Alfred Ntombela says his height helped him with his acting

BEST known for his
collaborations with
comedian, Leon
Schuster, actor, Alfred
Ntombela (45), has
been entertaining us with
his funny acting for years. He
has starred in movies such as
Mr Bones2, Oh Schucks, I’m
Gatvol, Mama Jack and many
more. Alfred, who is a father
of two, was born and raised
in Vosloorus, Ekhurhuleni. He
does not want to dwell much
on his family as he didn’t have
a good upbringing.

Alfred says he started acting
when he was seven years old.
He explains that it was always
his dream to be on TV and is
thankful to his late manager
who helped him meet up with
Leon. “I wanted an opportunity
to act, but I was afraid that no
one would let me explore my talent because of my
height. But when I met Leon Schuster, he was always
looking for teenagers for some roles and I was given
an opportunity to act because of my
height,” he says.
Alfred says most roles required
seven year olds, but the problem
with some children is that they
couldn’t read the scripts because
they were too young.
“I got the chance to act because I
could read scripts by then. My height
helped me with my acting job.”

Alfred says acting was always his
first love, but he couldn’t make it his career. He
considers acting as a hobby, not something he can
make a living from.
“Besides acting I have a
full-time job as a miner.
I feel that being an
actor is something that
comes and goes. I love
being on screen and
entertaining people, but
I wouldn’t say acting
is something that I can
live off,” he says.
He explains to Move!
that he is grateful for
the opportunities Leon
gave him and thankful
for the support he gets
from his fans.
He says he loves
working with Leon
and they get along
very well.
“But most people
think I am that close
with Leon, but we are
not. I wouldn’t say we
are friends because
the only time we
communicate is when
there is a project that has to be done, but other than
that we don’t talk often,” says Alfred.

Alfred is back on television
with a drama called, Soap On
A Rope and says fans must
expect a lot of laughter from
the show.
Soap On A Rope, which
airs every Friday evening
at 7:30pm on SABC3, is a
comedy-drama which unfolds
on the set and behind the
scenes of a struggling South
African soap opera.
“On the show, I play the character of a detective and
I promise people will love it. The character suits me
very well. It’s a must watch.”