Reaping The Rewards
Bona|September 2017

Even though she started in radio, Vatiswa Ndara’s passion lay in acting. So, the 47-year-old actress pursued her dream until she realised it. Now, she keeps us glued to our TV screens.

Amanda Mtuli

Originally from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Vatiswa is the youngest of four siblings. She comes from a musical family. On Sundays, her late father would sit at the piano while she and her siblings gathered around him, and they’d all sing together. When she was six years old, her family moved to the UK as her parents wanted to further their studies.

THE ACTING DREAM

Vatiswa was exposed to television for the first time while living abroad. During that time, television shows such as Dallas and Fame were showing. She knew then that she wanted to be an actress. “It all started when I saw English news presenters Angela Rippon and Anna Ford on one of the BBC channels. At the time, I couldn’t speak a word of English. But, I thought that I could do it too. So after watching the news, I’d go to my bedroom and use my sister’s comb as a microphone to do a news report in front of the mirror.” Although she played news reporter, the acting dream was bigger. “I could do both news reading and acting, but I wanted acting more,” says Vatiswa.

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