Actress Nolwazi Shange Ngubeni is leaving eTV’s award-winning soapie Scandal!
After several months of playing the ambitiously manipulative Mbali Kubeka also known as Lady M who left viewers in anguish over her mysterious behaviour, tonight will mark the actress’ last casting call, a journey the 39-year-old says has been a “greatest joys”.
“Being on Scandal! has been one of the greatest joys of my career. I truly appreciate the immense support the producers, cast and crew have shown me. I walk away with fond memories as I prepare to take on the next phase of my journey. Thank you to all the viewers for watching and consistently supporting my work. Onwards an upwards,” said Shange Ngubeni.
The South African actress, casting director and producer who became a household name when she was awarded a SAFTA for her role in the 2008 production A Place Called Home, has earned her place on the television screens locally and abroad as she was also featured in 2011 drama film Otelo Burning that earned her two nominations for Best Actress at the South African Film and Television Awards and at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (best actress in a feature film). She has also acted in productions including Single Guyz, Nothing for Mahala, Mzali Wami while carrying out her profession as a casting director in productions such as The Chemo Club, Farewell Ella Bella, MTV Shuga, AboMama, Umlilo and the multi-award winning soap opera Rhythm City.
As she leaves Scandal!, the multi-talented thespian will continue her journey as casting director in the new season of Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Umkhokha while also acting in another production that is yet to be announced.
Head Writer and Creative Producer at Scandal!, Grace Mahlaba said: “Nolwazi carried the weight of Mbali’s schemes with such conviction, dedication and brought layers to the character that were an absolute delight to watch on screen. The Scandal! team is sad to see the end of Mbali Kubeka and we appreciate the time she spent with us.”