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.
|Education||Reddam House Bedfordview|
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town|
|Years active||2015 – present|
Qamata was born in Cala, Eastern Cape, and moved to Johannesburg with her family at the age of three. After participating in dramatic productions at school, she appeared in advertisements for Cheese Curls and McDonalds.
She is an alumna of Reddam House Bedfordview; after passing her matriculation in 2016, she took a gap year. Aged 17, she made her television acting debut as Nalendi in the situation comedy My Perfect Family on SABC1. She enrolled at the University of Cape Town for a Theatre and Performance degree, but withdrew from the institution during her second year.
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. Kutlwano Ditsele, the casting director for Blood & Water, was executive producer on Gomora and invited Qamata to audition, which she did successfully.
|2016||My Pefect Family||Naledi||recurring role|||
|2018||Rhythm City||Thandi||recurring role|||
|2020||Gomora||Nobuhle Ndaba||lead role|||
|2020||Blood & Water||Puleng Khumalo||lead role|||
|2020||S.A Style Awards||The Next Big Thing||Ama Qamata||Won|
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