04 April 2019, News

AFDA alumna Shamilla Miller plays the role of ‘Jenna Galloway’, on the record breaking Showmax Original murder mystery series, The Girl From St Agnes. The trailer to the series was viewed more than two million times on various platforms before the release of the series . After its release, the show broke a vital record. In the first 24 hours, the number of unique viewers exceeded that of the previous record holder: Showmax Original Tali’s Wedding Diary. The Girls From St Agnes has the country talking.

On St Agnes Shamilla is joined by fellow alumni Richard Lukunku on screen, who plays the role of ‘Kgalala Molopo’. Behind the scenes AFDA alumni Nimrod Geva (co-producer), Zoe Laband (writer) and Melanie Jankes – Golden (editor) take up key positions on this original SA success story.

Shamilla graduated with a bachelors degree in Film and Live Performance from AFDA Cape Town, after which she spent a few years moulding her craft on stage with the likes of David Kramer and Alfred Rietman. She then teamed up with Vulture Productions where she was a part of five plays that went on to show at the Artscape and Grahamstown Festival. 

After a string of commercials, she landed her first lead television role in a youth drama series AMAZA where she played a young Muslim girl that had a strong passion for surfing. She narrowly missed a win in Top Actor Africa 2016, and has been in several other local productions, including Isidingo, Zibondiwe and The Docket.

She was offered the lead in the SAFTA nominated hit film Nommer 37, directed by Nosipho Dumisa, after starring in the short film that inspired the feature. Unfortunately Nommer 37 was shooting at the same time as the BBC 8 part series, Troy: Fall of a City in which she played ‘Athena’.

Shamilla was nominated for and won ‘Best Actress in a Short Film’ at the Mzanzi Short Film Festival for her role in Nommer37. She has also had her hand in international and local films, Zulu. Scardy Kat, Finders Keepers and Sonskyn Beperk. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamilla was nominated for and won ‘Best Actress in a Short Film’ at the Mzanzi Short Film Festival for her role in Nommer37. She has also had her hand in international and local films, Zulu. Scardy Kat, Finders Keepers and Sonskyn Beperk. 

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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