Thomas Gumede Biography: New Father, Age, Early Life, Education, Career, Relationships, Controversy, Net Worth

Award-winning actor set to dominate the media world.

By  | May 22, 2020, 10:57 AM

Thomas Gumede is a renowned AFDA alumni, which is South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.

He is a media mogul who is focused on his craft as an actor and director.

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Here is how Thomas Gumede rose to fame and achieved his dreams. 

Thomas Gumede New Father

Welcome to the fathers' club was the congratulatory message from most to Thomas Gumede.

This comes after actress Zola revealed the big news earlier this year that she was going to be a mother, however she kept the baby daddy's identity a secret. Zola left her legions of fans excited and anxious at the same, while others were dying to know who the father is.

Mzansi then learnt that Thomas Gumede is the father to Zola Nombona's baby and fans couldn't be more ecstatic. Zola and Thomas both shared the news separately on their social media. 

Thomas Gumede and his captions did not reveal the mother's identity and Zola did not mention who the baby daddy is either. However, after assessing the ultrasound pictures, it seems as though the couple is expecting their first baby together and fans are ecstatic.

“I remember clearly the day I found out about you. Your mother looked at me and said “I’m pregnant” and then proceeded to cry. I understood it was tears of joy, anxiety, excitement, disbelief, love and the small realization that life will never be the same again. As I’ve watched you grow from trying to feel for the 1st kick, to beg you to stop guquluzing and playing soccer and your mother’s tummy now in 3rd trimester😂😭🙏🏾.

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Much to Mzansi celebrating that Thomas is going to be a father, he dropped a bombshell on the fans. Somehow, Mzansi got it all wrong and Thomas said that he is not the father to Zola Nombona's unborn child.

He joked about the little revelation on Twitter by saying that what people actually saw was the baby's name. Mzansi is not buying though as there is also a date of birth written which is the same as Zola's 10/03/1992 on the ultrasound.

Thomas Gumede Age

Thomas was born on 6th February 1986. He is 34 years old.

Thomas Gumede Early Life

Thomas was born in KwaZulu-Natal and his family later relocated to Johannesburg to seek employment opportunities. 

At the time, Thomas was only 13. Growing up, Thomas' interests in acting started at a young age and he was always fascinated by the media industry. 

Thomas Gumede Education

Thomas Gumede enrolled at AFDA to study cinematography after completing high school. This was through his ever growing interests for the media industry and his hopes of becoming a well-known actor in the country.

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Thomas Gumede Career

Thomas Gumede started his career with Volkswagen Passat starring in their advertisement.

When he eventually got into acting, he started as a comedian for several television shows.

 He featured in several movies and he ended up being a reality television show host alongside Lungile Radu and Siyabobonga Ngwekazi also known as Scoop Makhathini. 

Television show 

After his debut with the Volkswagen advertisement, Thomas Gumede landed a role on SABC 1 Drama series,  A Place Called Home, in 2006 which was aired until 2009.  He played the role of Siphiwe.

In 2007, he was a co-host for SABC 1 Youth Talk show - The Cypher. 

He landed yet another role on SABC’s 1 Bay of Plenty; a reality show that was shot in Durban North and the South beach focused on the lifesavers and their lifestyles. He hosted the show for a year until 2008. 

In November 2008, he became a host for a reality comedy show So You Think You’re Funny until January 2009. Thomas Gudeme’s other high-profile shows as a host include Ridiculousness Africa alongside Boity Thulo and Basketmouth.

Reality shows

He appeared on a reality show which he produced with his friends, Lungile and Siya - Forever Young. The show was about the realities they faced while chasing their dreams in the industry. 

Through their hard work, they scored a slot with Vuzu to air their show and with the show having a high viewership, they eventually moved it to Mzansi Magic.

During the same year, Thomas Gumede was a cast member of the SABC 3 satirical sketch comedy series Sketch U Later. He came in as a replacement for Siyabonga Radebe the host of the Vuzu docu-reality series Top Shayela.

In 2016, he hosted Mzansi Magic's reality show Love Back aimed at reuniting long lost lovers and give them a shot to fix their relationship.  In the same year, he was also one of the three co-hosts on the MTV video clip show Ridiculousness Africa and acted in the South African box office feature film Tell Me Sweet Something.

Movies, Comedy & Production 

Thomas Gumede appeared on the silver screen and has also been part of the production side of television.

He featured in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom starring alongside actor Idris Elba.

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He worked behind the scenes on Mzansi Magic’s drama known as Abomama as its director as well as executive producer. The cast included the likes of  Nokuthula Ledwaba who played Mapule, Joyce Skefu who played Fumane, Unati Guma who played Dora and Khanyi Mbau who played Tshidi.

As a stand-up comedian, he also performed at the 99% Zulu Comedy Show in Durban working alongside the likes of David Kau

Thomas Gumede Awards

Thomas Gumede has been fortunate to work with some of the greatest people in the industry.

Here are his awards:

2009 - Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama at the South African Film and Television Awards
2015 - Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Comedy at the South African Film and Television Awards

Thomas Gumede is set on working extra hard and that may see him pick up more awards along the way. 

Thomas Gumede Controversy

Thomas Gumede was in a relationship for a  while with Samkelo Ndlovu, but the two saw it fit to break up.

During the time of their relationship, Trevor Noah was allegedly asking Samkelo out but she rejected him. In her own words she said:

"I was too young and oh, and I was dating Thomas (Gumede). He was not ‘Trevor’ yet. I was straight out of college. My life was taking off. He was just a sweet guy, always cracking jokes and wanted this film made. We lived in the same area code. Sometimes he would pick me up so that we’d go to set together, so he was a sweetheart. My boyfriend hated it at the time. When he found out he was like, ‘What, he picked you up?’ I was like ‘We are working on the same set…’ no Trevor was a sweetheart." 

When Trevor asked her out, she turned him down. She said that she was too young to date the comedian, who was not famous at the time. She had just finished college, had a whole life ahead of her, and was dating Thomas Gumede at the time.

Thomas Gumede also had a romantic fling that happened with the MTV VJ Nomuzi Mabena After some time the couple ended their relationship in 2014. The following year, Thomas developed an interest for Nomzamo Mbatha but their relationship only lasted for a few months. 

Thomas Gumede Business

Thomas Gumede is the director and co-director of Parental Advisory Production company. He started the company in the year 2011 and Thomas Gumede said that he did not start for the sake of business , but it was all passion driven.

The company has got 3 other directors, Lungile Radu, Siyabonga Ngwekazi and Simphiwe Mhlongo. The company's growth over the years has been proof that hard work, dedication and team work definitely do pay off. The company is behind the creation of hit reality shows "Forever Young" and "MoLove"

Thomas Gumede shared that his sole purpose for him to work twice as hard is driven by his passion.

As we have seen the timeline of his life, the actor dares himself to go over the limits to be the best version of himself and keep delivering great content.

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