogue. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ Puckett, Lauren (22 June 2020). "Ama Qamata Knows Exactly What Blood And Water Should Do Next". Elle. Archived from the original on 27 September 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tyekana, Phila. "All the way up". True Love. South Africa: pp. 46–47. Retrieved 22 October 2020 – via PressReader.
  4. ^ a b c d Malonde, Zamandulo (3 June 2020). "Eastern Cape's Ama Qamata revels in success of hit series". The Herald. Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Retrieved 22 October 2020 – via NewsBank.
  5. ^ Mazibuko, Nonkulueko (18 June 2020). "Ama Qamata is the talk of the town". Move!. Retrieved 22 October 2020 – via PressReader.
  6. ^ "Inside Ama Qamata's journey to fame". Drum. 28 May 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020 – via PressReader.
  7. ^ "A bond that goes beyond the screen". The Sunday Independent. 14 June 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020 – via PressReader.