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Gambian wins best debutant award in UK actors’ contest

Nov 22, 2013, 9:30 AM | Article By: Lamin Cham

Young UK-based Gambian actress Kumba Gomez was on Sunday, in front of thousands at the Hilton hotel in Egware, London, awarded the Zafaa 2013 trophy for the best New Comer Actress 2013.

“This is an honour and pride to us all as Gambians who voted or helped to secure more votes for her. This award is dedicated to all the youths of The Gambia, especially those wishing to be actors and actresses”, said George Gomez, father of the beautiful young actress.

The stylish and sweet Marie Kumba Gomez was born on the 16th of February 1994 in The Gambia. She is the daughter of a renowned playwright, author and publisher, George Gomez, and a Nursing Sister & Health Adviser Sainabou Samba Gomez. She studied drama at Brampton Manor School and got a Grade A. She is currently studying Tourism Management at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Marie Gomez came into the spotlight when she won the first “Class Act’ talent hunt in Britain organized by the renowned film director Ruke Amata in 2011”, in which she was offered a lead role in “The Past Came Calling” directed by Ruke Amata himself; which featured one of Nigeria’s top actresses, Chioma Chukwuka, and another top Ghanaian actor, John Dumelo. The Past Came Calling, a feature film, was premiered in Banjul, in London and in Nigeria.

Marie has also featured in several movies produced in the UK like 1. Hunting 4 Hubbies, 2. Life Beyond; 3. Shameful Deceit; 4. Battered; 5. Single & Searching; 6 Cafe Afrik; 7. 18 Carat Mama; and currently on set for multiple products. Her manager, Ruke Amata, is a renowned top director in Nollywood, who is also the founder of the talent hunt “Class Act “.